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By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360

Conservatives should be glad truth-in-labeling laws don’t apply to them.

“Save our Pensions” is the latest GOP sleight-of-hand in Kentucky. It’s a slogan cooked up by a group that’s all in for Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension plan that shafts public employees.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Daniel Hurt, 24, of Grand Rivers, earned the Youth Labor Award at the Kentucky State AFL-CIO Convention in Lexington Monday night.

"It was a religious experience," said a grinning Hurt after hearing UMWA President Cecil Roberts raise the roof during his keynote address to about 150 cheering and clapping delegates, family and friends at the Embassy Suites hotel.   

By DANIEL DESROCHERS

A staff member for the House Republican Caucus said she was “basically put on paid suspension” for reporting a “toxic” workplace culture that included sexual harassment in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

By DANA MILBANK

Poor Johnny Lunchbucket. He’s been had.

President Trump promised to look out for the forgotten man and to fix a “rigged” tax system. Now he and congressional Republicans have proposed a tax cut that makes the rich richer and shifts the burden onto the working class.

Town hall-style meetings on public pensions are set for Tuesday in Paducah and Wednesday in Louisville.

The Paducah and McCracken County Education Association are sponsoring “A Pension is a Promise!” forum at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College campus. The program is scheduled to last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. local time.

Organizers especially hope state employees will attend.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky Democratic party is out with a short video criticizing House Republicans for refusing "to stand up against sexual harassment." 

These proposals won’t become a reality in the current political climate, but they show a party establishment embracing its progressive wing.

By DAVE JAMIESON

Flanked by union officials, Democratic leaders on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive plan to overhaul federal law in a way that would strengthen the ailing labor movement and make it easier for U.S. workers to unionize.

Thanks to Daniel Hurt of the Kentucky Young Democrats for sending us this story.

By DEBORAH YETTER

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover has reached a confidential settlement over sexual harassment allegations by a woman who works on his legislative staff, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke with Courier Journal.