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EDITOR'S NOTE: McGrath is the Kentucky State AFl-CIO endorsed candidate for the US Senate.

By AMY McGrath

We are calling on Legislators from both parties, and in both chambers, to file and pass a simple resolution condemning the comments made by the Governor yesterday. Suggesting that a peaceful protest was the root cause of sexual assault, child abuse or drug dependency is morally repugnant and beneath the decorum we should expect of our Elected Officials.

We ask that you add the passage of this simple resolution to your call sheet. Call the legislative hotline @ 1 (800) 372-7181

By ROY PULLUM

There is something about being 72.  

I am rarely shocked by people's statements or actions.  It is hard to view the world through rose-colored glasses when I have seen so many crass actions and actors.  I have seen shoddy leadership and no leadership at all, but sometimes from the sewer of man's lack of civility, new excrement rises to the surface.

By BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Tomorrow and Saturday are the final two scheduled days of the 2018 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly and we are expecting thousands of teachers, state workers, union members and supporters at the Capitol. 

We will begin Friday with a 9 a.m. press conference at the state federation office, 140 Kings Daughter Dr., #100, and then we will proceed to the Capitol following the press conference. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Memo to public employees: Call Billy Thompson, United Steelworkers District 8 director, and ask him about the “WORKER’S RIGHTS WALL OF FAME-WALL OF SHAME.”

It shows how lawmakers voted on a trio of union-busting bills in 2017.

Teachers, firefighters, police and others who work for state or local government might want their own "Wall" to reveal where senators and representatives stood on the GOP's pension-gutting bill, which Gov. Matt Bevin signed.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

A veteran western Kentucky Democratic activist suggests that while the legislature is in recess, fellow Democrats and party allies should picket firms owned by Republicans who voted for the controversial pension, tax and budget bills.

Todd Dunn and Berry Craig spoke on behalf of organized labor at Wednesday's  "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Year Memorial March to Move" in Frankfort in honor of Dr. King, who was murdered in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

Dunn, from Louisville, and Craig, from Mayfield, are members of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO Executive Board. Dunn is president of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and president of UAW Local 862. A charter member of AFT Local 1360, Craig is also the state AFL-CIO webmaster-editor.

A brief part of Kyle Henderson's speech at Monday's massive teachers' rally at the Capitol made the NBC Nightly News.

"We are not going to let the new majority bully our kids' teachers," said Henderson, business manager of Paducah Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 184.

The Frankfort rally was part of a roundup story about teacher protests in the capitals of Kentucky and Oklahoma.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

J.P. Wright, railroad union man and modern labor troubadour, has rewritten the words to "Solidarity Forever," that grand old union song, in honor of Kentucky's public school teachers. He calls it "Schoolidarity Forever!" Click here to listen.

Sing along, too: 

When the union's inspiration through the worker's blood shall run.