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Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

By MANDY McCLAREN

Sarah Jordan wants you to know her father’s name.

The American Bar Association had rated the new nominee, Judge Justin Walker, as unqualified, but he has strong conservative support

By KARL HULSE

THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11:00am at 3000 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY, join hardworking Kentuckians and our allies as we Rally to stand up for our freedoms. Together, we will demand an end to the attacks on public servant pensions, fight to reinstate the prevailing wage, and work to stop the war on Kentucky's working men and women. We will rise up and fight to end a system that’s rigged against working people.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Labor-endorsed Linda Belcher's Bullitt County blowout was reportedly the 37th Red-to-Blue reverse in state legislative races since Donald Trump was sworn in as president. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bluegrass State union members will gather in Louisville for a “Working People’s Day of Action” rally in Louisville Saturday, two days before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the first oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The rally is set for 11 a.m. to noon at the UAW 862 hall, 3000 Fern Valley Rd.

By BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President

As you know, HB 2, which caps benefits for injured workers at 15 years, passed the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee yesterday. 

HB 2 has two readings and will get its third reading on Tuesday, and could be voted on during Tuesday’s session.  Rep. Jill York has filed Floor Amendment 1 to HB 2 – which protects and improves injured worker benefits. 

By BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President

Yesterday, a state House Committee voted 15-7 to pass HB2, a Workers' Compensation “Reform” bill, cutting medical benefits for injured workers. Now it is going to the House floor for a vote. This fight is far from over, but we need your help.

I'm asking you to email your State Representative now, before they vote on the House floor, to defend these benefits and affected workers--current and future.

By AMANDA WOLFSON

Herb Segal, who was the king of Kentucky’s labor lawyers, died Feb. 8 at the Masonic Home of Kentucky, according to his daughter, Troy Segal. He was 94 and had Alzheimer’s disease.

In his six decades as a labor lawyer, Segal defended waiters, electrical workers, machinists, pari-mutuel clerks, librarians, government workers, firefighters, police, autoworkers, service workers, cooks, iron workers, typesetters, paper workers and more.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

HB 2, a Republican-backed measure to gut the state workers' compensation program, is headed to a floor vote in the GOP-majority state House of Representatives. 

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO says the battle against the bill isn't over.