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Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Bill That Provoked Teacher Protests 2018-12-14 [Diane Ravitch]

Louisville USW members authorize strike against Asarco 2018-12-14 [S&P Global]

Kentucky's job protection for smokers comes under fire 2018-12-09 [WDRB]

Kentucky Supreme Court Dismisses Labor Unions’ Challenge to State Right-To-Work Law 2018-11-28 [Natl Law Rev]

KY Gov Matt Bevin Calls for “Breaking the Back” of the Teachers’ Union 2018-11-25 [Diane Ravitch]

Top Kentucky court upholds state RTW law 2018-11-18 [KFGO]

In Kentucky, deregulation and worker safety collide 2018-11-13 [Ctr Pub Integrity]

Financial health of worst-funded state pension plan got a bit worse 2018-11-09 [Courier Jrnl]

Kentucky’s main pension fund for state workers was already frail. It just got weaker 2018-11-09 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Teamsters bosses resist calls to reopen UPS contract after NO vote 2018-10-18 [WDRB]

Teachers, public employees rally at State Capitol with U Hauls; dominent theme: ‘Remember in November’ 2018-10-08 [No KY Tribune]

‘Move ‘em out’ trucks arrive at Capitol for lawmakers who voted for pension bill 2018-10-06 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Louisville airport mechanics union rejects UPS labor contract 2018-10-03 [Courier Jrnl]

Bourbon maker Four Roses reaches deal to two week settle strike 2018-09-23 [News Tribune]

Local teachers, unions renew vow to Remember-in-November 2018-09-23 [Messenger-Inquirer]

Bourbon maker Four Roses reaches deal to settle two week strike 2018-09-22 [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Four Roses bourbon workers on strike: Here's what we know now 2018-09-15 [Courier Jrnl]

This is why the workers strike at Four Roses has bigger implications 2018-09-14 [Courier Jrnl]

Union members on fourth day of labor strike outside Four Roses 2018-09-11 [WDRB]

Koch cash flowing to Kentucky against a teacher-driven blue wave 2018-09-11 [Forward KY]

GDIT Workers Take Fight for Fair Wages and Better Working Conditions to the Hill 2018-09-09 [CWA]

Four Roses union workers go on strike following failed negotiations 2018-09-08 [WKYT]

UPS contract will go down in flames, Louisville union president says 2018-09-08 [WDRB]

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]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]