Dems boost labor in fund-raising email

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky Democratic Party is boosting organized labor in a new fund-raising email.

"For the last two years our working families have had it rough in Frankfort. First, it was the passage of 'right-to-work' for less legislation, where our union brothers and sisters were shut out of the committee rooms, ignored and their rights trampled over all in a matter of days," wrote party chair Ben Self.

"Then came prevailing wage repeal, workers compensation changes and tax increases on 95 percent of Kentuckians, just to give GOP donors a tax break. To be honest, it can be demoralizing.

"But we can’t let our working families continue to suffer under Matt Bevin and his Republican friends. We have to fight back."

Republicans pushed and passed RTW, PW repeal, the tax bill and the measure to curb workers comp. The GOP's anti-union agenda in Kentucky is one of many state battlefronts in what state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan called "the four decade war being waged by corporate America against the American labor movement."  

Added Londrigan: "Over the past forty-plus years corporations and their political pawns have systematically attacked unions in each economic sector having significant density as well as political and economic power."

Added Self: "Despite their rosy proclamations about growing jobs, we know that these are mostly low wage jobs and our rural areas are struggling to get any new jobs at all.

"We must fight back and restore equity to our tax system, restore rights to everyday working people, and create a system to make a better life for all Kentuckians."