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BY MATT MENCARINI

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite growing pressure from Republicans and business leaders, Gov. Andy Beshear said he is not going to cut Kentucky’s unemployment benefits — at least not yet.

By PHILIP M. BAILEY

The top Democrats seeking their party's nomination for Kentucky governor were put on their heels Monday with specific questions about how to overcome Republican supermajorities in the legislature.

By TOM LOFTUS

FRANKFORT — The Bevin administration illegally withheld from public release an actuarial analysis of the governor's original "Keeping the Promise" plan to reform Kentucky's troubled pension system, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Thursday.

Moreover, Shepherd, who was able to review the withheld analysis in considering his decision, said that it raised concerns that "call into question the effectiveness" of Bevin's sweeping pension reform plan.

FROM THE KENTUCKY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Frankfort KY— On Thursday, a Kentucky mom who lost her son to a drug overdose in 2014 penned an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for him to stop selling drug-themed shirts as part of his campaign fundraising and donate the money raised to addiction recovery services in the state.

For too long, employers have been able to violate the National Labor Relations Act without facing serious consequences, routinely denying working people the basic right to join with co-workers to make our jobs better.

By TOM LOFTUS

FRANKFORT — As Gov. Matt Bevin works to find the votes to pass a new pension bill during a special legislative session, former House Speaker Jeff Hoover is working toward a different goal.

By MARSHALL WARD

President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country.

But in Kentucky, teachers have been under attack by our Republican Governor from the minute he set foot in Frankfort. He has called teachers unpatriotic, greedy, ignorant, complicit to drug overdoses and accidental shootings, and lazy.

The legislature has passed failed charter school legislation and tried to reduce teacher’s pensions and healthcare benefits. 

The Labor Wire

May 7, 2019

This week, we’re celebrating the millions of working people who have committed themselves to serving our communities every day. As we mark both Teacher Appreciation Week and Public Service Recognition Week, the labor movement is doing more than tipping our hat. We’re keeping up the fight to defend these tireless public servants’ rights and dignities on the job.