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On this day in 1955, the AFL and CIO gathered at our first joint convention. Sixty-four years later, the AFL-CIO has so much to be proud of.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

At least Gov. Bevin is consistent. 

Kentucky State AFL-CIO Executive Board Member Donna Haynes, IBEW Local 1701, presented state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan a silver tray in appreciation for the state AFL-CIO helping sponsor las

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Jeff Wiggins reminded everybody that Gov. Matt Bevin said teachers who rallied in Frankfort against Republican legislation to cut public pensions had a “thug mentality.”

“The teachers said ‘thug’ meant ‘teachers helping union guys,” said Wiggins, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer who was one of 16 speakers at Saturday’s “Public Education Rally" in Paducah.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Democratic congressional hopeful Alonzo Pennington of Princeton has landed the backing of Paducah Laborers Local 1214 for Tuesday's primary.  

At the same time, headline-grabbing West Virginian Richard Ojeda--the paratrooper-populist Democrat who Politico called "JFK with a tattoo and a bench press" -- took time out from his maverick congressional campaign to make a video promoting Pennington.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Kurt Glazier of Whiteside County, Ill., packs a union card. He is a state employee.

He's also a Trump voter and the county Republican chair. That double-whammy reminds me of a sign that hung in a Paducah union hall in 1980: "A union member voting for Ronald Reagan is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders."

Substitute "Donald Trump" for The Gipper, and the sign is up to date.   

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The state’s largest labor federation has received Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky’s first Partner Award.

“The Kentucky State AFL-CIO has been a critical voice for Kentucky’s families and children through their support of our statewide child abuse prevention efforts,” said Jill Seyfred, PCAK executive director.

The state AFL-CIO is one of only five of PCAK's 215 partners to be recognized in 2018. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Have other women been paid to keep quiet about trysts with Trump? 

Retired state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Larry Jaggers watched Wednesday's executive board gathering from the back of the meeting room at the Office Pub and Deli in Frankfort.

Just before President Bill Londrigan dismissed the delegates and invited everybody to a buffet lunch, he called Jaggers to the front and surprised him with a plaque honoring his "many years of dedicated service to the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and the working men & women of Kentucky."

A Steelworker, Jaggers retired in December. 

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO has endorsed an AFT Local 1360 resolution against a proposed revision of Kentucky Community and Technical College System board policy that would weaken tenure protections for faculty.

"Great thanks to Berry Craig, Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan and all Kentucky union members," said Barbara Ashley, Local 1360 executive director.

The revision would affect teachers at all 16 public community and technical colleges.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360 

Remember that Mitch-McConnell-for-senate campaign ad from 2014 that maligned Matt Bevin as an "east coast con man"?

Here's an update: "Jefferson County con man."