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EDITOR'S NOTE: McGrath is the Kentucky State AFl-CIO endorsed candidate for the US Senate.

By AMY McGrath

EDITOR'S NOTE: More than 600 labor organizations, including the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, have endorsed HR 676. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Kay Tillow answers naysayer to single-payer health care by pointing to polls and citing history.

Several public opinion surveys show growing support for a single payer system, according to Tillow, who heads Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

“We’re still standing” is the theme of the Labor Day parade in Paducah, Ky.

It’s appropriate.

In January, the Republican-majority Kentucky General Assembly, egged on by a tea party GOP governor, tried to kayo organized labor in the Bluegrass State.

The legislature delivered a pair of haymakers. Republican lawmakers passed a “right to work” law and repealed the prevailing wage.

Gov. Matt Bevin giddily signed the bills. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The skies darkened right on cue at 1:22.

When the sun disappeared over Paducah, the cicadas, which usually croon toward dusk, started to sing.

The crowd clapped, cheered and whooped it up at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, my former place of employment and my vantage point for “the most exciting two minutes, forty seconds in astronomy.”

It was a tad more than 2:21 in Paducah, about as far west at the Bluegrass State goes.

This post also appears on Daily Kos.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

In my mind’s eye, I can see the suits smirking at the protesters outside the posh Four Rivers performing arts center in Paducah, where Sen. Mitch McConnell showed up to chow down with the Rotary Club.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

When it was obvious the Senate’s “skinny repeal’” of the Affordable Health Care Act was toast, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got grumpy, came down with the mulligrubs and slumped in his chair.

With TV cameras focused on him, my thoughts turned to a similar scene in another senate 2,080 years ago —  painted, perhaps a tad fancifully, in 1889.

By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360

Just when you think Donald Trump couldn't be more fatuous in word and deed, he proves you wrong.

At a recent cabinet conclave, the president "deemed himself one of the most productive presidents in American history--perhaps Franklin D. Roosevelt could come close, he conceded--and proclaimed that he had led a 'record setting pace' of accomplishment," wrote The New York Times' Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

By BILL LONDRIGAN

President Kentucky State AFL-CIO

For 14 years under three governors, Marvin “Gene” Strong Jr. served as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. During his tenure, hundreds of employers opened facilities in Kentucky, our economic-development efforts gained positive national recognition and other states sought to emulate our strategies.