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Hot off the press: the AFL-CIO's 2023 Congressional Legislative Scorecard is out

Berry Craig
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Statement from Rep. Morgan McGarvey: “Thank you to the Kentucky State AFL-CIO for leading the charge for workers’ rights across our Commonwealth and our country. From record wins at UPS and Ford, Kentucky has been at the epicenter of the labor movement and I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in labor as we keep pushing for fair pay, safe working conditions, and the right to organize.”



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 “Elections have consequences,” Bill Londrigan has often reminded us. (Today is his last official day with the Kentucky State AFL-CIO. Bill stepped down as president in January, but agreed to stay on for a while to help our new president, Dustin Reinstedler, transition into the job.) 

Today, the AFL-CIO offered proof – as it were needed –that Bill is right. The country’s largest labor group unveiled its 2023 Legislative Scorecard. "This voting record lets you know where your lawmakers stand on issues important to working families, including strengthening Social Security and Medicare, freedom to join a union, improving workplace safety and more," says the scorecard webpage.

“Each year, the policy experts here at the AFL-CIO tally up all the votes that your U.S. House and Senate members took in Congress the previous year and then we release our AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard—the definitive grade of whether your representative voted to protect or take away your rights,” explained the email that came with the ratings.

“How did your representative vote in 2023?” the email asked and invited us to 


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We’ll save you some time. Here’s how Kentucky’s two senators and six representatives voted and were rated on a scale of 0 to 100 percent:


Mitch McConnell (Republican) 0 percent, 2023, 17 percent, lifetime.

Rand Paul (Republican) 0, 10.

Members of Congress

Andy Barr (Republican, 6th District) 10, 10.

James Comer (Republican, 1st) 10, 12.

Brett Guthrie (Republican, 2nd) 10, 12

Thomas Massie (Republican, 4th) 10, 15

Morgan McGarvey (Democrat, 3rd) 100, 100.

Hal Rogers (Republican, 5th) 10, 15.

“Approval ratings for Congress are at an all-time low, but support for unions is at one of the highest levels it’s been in decades, especially among young workers,” the email also says. "Workers want to join unions to make our lives better—and we want leaders on Capitol Hill who will have our backs when we do.

“The best way to protect our right to join a union is to hold our representatives accountable for the votes they take to protect existing labor laws or strengthen them. And on issue after issue—from workers’ rights to health care to education and even democracy itself—we need leaders who walk the walk to help America’s workers and our families.

“Whether you approve or disapprove of your elected official’s record, please help us spread the word to your colleagues, friends and neighbors.”

The email concludes, We hope our AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard will equip you with the facts to demand leaders in Washington, D.C., who will fight for you, and all our working families.”

And never, ever forget that elections have consequences.