Thanks to Walter Tillow for sending us this.


New mining methods that churn up silica-laden rock are likely responsible for the surge of black lung disease that has afflicted hundreds of miners across Central Appalachia in recent years, according to new research presented at the American Thoratic Society’s annual meeting this week.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kentucky State AFL-CIO, acting as the Committee on Political Education, endorsed the Democratic ticket in the Nov. 5 election: Andy Beshear, governor; Jacqueline Coleman, lieutenant governor; Greg Stumbo, attorney general; Heather French Henry, secretary of state; Michael Bowman, treasurer; Sheri Donahue, auditor; and Robert Haley Conway, commissioner of agriculture.   


President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association 


AFT Local 1360

A new fund-raising email from the Ditch Mitch Fund says "our latest poll with Public Policy Polling shows that Mitch McConnell is leading by just THREE points against a Democratic challenger in Kentucky’s Senate race."

The spread is 45 to 42.

Ditch Mitch calls the survey "the biggest and most concrete evidence yet that we can defeat Mitch McConnell when he’s up for reelection next year and finally restore some sanity to the Senate."

Mad Dog PAC raises money to put up billboards opposing Trump and various GOP electeds.

Their latest target is our own senator, Mitch McConnell.The billboard went up last week near Berea, along I-75. It will be seen by about 55,000 people a day.

MadDogPAC announced the billboard, and the attention the Rusal investment is getting, in a tweet:

Read more here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We received this statement from Don Thrasher, Nelson County GOP chair: "As a Committee we were compelled to pass the Resolution because Mr. McCoy has engaged in advocating legislation that is contrary to the values of the Republican Party platform.  The County Committee will no longer stand by and watch our Republican State Representative not act in the best interest of the very people that trusted him to do so.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appeared on our website and on the national AFL-CIO website in 2016. We believe it's appropriate to repost it this Memorial Day weekend as more proof--as if more proof were needed--that thousands of our war heroes were also union heroes. I was honored and privileged to know Brother Hack and to speak at his funeral. He died at age 95 on Sept. 25, 2016.   


AFT Local 1360

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear worked a small room of union leaders at the Capital Plaza Hotel Thursday afternoon. With his white shirt sleeves rolled up, he shook everyone’s hand and asked if they were ready for November’s election.