News

The American Bar Association had rated the new nominee, Judge Justin Walker, as unqualified, but he has strong conservative support

By KARL HULSE

Vulnerable coal miners suffering from black lung disease fear what will happen if COVID-19 is added to the mix.

By MATT KRUPNICK

EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't? For the duration of the crisis, we're going to add two features to the website, "COVID-19 News" and a regular roundup of breaking news stories. Most of our coverage will focus on how the pandemic is affecting Kentuckians, especially union members and their families. We will regularly update "COVID 19 News" at the top of the page.

We just received this email from Lavita Payton, a registered nurse and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1104 member, and thought you should read it.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

Companies like Amazon, Instacart, Family Dollar, Food Lion, McDonald's, Walmart, and Whole Foods are thriving amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as more Americans cook at home, limit in-person trips to grocery stores, or seek easy drive-thru dinner options.

Unfortunately, their workers have been paying the price — putting themselves in harm's way to cook, package up, and deliver food and other household essentials without paid sick leave policies, proper health protocols, or "hazard pay" increases in wages.

By BRUCE MAPLES

Buried in a bill passed by the General Assembly on its way out the door is a single word added to a single Kentucky Revised Statute. The addition of that one word makes it possible for mail-in voting to happen in Kentucky.

House Bill 351 was passed by the legislature on April 1, the day they met to pass the budget. It is the revenue bill that accompanies the budget, and contains 244 pages of additions and deletions to the tax laws and other revenue-related statutes.

By BEN TOBIN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — GE Appliances workers may move one step closer toward going on strike amid the company's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to members of the IUE-CWA Local 83-761 obtained by The Courier Journal, union President Dean "Dino" Driskell wrote that he is "pushing the company to respond to our demands and take this virus seriously park wide."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to read a Forward Kentucky synopsis of the budget bill, which passed Wednesday.

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us the following story.

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to read our friend and union brother John Barry's op-ed piece in Wednesday's Baltimore Sun.

The pandemic has revealed just how poorly many companies treat their employees. Will workers continue to fight back once life goes back to normal?