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By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this. 

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the increase in union density in 2020:

By KENNY COLSTON
Kentucky Democratic Party
Frankfort, KY —  Conservative voices across the country are joining those in Kentucky expressing anger with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, including one notable voice calling for McConnell to step down as minority leader. 

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports conservative media hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are joining the growing number of Kentucky Republicans expressing frustration at McConnell. 

By BERRY CRAIG

I’m an old union guy and a left-leaning Democrat. 

Heretofore, I’ve confined my evangelical ardor to the labor movement and politics. I’m adding COVID-19 to that list because my wife, Melinda, and I are among the lucky survivors.  

I don’t get people who won’t mask, socially distance, sanitize and wash their hands, and avoid crowded places. 

Read more here.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

When I saw Joe Biden sitting at his new desk on TV Tuesday night, I couldn’t make out the new bust on the credenza behind him.

Bill Londrigan could. “It was a bust of labor leader César Chávez,” said Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.

Chávez helped found the United Farm Workers. His likeness replaced an equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson, a big-time Trump hero.

By MARSHALL WARD

This year, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King came at just the right time to help us reflect on the legacy of the civil rights leader. As we consider his legacy, I would propose that his most important speech was not the 1963 “I have a Dream” speech, but the 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam.”

By BRUCE MAPLES

Recently, Governor Beshear referenced a poll showing strong support for the actions he has taken to deal with the COVID pandemic. Being the stats nerd that I am, and wondering what else the poll might show, I tracked down the survey he was referring to.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Kudos to our new president for immediately sacking Peter Robb. We weren't surprised. Up and down the campaign trail, Joe Biden made it plain that he'd be in our corner. A union member was front-and-center in his inaugural ceremony.  Georgia Fire Captain Andrea Hall led the pledge of allegiance--spoken and in American Sign Language.