Roberts and Jones are featured speakers at next month's state convention


AFT Local 1360

Cecil Roberts raised the roof at the last two Kentucky State AFL-CIO conventions in Louisville.

The UMWA president will be the keynote speaker again, this time in Lexington, where delegates from Paducah to Pikeville will assemble Nov. 6-7 for the federation’s 32nd biennial gathering.

“If you’ve never heard Cecil speak, you’re in for a treat,” said Bill Londrigan, state AFL-CIO president. “If you have, you know what to expect. Nobody fires up a crowd like Cecil Roberts does.”

Roberts will speak at the traditional awards banquet Nov. 6. He’ll follow to the podium Chuck Jones, the recently retired president of USW Local 1999 at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis.

Jones is a headliner himself, stepping down “after spending more than a year in the spotlight, needling corporate executives and elected officials, including a surreal media feud with Trump,” according to The Indianapolis Star.

Jones will speak on the afternoon of Nov. 6.

Other speakers will include labor leaders, plus pro-labor state lawmakers from the Lexington and Louisville area.

As usual, the every-other-year assembly will be more than speech making. “Conventions present the best opportunity for affiliates to assess where we’ve been and how we need to move forward,” Londrigan said. “We promise a convention that will be informative and exciting.”

The state AFL-CIO is again producing a commemorative convention booklet. “It helps to finance the event as well as promote organized labor, companies and organizations that support the work of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO," Londrigan said.  

The convention will meet at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike.