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

By AMY McGrath

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is Brent McKim's response to a Louisville Courier-Journal guest column by Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. We thank Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association for sending it to us.  

By BRENT McKIM

2017 is quickly coming to an end. Even though the next session of the Kentucky legislature begins on January 2nd, Gov. Bevin is still threatening to call a special legislative session this year to attack public pensions. A special session could be called as early as next week.

The State Government’s Joint Committee is meeting tomorrow. We need to raise our voices to let Gov. Bevin and our representatives know how vital pensions are. Can you join us?

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Solidarity, that old union byword, is getting a big boost on the radio.

Veteran labor radio journalists Doug Cunningham and JoAnne Powers are joining The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio. Both were producers at Workers Independent News.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Democratic candidates are beating Republicans in filings for next year's state House contests.  

So far, 28 Democrats and 18 Republicans have signed up to run in the May 22 primary election. On the Senate side, the GOP holds a 5-4 filing edge. The candidate mix includes incumbents and challengers.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Happy Turkey Day.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. But take a minute to remember that unions brought you holidays and 

Weekends

Overtime pay

The 8-hour day

Paid vacations

Sick days

Safety standards

Child labor laws

Health benefits

Pensions

Unemployment compensation

Be grateful but beware. The Republicans still have super-majorities in the state House and Senate. Republican Matt Bevin is still governor.

AFGE-led coalition calls on Congress to reject proposed legislation that would cause the dismantling of the nation’s largest health care system

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio is offering listeners a chance to earn a monthly shout-out on social media, exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content, extended interviews, off-air discussions, gifts and more for as little as $5 a month.

The program is called Patreon. “It’s very much in the spirit of unions,” said Nathan Ruggles, community relations director for the nationally-syndicated, Pittsburgh-based program.

By BEN SELF

Kentucky Democratic Party chair

When I’ve talked to folks over the last week about being elected chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, the first question I am often asked is,  “What are your ideas for the party?”

And while I’m usually happy to share my ideas on how we can make the KDP stronger, I’m always much more excited to turn the question around and ask the person for their ideas. That’s really where many of the best ideas originate — from Democrats all across the state.