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Polling results released today by the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) show Andy Beshear, Greg Stumbo, and Heather French Henry leading in their respective statewide races.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Charlotte Goddard has signed her candidate papers for the May 22 Democratic primary in the Second House District.

“You can count on me to be a strong voice for working people,” said Goddard, who lives near Pottsville in north Graves County and teaches at Caldwell County Elementary School in Princeton.

She mailed her papers to the secretary of state’s office in Frankfort today.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"Sometimes you've got to laugh to keep from crying," my union-card carrying grandmother, God rest her soul, was fond of saying.

Jack London famously wrote that a scab "made angels weep in heaven."  The same is true of the bigot, serial fibster and union-buster in the White House. 

By BILL FINN

State Director, Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council

2017 turned out to be the worst year on record for union construction workers in Kentucky.

After total Republican control  for the first time in 95 years, the Legislature rammed through the "Right-To-Work" law, a total repeal of Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage law and "Paycheck Protection." For all the rhetoric about lifting Kentucky workers up, cutting the pay, benefits and job security of our workforce was their first and real goal.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

For what seems like an eternity, a slew of Kentucky Democrats who pack union cards have been urging Democratic candidates to stop trying to out-Republican the Republicans on the so-called social issues and start sticking to kitchen-table economic issues that made the party the Bluegrass State's political powerhouse for decades. 

The times, they are a changin'--or they seem to be.

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Many of us came into 2017 expecting the worst. And in many ways, the worst is what we got.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"Which Side Are You On?" is a grand old union song.

Billy Thompson, USW District 8 director, came up with a Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame banner to show which side state senators and representatives were on when they voted on those union-busting bills last January.

We think the banner is a great idea. So we're starting a complementary Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame on our website. 

Paducah-based Laborers Local 1214 is seeking financial help for the children of Josh Shimkus, a member of the local who was fatally injured at the TVA Shawnee Power Plant near the city.

"He was hurt on the job on Sunday night and passed away on Monday night," wrote Local 1214 Business Manager Perry Blades in a letter.  "Josh was a member in good standing and will be greatly missed."  

By Jason Bailey

Kentucky Center for Economic Progress

Warren County, Kentucky passed a local right to work ordinance in December 2014. At the time, proponents argued the policy would result in dramatic economic improvements in the local economy. To date, there is not strong evidence that such improvements have occurred.

No Accelerated Drop in Unemployment Rate