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From BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has forced our state, our country and our world into frightening and unsettling times. No one knows how this global health crisis will last. 

From Bill Finn:

Kentucky Building Trades Affiliates,

By RONNIE ELLIS

cnhi.com

FRANKFORT — The race for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Kentucky’s 6th District is showing signs of tightening.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, retired fighter pilot Lt. Col. Amy McGrath of Georgetown, and state Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington are running full-fledged campaigns while Geoff Young, Daniel Kemph and Theodore David Green, all of Lexington, are also on the ballot. The winner will square off against incumbent Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington in the fall.

John Coomes, president of the Henderson-based Tri-County Labor Council, spoke at the annual Workers Memorial Day program Saturday at Henderson's Central Park. The observance was similar to others held in Kentucky and nationwide.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Most of us who are longtime union members, especially retirees like me, probably don’t have our first union cards.

Mine’s long gone.

But James Steven DeWeese still has his after a quarter century, posting on Facebook on April 23, “25 years ago today I walked into UPS and joined Teamsters Local 89.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: We thank our brothers and sisters in the Jefferson County Teachers Association for sharing this with us. We just signed the petition. You can, too, by clicking here. 

By Phil Neuenfeldt, president, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and

Stephanie Bloomingdale, secretary-treasurer, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Through decades of struggle, working people and their unions have improved working conditions and made jobs safer. From the creation of OSHA, to training requirements, supplied safety gear, licensing standards and asbestos regulations, workers and unions in tandem with our government have made strides towards creating workplaces safer for all.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Star high school athletes make a big splash in the local news when they officially sign to play college ball.

“Why not have a special sign up day for students going into vocational training for a career, too?” asked Jeff Taylor of Hopkinsville, who is running to reclaim his seat in the state House of Representatives.

“If I’m elected, I’ll introduce legislation for a sign-up day.”

Crooner-turned-Congressional candidate Alonzo Pennington wrote, sang and played on his guitar "We Can Do Better" at the big teacher rally in Frankfort on April 13.

He has turned the tune into a music video. Click here to listen and watch.

Op-Ed: Legislative Session Was About Shift and Shaft

The 2018 Kentucky General Assembly featured larger throngs of protestors than any session in recent memory.