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On this day in 1955, the AFL and CIO gathered at our first joint convention. Sixty-four years later, the AFL-CIO has so much to be proud of.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

At least Gov. Bevin is consistent. 

Kentucky State AFL-CIO Executive Board Member Donna Haynes, IBEW Local 1701, presented state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan a silver tray in appreciation for the state AFL-CIO helping sponsor las

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan will join the speaker's lineup at a 2 p.m. Monday rally in Frankfort sponsored by the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

The rally at the capitol will focus on workers and working families.

Please come and stand in solidarity with the Poor People's Campaign. 

CWA Local 3372 is hosting an informational rally today at 5:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 1810 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

"CWA Local 3372 is currently locked in negotiations with Windstream Communications," said a statement from the union. "Their bargaining efforts are nearing an impasse."

The union asking brothers and sisters in other unions to come out and support Local 3372.

Bad weather forced cancellation of an informational picket. More information is available from Local 3372's Jeff McMillan at 859-492-5703.

By MARSHALL WARD

President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association

Many of you may vaguely remember your US History teacher’s FDR’s New Deal: Relief, Recovery, and Reform lecture. You may have gotten the idea that the roles and responsibilities of our government were changing. There was a belief that vulnerable populations like workers, farmers, and soldiers needed more protections during times of economic and political crisis.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360 

The Democrats’ comeback trail ends in Frankfort, but it starts in the Jackson Purchase, according to a state party activist.

The Democrats have “a better than average chance” of hanging on to a pair of crucial House seats and flipping a Senate seat in Kentucky’s westernmost region, says Daniel Hurt, a state party central executive committee member and a veteran campaign manager at age 25.  

The last few weeks have been busy! We’ve asked a lot from you as we stand up for our students and fight the proposed state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). You’ve sacrificed time and energy that could have been spent with your family and friends, and we know how difficult that decision can be. But here’s the thing – it’s working.

A memorial service for Billy Stivers, 63, a state AFL-CIO Executive Board Member and IAM District Lodge directing business representative, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Newcomer Cremations, 3309 Ballard Lane, in New Albany, Ind.

A reception for family and friends will start at noon and last until the service begins. "Contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to Camp Quality Kentuckiana, P.O. Box 35474, Louisville, KY 40232, which specializes in helping kids with cancer," said Bill Londrigan, state AFL-CIO president.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

If candidate endorsements were like baseball batting averages, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO would be leading the big leagues and heading for the Hall of Fame.

Ten House candidates endorsed by the state COPE Committee won and five lost in Tuesday's primary. We were one-for-two in the Senate. That’s .647, or .283 better than Boston Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts, tops in the majors this season, so far.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

In 1906, American Federation of Labor President Samuel Gompers urged union members to “reward the friends and punish the enemies of labor.” 

He meant at the polls. 

We have several friends running for the General Assembly this year. We also have family--a quartet of union members and a pair of labor attorneys.