Kentucky State AFL-CIO


   Jeff Wiggins will receive this year’s W.C. Young Labor Award at the annual W.C. Young Award reception and dinner in Paducah on Aug. 23.
   The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council. It is named for the late W.C. Young, a national labor and civil rights leader from Paducah.

EDITOR’S NOTE FROM KENTUCKY STATE AFL-CIO PRESIDENT BILL LONDRIGAN: “All: The teachers of the Jefferson County Teachers Association and classified employees of JCAESP-AFSCME Local 4011 are under attack and would like you to help them bring attention to their situation. So check out the flyer below for all of the details and a link to RSVP for this planned action on Monday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. and plan to show up and bring some friends and fellow trade unionists. I hope to see you there! Bill.
   Rally with us to protect JCPS Teachers & Employees. RSVP here:
   Stop the Attacks on JCPS Teachers & Employees
   Join us on July 28th at 7pm as we rally at the JCPS Board of Education monthly meeting to highlight the attacks on JCPS teachers, assistant teachers, clerks, bookkeepers, technical employees, and other classified staff, and to demand that the JCPS Board of Education take appropriate action.

FROM BILL LONDRIGAN, PRESIDENT, KENTUCKY STATE AFL-CIO: “All: Below is information from Laborers Local 576 regarding the planned activities at the upcoming MSD Board of Directors meeting on Monday, July 28th beginning at 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. As many of you know, the Laborers have been in a struggle for a fair contract with MSD that protects their contractual rights and protects their members. They are asking your support for their efforts to bring justice to the MSD workers they represent by coming to the action detailed below. Please take the time to attend and support the hard working men and women of MSD struggling to achieve a fair, enforceable collective bargaining agreement. I hope to see you there. Bill.”
   We want to thank you for your continued support of the CMF MSD Workers.
We are at a very important phase of our campaign for equality and a fair binding contract.
   We are humbly asking each supporting group if they could find 4 volunteers to join us Monday, July 28th beginning at 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
   Location: MSD Headquarters 700 West Liberty, Louisville, KY.


When Perla Balli she heard the news that the T-Mobile call center where she worked in Brownsville, Texas, was about to close because T-Mobile was shipping 3,300 jobs from that location and from six other U.S. call centers overseas, she said: House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Read more >>>

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement today proclaiming the federation's support for an executive order issued by President Obama protecting federal employees and employees of federal contractors against discrimination based on gender identity. Trumka said: Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. Read more >>>

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   I’ve never been prouder to pack a union card than I was when I visited the Topography of Terror museum in Berlin and the Dachau concentration camp memorial near Munich.
   Both are stark, sobering memorials to victims of Nazi savagery. Both include haunting, black-and-white photos of men and women whom the Nazis murdered, tortured or imprisoned for opposing Adolf Hitler.
   Walter Miertschke and many others in the photo galleries carried union cards. His fate is evidently unknown, but he apparently did not survive the Nazi terror.
Hitler feared Germany’s powerful unions as a serious threat, says Dr. Kenneth Wolf, a retired Murray, Ky., State University historian and author. “So he destroyed them.”


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On the set for Russell Crowe’s latest movie, “Noah,” Mario Pignard Jr. had the challenging task to create the impression of daylight in the middle of the night for an area larger than three football fields on Long Island. A highly specialized motion picture lighting technician, his skills were honed by other large projects, such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” starring Christian Bale, when he used nine to 12 generators to light lower Manhattan’s bridges and business district. Read the full article>>>

   FRANKFORT – As Alison Lundergan Grimes’ overwhelming grassroots support smashed fundraising records this week, Mitch McConnell proved himself once again to be wildly out-of-touch with Kentucky women, students and working families. On Tuesday, Alison announced that she outraised McConnell by nearly $1-million, breaking Kentucky fundraising records and bringing in more than any U.S. Senate candidate nationwide.
   Alison’s focus on the strengthening the middle class draws a stark contrast to Mitch McConnell’s complete inability to connect with Kentuckians. Reports continue to surface on McConnell’s recent sexist and offensive comments towards women and students. In Mitch McConnell’s world, “most of the barriers have been lowered” for women, and students should simply lower their expectations to deal with the costs of higher education.
   The 30-year Washington insider’s views are disconnected with working families’ reality. Unfortunately, this news comes as no surprise given his record of voting against equal pay for equal work, college affordability and measures to help Kentuckians burdened with student loan debt.



   U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, probably figured his re-election was a slam dunk.
   After all, his Democratic foe is again the underfunded and largely unknown Charles Hatchett of McCracken County. Whitfield clobbered Hatchett in 2012.
   But the Whitfield bandwagon just might have hit a big bump in the road to Nov.4.

Director of the International Studies Program at Vassar College

Across the country, Republican legislatures -- encouraged and financed, as usual, by corporate money and right wing think tanks -- have undertaken a stunning array of initiatives designed to weaken unions and otherwise undermine American workers. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, along with several other Republican governors, has moved aggressively and conspicuously to disempower public sector unions. Nikki Haley, the Republican Governor of South Carolina, recently declared that unionized businesses are not welcome in South Carolina.

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense.

Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan shared this AlterNet article with us. He included a sobering warning: “The outcome of November’s elections will determine what Kentucky and America will look like for decades to come. It is that serious. Getting back what is lost is much more difficult than holding onto what you have. We can hold onto what our forbearers built over a century of struggle or we can become the prey for the masters of mankind. You must choose whether you can see a future for your children and grandchildren that offers hope, kindness, peace, equality, justice and love, or a world that is just a living hell for all but a few among a wealthy elite.

Tennessee: Ayn Rand’s vision of paradise


The southern state ranks dead last in per capita tax revenue, and its low-income families are paying the price

If you’re worried about where America is heading, look no further than Tennessee. Its lush mountains and verdant rolling countryside belie a mean-spirited public policy that only makes sense if you believe deeply in the anti-collectivist, anti-altruist philosophy of Ayn Rand. It’s what you get when you combine hatred for government with disgust for poor people.


 Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes recently lit up a crowd of more than 2,000 firefighters gathered at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ national convention in Cincinnati.
 The Kentucky Professional Firefighters Association endorsed Grimes for U.S. Senate last summer – the first professional organization endorsement in this race. Grimes thanked the association for standing by her.

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   One of the key ways we can build an economy that works for everyone, and not just those at the top, would be to put more money in the pockets of workers. This would not only help those workers who would receive a wage increase, but it could also boost the economy.
   An ordinance has been filed, and assigned to the Labor & Economic Development Committee, that will raise the minimum wage for Louisville Metro Government employees from $9 to $10.10 an hour. In addition, this ordinance will:


   George Brown, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for house district 77 in Tuesday's primary, has been endorsed by the Lexington Herald-Leader, but he is not labor's candidate.
   Michael Haskins is, according to Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.
   "Brown is described as unabashedly pro-development and he also supports right to work for less," Londrigan said. "We don’t need a pro-right to work Democrat in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

   FRANKFORT, Ky. – Over the last week, Mitch McConnell’s rusted Washington campaign has been stymied as the central attacks against Alison Lundergan Grimes backfired. The shocking exposure was severe:
While Mitch McConnell desperately tried to paint Alison Lundergan Grimes as an “anti-coal” candidate, his campaign silently accepted thousands from an anti-coal advocate.
   McConnell tells Kentucky voters with a straight face that Alison should be criticized for traveling to raise funds, but Team Mitch has hosted at least eight fundraisers in New York City just this year. As reported by The New York Daily News, McConnell “has made New York's Marriott Downtown practically his third home.”
Mitch McConnell’s shady Super PAC – Kentuckians For Strong Leadership – is spending half a million dollars on a new TV ad that attempts to tie Alison to the President’s contributors. The ad, however, reeks of hypocrisy as KFSL accepts hundreds of thousands of dollars from Obama donors.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Kentucky State AFL-CIO, which includes the United Mine Workers of America, endorsed Grimes last year.

   ASHLAND, Ky. — Likely Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes launched her 50-county jobs tour last week, just as news broke of Stanford University's decision to divest its stock in coal companies, which could jeopardize many Eastern Kentucky jobs.
   Needless to say, she is not happy.
   Following a report in the New York Times about Stanford's divestment decision in any company whose primary business is mining coal, Grimes penned a letter to University President John L. Hennessy on May 8, to voice her disapproval.

 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Over the weekend, the Alison for Kentucky Jobs Bus Tour rolled into the second and third days of its extensive 10-day, 50-county cross-Kentucky trip. From Todd County to Daviess County on Saturday and in Jefferson County on Sunday, Alison Lundergan Grimes discussed her forward-looking jobs plan, underscoring the stark contrast between her vision to strengthen Kentucky’s middle class and Mitch McConnell’s lack of a plan for the future.

Hundreds of enthusiastic Kentuckians gathered over the weekend to hear about Alison’s plan. As Mitch McConnell’s Washington grows ever more paralyzed, Kentuckians are increasingly ready to send a commonsense, problem solver to the U.S. Senate.

Reposted from Daily Kos Labor by Laura Clawson

I get a lot of press releases about labor issues. Most of them are mass mailings trying to get coverage in an ever-crowded media market that is more concerned with the flavor of the week instead of news that actually impacts the average American.

Every once in a while one of these press releases catches my eye. This week I received a a press release about SEIU pushing for phony protests; however, I think they sent this press release to the wrong guy.

This was sent out by "Worker Center Watch," a group that according to their website: "aims to preserve the balance that has effectively governed workplace relations for many decades by exposing the direct operational linkages and funding between unions and worker centers, and by highlighting the worker center tactics that push the bounds of legality."


HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Alison Lundergan Grimes kicked off the campaign’s extensive 10-day, 50-county jobs bus tour Friday in West Kentucky.

From McCracken County to Christian County, Grimes discussed her forward-looking jobs plan, underscoring the stark contrast between Alison’s vision to strengthen Kentucky’s middle class and McConnell’s lack of a plan for the future.

Are You Ready to 'Stamp Out Hunger'? Tomorrow, you can help “Stamp Out Hunger” by joining with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and USPS for the 22nd annual food drive—the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Letter Carriers collected more than 74.4 million pounds of food last year, bringing the 21-year total to 1.3 billion pounds. All you need to do is collect canned goods and dry food, such as tuna, canned meat, soups, pasta, rice and cereal, and leave them in a bag or box by your mailbox. Your letter carriers will pick them up as they deliver your mail.

Donations are given directly to local food pantries. While most food pantries get the bulk of their donations around Christmas and Thanksgiving, the NALC drive is done during the spring, when many food pantries are struggling to meet demand. Also, since many school meal programs are suspended during summer months, millions of children are left scrambling to find alternate sources of nutrition and food banks are a vital resource for families in need.


On Friday, Alison for Kentucky will launch an extensive, statewide 50-county jobs bus tour in Western Kentucky. Over the course of the tour, Alison Lundergan Grimes will discuss her forward-looking jobs plan for Kentucky.

“As the divisive GOP primary rages on, Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike are excited to get involved in our grassroots campaign,” Grimes Political Director Elizabeth Cantrell said Wednesday. “The overwhelming enthusiasm around Alison’s candidacy is unmatched as her action plan is the only in this race that will encourage businesses to grow, take full advantage of our natural resources, expand education opportunities, and most importantly, invest in what’s best about the Commonwealth: our people.”


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   “What, me worry?” the grinning, snaggle-toothed Alfred E. Neuman, Mad magazine’s cover kid, has been famously asking for umpteen years.
   Sen. Mitch McConnell’s new campaign ad suggests he’s no longer vexed by Matt Bevin, his tea party-tilting challenger in the May 20 GOP primary. McConnell apparently figures Bevin is toast.
   If I were the captain of Team Mitch, I’d be at least a tad concerned about what Bevin and the Bevinites might do if the vote goes against them -- more on that in a minute.


   Let’s show our solidarity with thousands of workers and activists rallying for fair trade today in Washington by sharing this “FAIR TRADE NOW” graphic with our union brothers and sisters, families and friends.
   “We’ll be there to ask Congress for a 21st century economy that works for everyone—not just corporations,” said Celeste Drake, trade and globalization policy specialist at the AFL-CIO.
   Before she left for the rally, Drake thanked all supporters of fair trade. Because of their “efforts, we’ve changed the conversation in Washington about trade and stalled—for now—efforts by politicians and Big Business groups to pass the anti-democratic ‘fast track’ trade bill. 


   Think there’s not much difference between Democrats and Republicans on our issues?
   Think again. Better yet, check out the AFL-CIO’s online US House and Senate Legislative Voting Record at
   The numbers clearly show Democrats are a whole lot more likely to vote for legislation that benefits us than Republicans are.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This just in from the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign. Note that the map is marked with a route that would take Sen. McConnell from Washington to Durham, N.C., home of the Duke University Blue Devils, then on to Churchill Downs. 

DATE: May 2, 2014
TO: Mitch McConnell
FROM: Kentucky

Just wanted to send a quick reminder that the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, Senator. You know – in Louisville, only 542 miles away from Duke. Anyway, it would be great if you could attend. I think it should be safe – no reporters will ask you questions, you don't have to pretend to have a jobs plan and you can root to your heart's content for the colts while demanding that any fillies at the racetrack be paid less.


COPE Endorsements – 2014 Primary Elections

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Alison Lundergan Grimes

U.S. Congress:
Ron Leach – 2nd CD
John Yarmuth – 3rd CD
Peter Newberry – 4th CD
Elisabeth Jensen – 6th CD



Editor’s note: “Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, Mitch McConnell’s high-dollar donors are now rewarding him for his votes against women across the Commonwealth,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said of the Business Insider story, which ran on April 30. “From repeatedly blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act, to labeling the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act nothing more than a ‘special interest vote’ before voting against it, Mitch McConnell’s blatant disregard for issues important to women and families is incomprehensible. McConnell’s true loyalties are shining through as he does his anti-women donors’ bidding and continues to refuse to fight for the women of Kentucky.”
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has received nearly $10,000 in campaign contributions from the head of a company at the center of a high-profile sexual discrimination case. Cintas Corporation Chairman Richard Farmer has given $9,800 to McConnell over the past 13 years, the vast majority of which was contributed after the start of an ongoing lawsuit alleging the company engaged in a "pattern" of discrimination against female job applicants.

    The University of Kentucky chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops is sponsoring a May Day rally on campus at 6:30 p.m.
   "If you are in the Lexington area this evening, please join us as we support those that support us on this important day for working men and women,” said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.
   Traditionally, May Day is celebrated as a workers’ holiday throughout the world.

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   It’s no secret that the Religious Right is none too fond of unions.
  “Labor unions should study and read the Bible instead of asking for more money,” said the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority. “Unions are one of the organizations leading the world to wickedness,” said the Rev. Tim La Haye, an early Moral Majority leader.
   Joanne Ricca, who is retired from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, mined those quotes for “Politics in America: The Right Wing Attack on the American Labor Movement.” It is still timely and still online at:
   The fact is, millions of union men and women are people of faith. Every meeting of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council, where I am recording secretary, begins with a prayer (and the Pledge of Allegiance).



   On April 28th, 2014, after being asked by the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District Central Maintenance Facility workers to address the atrocious work issues on their behalf, I gave the follow address to the MSD Board. It was an honor and a pleasure to stand on behalf of the many hard working women and men who keep us safe during hazardous conditions, and with so many supporters. You can find more information on the MSD CMF issues here.
   “Hello. Thank you for the time to address the MSD Board today. My name is Bonifacio Aleman and I am the executive director of Kentucky Jobs With Justice. KYJwJ is an organization of churches, community groups and labor unions dedicated to fighting for workers’ rights. We have been asked by CMF Workers to come today. I am proudly here with sisters and brothers from LiUNA Local 576, AFSCME Organizing Committee 962, Teamsters, SEIU 32BJ NCFO, Nurses Professional Organization, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, National Action Network, Neighborhood Planning and Preservation, Louisville Showing Up For Racial Justice, C.L.O.U.T., UAW Local 862, District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, Kentucky Laborers District Council, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 14, International Association of Machinists Local 861, United Steel Workers Local 1693, Sowers of Justice Network, ATU Local 1447, Adjunct Professor and Social Worker Khalilah V. Collins, and many other community members.

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   A rainy day failed to dampen the enthusiasm of about 50 people who turned up to meet the “Give America a Raise” bus when it stopped in Lexington Monday afternoon.
   The crowd rallied ‘round the big bus, which is traveling the country in support of boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hour. Several speakers, including Democratic senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, called on congress to hike the wage.
   Londrigan today thanked everybody who braved the elements to come to the rally at Thoroughbred Park. He also said it’s been reported that Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the senate majority leader, “will try to get the votes this week to be able to get the minimum wage increase to the senate floor.”

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    This just in from Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal:
   “Matt Bevin relies on his young daughter, Olivia, to call U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell a liar in his latest television ad, which stars Bevin and his whole clan.”
   Bevin is the anti-union tea party hero challenging the anti-union McConnell in next month’s Kentucky Republican primary. The ad opens with Olivia, one of Bevin's nine bairns, piping: "Mitch McConnell is telling a bunch of lies about my dad. Don't be fooled." The ad must have really riled Team Mitch. One of the players couldn’t resist taking a swipe at the Bevin bunch with a tweet: “I was waiting for ‘My dad went to MIT!'” 


   “Safe Jobs Save Lives. Make Your Voice Heard” is the theme for this year’s Workers Memorial Day, which is Monday.
   The voice of history, the subject I taught for two dozen years, could hardly be louder or clearer when it comes to unions and worker safety and health laws. We need them both.
   In an ideal world, everybody would live by the Golden Rule, some form of which can be found in just about every religion. But we live in a real world where greed is the gospel of many employers.
   If most bosses had their way, we wouldn’t have unions or worker safety and health laws. For a long time, we didn’t have either in the United States. Not until the 1930s did Congress pass legislation giving workers the right to organize unions and requiring employers to recognize unions.

   The “Give America A Raise” bus tour is scheduled to stop in Lexington at 4 p.m. (EDT) Monday.
   The bus will halt for a rally at Thoroughbred Park, East Short St. at Eastern Ave. Rally sponsors include Americans United for Change, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Kentucky Jobs with Justice, the Bluegrass Central Labor Council and the University of Kentucky Students Against Sweatshops.
   Sponsors of the nationwide tour include the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Service Employees International Union, United Auto Workers, USAction and the National Employment Law Project.

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   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a first on series of articles on union heroes in Kentucky, some well-known or others unsung. But they all embody ‘Solidarity,” that old union byword.

   When W.C. Young died in Paducah, he was living next door to his church and down the street from his last union office.
   The symbolism wasn’t lost on the national labor and civil rights leader and the man for whom the city’s W.C. Young Community Center is named.
   “I really believed what I was taught in Sunday school,” said Young, who died in 1996 at age 77. “You are supposed to love your brother and sister. That’s the way it is with the union movement.”

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   Sen. Mitch McConnell probably figures he can again win some union votes with the old social issues sucker play. Retired UA leader Larry Sanderson of Paducah, calls it "the three Gs con job," as in "God, guns and gays."
   Unfortunately, some union members will again fall for McConnell’s scam, even though the captain of Team Mitch is one of the most anti-union lawmakers in Washington.
   Don’t take my word for it. Check out his record.


   Jeff Wiggins, president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council, had just one question after delegates unanimously chose him as the 2014 recipient of the W.C. Young Award, the council’s highest honor.
   “Who’s going to emcee?”
   “I will,” replied council vice president Bo Johnson, an organizer-union representative with AFSCME Indiana-Kentucky Organizing Committee 962. He nominated Wiggins, who is president of Steelworkers Local 9447.


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Early in the Great Depression, a lot of jobless Americans concluded that President Herbert Hoover didn’t care about their plight, or he was just clueless.

Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Hoover, a Republican, in a landslide in 1932.

So, what are Kentuckians, unemployed or otherwise, to make of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s comment to Beattyville Enterprise editor Edmund Shelby that it is “not my job” to bring jobs to the Bluegrass State?

McConnell sounds Hooveresque to me. Read more >>>

Now at the end of its second full day on the road, the Life in Rand Paul’s Radical World Tour has already covered hundreds of miles and hit 8 stops. We’re currently winding our way south from Metropolis, IL, but more on that later. On our way west, we hit worksites in Owensboro and Madisonville, Wickliffe and Paducah.

In Owensboro yesterday, the tour took activists to the Swedish Match Company facility where workers have processed tobacco for smokeless products since 1973. The facility is an anchor of the local economy and a testament to the quality and commitment that union workers bring to the job. More than 270 union members work at the facility in a wide variety of capacities and most of the members to whom we spoke expressed their intention to vote for Jack Conway. All around Owensboro, jobs have been shipped overseas and the need to elect a Senator who will bargain hard for friar trade policies, not just “free trade” policies, is essential if the area is going to succeed in the coming years. Click here to read more...

If you’re reading this post, you likely know that in his quest to reach the U.S. Senate, Rand Paul has waged an all out war on the Kentucky worker.

You know that if he could, Rand Paul would deregulate Kentucky’s mines, leaving thousands of workers at risk.

You know that if he could, Rand Paul would implement a Medicare deductible of $2,000 even if it bankrupts tens of thousands of retirees.

You know that if he could, Rand Paul would dissolve of the U.A.W., an organization that has fought for workers rights, civil rights and progress for decades.

You know that if he could, Rand Paul would grant and extend tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, demolishing entire communities in the process.

And now, if you click here, you'll know the newest front that Rand Paul has opened up in the war against the Kentucky worker...

Under George W. Bush, working families faced an unrelenting assault on their way of life. On his watch, tens of thousands of union jobs were shipped to China and entire communities were devastated just so shareholders could make a buck.

While the last two years have been a struggle, and times are still difficult, signs point to better days ahead. But here in Kentucky, working families are once again in a fight for their life. That’s because Rand Paul, candidate for U.S. Senate, is the greatest threat to the American worker since Ronald Reagan.

And now he wants to see the entire auto industry deunionized. Is your union next?

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Fact: Rand Paul wants a $2,000 deductible for Medicare

For many, the back and forth of political campaigns is annoying at best. For most, it's enough for them to throw up their hands in despair.

But with the stakes as high as they are, we cannot afford to let dangerous ideas float past unaccounted for. Now, more than ever, the candidates running for Senate need to be taken to task for the positions they've adopted.

On Sunday, during the first debate of the general election, Rand Paul said that his statements on Medicare had been taken out of context. This, brothers and sisters, is a lie. On no less than SEVEN occassions, Rand Paul has said that he believes the solution to the Medicare "problem" is a $2,000 deductible. And we have the video to prove it:

Going even further, Rand Paul, just today, was quoted as calling Medicare a form of welfare. Well, 800,000 Kentucky seniors don't look at it like that. We need to ask ourselves a simple question: can Kentucky afford a Senator so disturbingly out of touch with the reality of so many citizens?

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One thing is clear: we need to get some straight answers from Rand Paul. But to do that, we need to know where he's going to be! That's why we've started this new group.

The whole purpose of the Brigade will be track Rand Paul as he travels from public campaign event to public campaign event. Today's encounter with the candidate shows just how powerful you can really be.

To sign-up for the Brigade, just click here and fill out the form.

If you read about a Rand Paul event in the paper, hear about one on tv or from a friend, or see that he's going to be in your town while out and about, please let us know.

It's time for the working men and women of Kentucky to stand up and protect themselves - this is one way you can do just that.

At a public meet and greet in Pineville today, Rand Paul once again refused to discuss Social Security and Medicare with working Kentuckians. Right before closing his car door in our brother's face, Paul even said: "Hell No" he wasn't going to answer any questions. How's that for respect?

The event took place at a Dairy Queen in a region of Kentucky where, as you know, good jobs are scare, the economy is worse than the national average, and many residents depend upon social security as their sole source of survival. Prior to Rand's escape act, a group of working Kentuckians from the UMWA, USW, and IBEW were patiently waiting at tables inside the Dairy Queen, hoping to have the chance to talk with Paul. They never got the opportunity. Click here to watch the video and here to read more...

Important news from this weekend: a new Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll shows that the U.S. Senate race, featuring our AFL-CIO endorsed candidate Jack Conway, is all tied-up! This comes after Rand Paul and his George W. Bush-era friends in Washington, D.C. have opened up their coffers to attack Jack in television ads that are filled with misinformation and outright lies. But Kentucky voters are beginning to understand just how radical Rand Paul really is. The Bluegrass Poll shows the Conway campaign absolutely surging, having made up more than ten points in three weeks. Click here to read more...

This week, the Kentucky AFL-CIO is releasing a hard-hitting piece of mail that doesn't editorialize - it just let's Rand speak for himself.

Rand Paul has gone to great lengths to avoid talking about the impact his radical agenda would have on the working class. Since winning the GOP primary, he's refused to give interviews with any reporters except those from Fox News. He's refused to offer specifics on how he'd draw down the national deficit or rework crucial programs like social security. And he's refused to talk to voters, instead preferring the company of his here to read more

But just because Rand Paul won't talk today about his policies, doesn't mean he hasn't talked about them in the past. We know that Rand Paul is anti-union (the National Right to Work Committee donated $2,500 to his campaign), we know that he is anti-worker (he's been quoted as saying wages need to be lower) and we know he's anti-minority (he supports the business owner's right to discriminate on the basis of skin color), but he's also anti-retiree, anti-unemployed and anti-workplace safety.

Yesterday, Rand Paul, candidate for U.S. Senate, came to Louisville for a “meet and greet” with voters. Over three dozen union members from across Kentucky attended the public forum to ask Paul about his policies. Unfortunately though, Paul forgot to meet or greet anyone in attendance. After speaking for no more than 15 minutes, Paul quickly turned on his heels and headed for the door. Once outside, he immediately jumped into a waiting car, locked his door, and drove away.

Click here to watch the video, and here to read more

One of the most important issues for the working men and women of Kentucky, especially those that have already retired, is that of social security. The Kentucky State AFL-CIO sat down with two retired Steelworkers to discuss social security and why union members can't to have Rand Paul as their next U.S. Senator. Click here to read more; click here to watch the video.

Union members and pro-Labor candidates mobilized today at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant in support of candidates who understand the importance of the working class in Kentucky. Close to 20 members worked the afternoon shift change, handing out literature focused on: Jack Conway's U.S. Senate race, Congressman John Yarmuth's re-election race, the Louisville Mayoral contest involving Greg Fischer, and Marty Meyer's 38th State Senate District race. Roughly 1,000 Ford employees received information and committed to campaign for pro-Labor candidates over the next 54 days. Click here to learn more...

With only 54 short days to go before Election Day, member action has kicked into high gear here in Kentucky. Two polls launched late yesterday show a statistical tie between the candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat and, riding the momentum built during Labor Day, Jack Conway has begun to raise serious money from the informed voters of the Commonwealth. Additionally, both Kentucky candidates have launched their first advertisements of the general election cycle (so too has one ultra-conservative special interest group run by George Bush’s former advisor Karl Rove). As you can imagine, both media and voter interest in this most important of races has begun to rise in earnest. Click here to learn more...

New Video of Louisville Labor Day!!!

New video from Louisville Labor Day Now LIVE!

Click here to watch your fellow members and pro-labor candidates talk about the upcoming election and the need to mobilize.

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