By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360
Here's the final tally of union and teacher organization endorsements for tomorrow's gubernatorial primary election.
All of the endorsements went to the three main Democrats vying for their party's nomination: House Minority Rocky Adkins, Attorney Gen. Andy Beshear and former auditor Adam Edelen.
Candidates appreciate endorsements. But they appreciate votes most of all.
The Kentucky State AFL-CIO remained neutral throughout the campaign because, as Bill Finn aptly put it, "these Democratic candidates for governor are great choices." All three are good on issues that are most important to those of us who pack union cards.
Bill, who is state director of the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council, offered the best advice we've heard during the campaign: "Please vote for the one that you think can beat Matt Bevin on Nov. 5."
Vote tomorrow and Nov. 5 like your job and your union depend on it, because they do.
Laborers Local 1214 (Paducah), Laborers Local 1392 (Owensboro), Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 (Ashland), Laborers’ Local 576 (Louisville), Covington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 38, IBEW Local 575 (Portsmouth, Ohio, with many members in Kentucky), Laborers Local 1445 (Catlettsburg), Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council (Ashland), United Steelworkers Local 14581 (Elkhorn City), USW 1865 (Ashland), USW Local 8-00719 (Ashland), the United Mine Workers of America, the Boyd County Education Association (Catlettsburg) and Ashland Education Association.
Teamsters Local 89 (Louisville), Teamsters Local 783 (Louisville), Teamsters Local 651 (Lexington) Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184 (Paducah), AFSCME Council 962 (Louisville), CWA Local 3372 (Lexington).
Jefferson County Teachers Association (Louisville), AFSCME Local 4011 (Louisville), IAFF Local 345 (Louisville) and Louisville Federation of Retired Firefighters.