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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

Today's quarterly meeting of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO Executive Board included the welcoming of four new members who were elected at the state convention in October. President Bill Londrigan swore in Vice President Ashley Snider, IUE/CWA; and delegates Neil Cotton, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council; Amanda Goins, UAW Region 8, and Ryan McCarthy, IAMAW District 27.

By HUNTER

A major talking point of trickle-down economics, conservative "entitlement" reforms, and the fabulously wealthy themselves is that the government need not be in the business of helping the hungry, the sick, the poor, those that cannot afford an education or retirement or any of the rest of it because, fear not—charity will pick up the slack.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360 

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear today named his running mate, a primary rival and a former Lexington mayor for top jobs in his administration.

Lt. Gov-elect Jacqueline Coleman will do double duty as Education and Workforce Development Cabinet secretary. Beshear tapped House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins as his senior advisor. Jim Gray is the new transportation secretary.

Coleman has been a teacher, basketball coach and school administrator. 

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

The public debate during the most recent election was a clear reminder of how important kitchen table issues are to Kentuckians. Supporting public schools, ensuring access to healthcare and protecting retirement security were at the forefront throughout.

Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.

By ROBERT REICH

He’s maybe the most dangerous politician of my lifetime. He’s helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism. He’s damaged our country in ways that may take a generation to undo. The politician I’m talking about, of course, is Mitch McConnell.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"We're just getting started," was GOP Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign slogan. A big labor vote helped finish him.

"I want to thank everybody for what they did--knocking on doors, making calls, doing the mailings--it all matters," said Jeff Wiggins, Kentucky State AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer. "Anything that you do matters." 

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

Workplace violence is a serious problem in America. And the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act would establish a federal prevention standard. It also would require that health care and social service employers protect their workers.