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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]

Former Ford contractor will pay out $21.6 million after a union dispute in Louisville 2017-11-02 [Louisville Liz Jrnl]

KY AFL-CIO: KY GOP To Come After Worker’s Compensation 2017-10-24 [Union Edge]

Tobacco farm workers on strike 2017-10-15 [Farm Labor OC, AFL-CIO]

 VIDEO Public workers rally for pension plan 2017-10-02 [WHAS]

Attention, Kentucky: Closing a Pension Is Never a Good Idea 2017-09-09 [AFL-CIO]

IKEA union members reject contract, extended negotiations 2017-09-06 [Cecil Whig]

‘It affects everything.’ What’s at stake as the pension war begins 2017-08-30 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Union, feds at odds on countering surge in coal mine deaths 2017-08-04 [Star Tribune]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]