Where trade unionists start their day on the net.
Act NOW!

Today's news - Kentucky

Stewards at UPS largest local vote to reject labor contracts 2018-08-15 [DCVelocity]

Louisville Teamsters Local 89 tells 12,000 workers to vote NO on UPS contract 2018-08-14 [WDRB]

KY Supreme Court considers RTW law 2018-08-13 [Richmond Register]

Paid Election Letter: Union workers are not the problem 2018-08-01 [Columbia Daily Trib]

Coal miners are dying of black lung, and a Kentucky law could make it harder to claim benefits 2018-07-20 [VICE]

Union wins tobacco strike, continues VUSE e-cigarette boycott 2018-07-13 [Forward]

Breaking News: Kentucky Declares Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional 2018-06-21 [Diane Ravitch]

UPS workers vote to support strike as contract talks continue 2018-06-06 [WDRB]

House Republican Leader Defeated by Math Teacher 2018-05-23 [Diane Ravitch]

Teachers to protest at Kentucky Derby, a symbol of state's inequality 2018-05-06 [The Guardian]

Students Were Sexually Assaulted and Used Drugs Because Teachers Protested ( ! ), Kentucky Governor Says 2018-04-15 [Time]

Teachers rally in 'day of action' at state Capitol 2018-04-14 [CNN]

Kentucky Network for Public Ed Action Fund Endorses a Teacher For the Legislature 2018-04-14 [Diane Ravitch]

Kentucky teachers union calls for 'day of action' Friday 2018-04-11 [USAToday]

State to Move Ahead With Overhaul of Workers’ Comp System 2018-04-09 [Insurance Jrnl]

Amid Massive Teacher Revolt Over Starving Schools, Kentucky GOP Passes Huge Tax Cut for the 1% 2018-04-07 [Common Dreams]

School Staff: Tens of Thousands On Strike in Kentucky and Oklahoma 2018-04-06 [libcom.org]

GOP bill slows detection of black lung, other workplace illnesses 2018-04-05 [Lexington Herald Leader]

Teachers Stand Up for a Decent State Budget, Their Pensions, and Public Responsibility 2018-04-04 [Jan Ressenger]

Teachers storm the Capitol: We have no choice but to be here 2018-04-03 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

State Lawmakers Limit Black Lung Claims Reviews Despite Epidemic For more info 2018-04-01 [NPR]

Teachers Walk Out in Response to GOP Legislators Attack on Pensions 2018-03-30 [Diane Ravitch]

Workers comp reform bill heads to governor 2018-03-30 [Biz Insurance]

Kentucky teachers shut down schools in protest over the pension bill 2018-03-30 [Lexington Courier-Journal]

Mass teachers' wildcat strike 2018-03-30 [libcom.org]

75 Jeffboat workers told facility will soon close for good 2018-03-24 [WDRB]

Days after comments that ignited fury among teachers, Gov Bevin makes plea for pension overhaul 2018-03-18 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Teacher Discontent Swells in Kentucky Over Proposed Cuts to Benefits 2018-03-15 [WKU]

Teacher Discontent Swells in Kentucky Over Proposed Cuts to Benefits 2018-03-14 [NPR]

Teachers, other groups, to rally for pensions at Kentucky Capitol 2018-03-11 [WKYT]

Republican lawmakers tout their pension bill; KY Public Pension Coalition calls it unacceptable 2018-02-23 [No KY Tribune]

GOP lawmakers to Kentucky teachers: We’ll cut your pensions, but give you guns 2018-02-23 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Long-awaited pension reform bill introduced in state Senate — with controversial provisions dropped 2018-02-22 [No KY Tribune]

Working People Flip State House Seat in Kentucky 2018-02-21 [AFL-CIO]

Unions Appeal RTW 2018-02-21 [Wash Free Beacon]

Right to work law upheld 2018-01-29 [Daily Independent]

Right-to-Work Law Upheld by Court 2018-01-27 [The National Law Review]

Judge Throws Out Challenge To RTW Law 2018-01-25 [WKMS]

Judge dismisses unions’ attempt to block Kentucky’s right-to-work law 2018-01-25 [The Herald-Leader]

State sees decline in union workers as right-to-work law takes effect 2018-01-25 [WDRB]

State AFL-CIO Creates A Legislative Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame, Encourages Others To Do The Same 2017-12-29 [NH Labor]

Workers suing hedge funds to recover pension losses 2017-12-28 [The Times-Union]

Workers Suing Hedge Funds to Recover Pension Losses 2017-12-28 [USNews]

Louisville labor organizer hopes to succeed State Rep. Jim Wayne 2017-11-21 [Insider]

Toyota Warns US Workers: Build Camry for Less, or Else 2017-11-21 [Yahoo]

Gutting Guest Worker Rights: Migrant Labor Bill Cuts Protections 2017-11-20 [WEKU]

Mexican Farm Workers Win Historic FLOC-Backed Strike 2017-11-17 [AFL-CIO]

Unions showing support for Kingsford workers 2017-11-15 [The Journal]

Striking Migrant Farm Workers Win Settlement 2017-11-08 [Resource]

Striking farmworkers reach settlement with KY tobacco grower 2017-11-07 [FLOC]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]