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By MARSHALL WARD

Today, many of us celebrated Labor Day with a picnic. It is unofficially the last weekend of summer.

Most may not know that P.J. McGuire, vice president of the American Federation of Labor, suggested the first Monday in September would be an ideal date for a public celebration of organized labor because of good weather and because the date was between the 4th of July and Thanksgiving.

“Our members are still waiting for the supposed greatness of this economy to reach their kitchen tables,” Richard Trumka told Chris Wallace on Fox News.

By MARY PAPENFUSS

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Jacqueline Coleman says a recent poll that had Andy Beshear leading Matt Bevin by nine points in the governor's race won't affect how Team Beshear campaigns between now and election day.

"The polls make you feel good, but they won't change how hard we're working," said Coleman, Beshear's running mate. They're topping the Democratic ticket.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

I'm thinking about my interview with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts a half-dozen Labor Days ago.

In Paducah for the city's 2013 Labor Day parade and picnic, he said it was time for unions to take back two big issues the labor-haters had hijacked from our movement: “The Bible and patriotism.”

By ROY PULLAM

I am grateful for the impact unions have had on American life.  

America was changed because of unions. We have the forty-hour week, overtime, pensions, safety laws, vacations and workers' compensation due to their efforts.  It was mainly through their efforts that we got such a  large middle class.

I know union membership is one-third of what it was in the 50's (roughly 11 million down from the 33 million high).