One of the newest tactics pushed by anti-working family extremists is to attempt to pass "right to work" laws at the local government level, and Kentucky is one of the first battlegrounds for this new approach to attacking workers. Several counties have passed such ordinances even though the out-of-state interests behind the efforts can't get such laws passed at the state level. But Hardin County's working families aren't taking the attacks without fighting back, and are taking the recently passed law in Hardin County to court, arguing that it is illegal.
“A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one,” legendary former U.S. House Speaker Sam Rayburn famously once observed.
Kentucky unions think they have a master carpenter in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who is after Sen. Mitch McConnell’s job. The barn McConnell wants to bash is organized labor, says the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which endorsed Grimes last year because of her commitment to working families.
Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan needed more volunteers to help make phone calls, canvass neighborhoods and hand out leaflets on behalf of union-endorsed candidates. So he dispatched out an “All hands on deck!” email to labor activists statewide. When Louisville labor troubadour and composer J.P. Wright got the cyber message, he grabbed a pencil and his guitar and wrote a song.
First, we’re starting a statewide Young Workers Program. Second, we’re doing it in the year that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the youngest secretary of state in the country, is going to beat one of the oldest obstructionists in Washington [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell], as far as the labor movement is concerned.
This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that if Republicans took control of the Senate in the November elections and he became majority leader, he would increase the use of tactics that could lead to future government shutdowns. He said he would favor spending bills with extensive riders on them that would likely be opposed by the president. McConnell indicated that he would be perfectly okay with a government shutdown in those circumstances.
Alison Lundergan Grimes says Bluegrass State union members are her “secret weapon.” Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is seeking to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This weekend, she told several hundred union members:
Charles Showalter paraphrases Mark Twain when he hears somebody preach the funeral of unions and union radio. “The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” says Showalter, host of "The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio," based in Pittsburgh.
How many times have you heard some labor hater claim that unions only care about their own members? The claims are baloney, of course. Unions advocate for more than just men and women who pack union cards.