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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,

EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't? For the duration of the crisis, we're going to add two features to the website, "COVID-19 News" and a regular roundup of breaking news stories. Most of our coverage will focus on how the pandemic is affecting Kentuckians, especially union members and their families. We will regularly update "COVID 19 News" at the top of the page.

Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

By MANDY McCLAREN

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

She wants you to know his face.

She wants you to know that the father of seven — and grandfather to seven more — had a kind heart, an unrelenting sense of humor and a passion for glam-bands like KISS.

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

By KARL HULSE

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday nominated Judge Justin Walker, a protégé of Senator Mitch McConnell, to a vacancy on the influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, touching off what is likely to be a contentious confirmation fight in the Senate.

Vulnerable coal miners suffering from black lung disease fear what will happen if COVID-19 is added to the mix.

By MATT KRUPNICK

Coal is no longer the commodity it once was, but its legacy in Appalachia remains: scores of miners with black lung disease who are now at a high risk of suffering from the coronavirus.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to read "A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words" also by Milbank.

By DANA MILBANK

EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't? For the duration of the crisis, we're going to add two features to the website, "COVID-19 News" and a regular roundup of breaking news stories. Most of our coverage will focus on how the pandemic is affecting Kentuckians, especially union members and their families. We will regularly update "COVID 19 News" at the top of the page.

We just received this email from Lavita Payton, a registered nurse and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1104 member, and thought you should read it.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

Companies like Amazon, Instacart, Family Dollar, Food Lion, McDonald's, Walmart, and Whole Foods are thriving amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as more Americans cook at home, limit in-person trips to grocery stores, or seek easy drive-thru dinner options.

Unfortunately, their workers have been paying the price — putting themselves in harm's way to cook, package up, and deliver food and other household essentials without paid sick leave policies, proper health protocols, or "hazard pay" increases in wages.