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Kroger union workers in Kentucky and Indiana get a pay boost under new contract 2019-04-20 [Courier Jrnl]

Louisville union leaders express anger, frustration over Mayor Fischer's proposed salary freeze 2019-04-09 [WDRB]

Martin County residents receive large water donation from Teamsters local 2019-04-08 [WSAZ]

‘We’re human beings too.’ Lexington sanitation workers call for fair pay scale at rally 2019-04-06 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Fire destroys the Highlander Center, legendary union activist training site; decades of labor archives lost 2019-03-30 [Knoxville News Sentinel]

KY teachers stage a bold protest that scores national attention 2019-03-18 [Salon]

State taking names of teachers who called in sick to protest 2019-03-17 [ABC News]

Teachers in California, Kentucky hold mass sickout over labor issues 2019-03-01 [UPI]

How Four Roses Bourbon strikers fought off 2-Tier 2019-01-05 [Labor Notes]

How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier 2019-01-04 [Labour Notes]

Special Session to Ram Through Pension Bill Collapses as Teachers Protest 2018-12-19 [Diane Ravitch]

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]

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]

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

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

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [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]