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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]

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]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]