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UPS workers say company isn't doing enough to protect them from COVID-19 2020-03-19 [WDRB]

Kentucky coal miner protest ends in victory for the few who remained;company pays all wages 2020-01-16 [Lexington Herald Leader]

JCPS teachers' union may get 10 leave days in hopes of preventing 'sickouts' this session 2020-01-10 [WDRB]

Beshear restores workplace safety board abolished by Bevin 2020-01-10 [SFChronicle]

KY Labor Cabinet reverses stance that 1,074 teachers broke law with 'sick outs' 2020-01-03 [WDRB]

Paducah unions raise $10,000 to help brighten Christmas for 100 disadvantaged children 2019-12-23 [Forward KY]

New Governor Invites Teachers to Lead Inaugural Parade! 2019-11-16 [Diane Ravitch]

Teachers unions made the difference in the Kentucky governor's race 2019-11-07 [Washington Post]

Blackjewel Coal Miners to Get Millions in Back Pay After Train Blockade 2019-10-25 [NYTimes]

Local UAW chapter votes against new GM contract 2019-10-24 [WKYT]

Fighting GM puts a financial squeeze on striking union workers 2019-10-04 [Reuters]

Inside the Harlan County coal miner protest 2019-09-11 [Rolling Stone]

Unpaid Kentucky coalminers have been blocking a train track for three weeks 2019-08-28 [Radio CBC]

Louisville Ford workers to vote on strike 'authorization' amid contract talks 2019-08-27 [WDRB]

Candidate Bernie Sanders backs striking telecom workers 2019-08-26 [AP]

Bernie Sanders visits striking AT&T workers in Louisville 2019-08-26 [Wave 3 News]

AT&T Workers In Hopkinsville Join Southeast Strike Over Contract Dispute 2019-08-26 [WKMS]

On a Kentucky Train Track, a Union Protest without the Union 2019-08-20 [Humanist]

Miners' pay protest grows where 'Bloody Harlan' labor wars once raged 2019-08-19 [NY Times]

A Look At Labor Unions, Worker Safety And Right-To-Work In Kentucky 2019-08-12 [WFPL]

Kentucky Miners Are Camped Out on Railroad Tracks, Blocking a Coal Train, Demanding Their Stolen Wages 2019-08-02 [Labor Notes]

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]

This month in labour history

6-03-1913 Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appeared in the @_IWW union's Little Red Song Book. [more]

7-03-1860 Some 6,000 shoemakers, later joined by 20,000 other workers, are on strike in Lynn, Massachussets. They get wage increases but not recognition for their union. [more]

7-03-1920 “Hunger march” by the unemployed to the Ford factories in Dearborn, asking for help and hiring. Police shoot at crowd, killing 4 and injuring 60 people. [more]

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

8-03-1926 Fur & Leather Workers Union (mostly women) went on strike in NYC, enduring beatings by police. They won a 10% raise and a five-day week. [more]

8-03-1942 Lucy Parsons, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and powerful orator for women, working people, and political prisoners died. [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1912 The Bread and Roses strikers won all their demands. The strike was organized by mostly women workers and the Industrial Workers of the World and included 20,000 workers. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

15-03-1917 The Supreme Court approves the 8-hour day law as rail workers threaten national strike. [more]

15-03-1948 National strike by bituminous coal miners demanding pensions. [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]