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    By STEPHEN WOLF

    Kentucky: On Tuesday, state Attorney General Andy Beshear won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in November, setting up a contest whose outcome will determine whether roughly 140,000 individuals regain the right to vote.​ 

    Kentucky is one of just two remaining statesthat impose a lifetime ban on voting by anyone convicted of a felony (the other is Iowa), but the governor has the power to unilaterally restore the voting rights of those who have completed their sentences. Beshear has pledged to do exactly this via executive order for citizens convicted of nonviolent felonies.

    Beshear's promise to use executive power to restore voting rights comes after his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, tried to do the very same thing as his own tenure drew to a close in 2015. The elder Beshear issued just such an executive order, only to see Bevin reverse it two weeks after being sworn into office.

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     Two of the best pro-labor congresspersons are holding a Town Hall meeting at 6PM May 28 at North Dallas High School. Please *RSVP and submit your questions* [7] for Rep. Allred and Rep. Veasey.
     
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    EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appeared on our website and on the national AFL-CIO website in 2016. We believe it's appropriate to repost it this Memorial Day weekend as more proof--as if more proof were needed--that thousands of our war heroes were also union heroes. I was honored and privileged to know Brother Hack and to speak at his funeral. He died at age 95 on Sept. 25, 2016.   

    By BERRY CRAIG

    AFT Local 1360

    The Greatest Generation is down another hero. Chester William Hack died peacefully in a Paducah, Ky., nursing home on Sunday. He was 95.

    Hack—better known as Bill or Billy—packed union cards for more than 40 years. He belonged to the UAW, Pile Drivers and Paducah Ironworkers Local 782, the latter from 1945 until he retired as business manager in 1989. He was a Local 782 delegate to the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and the third recipient of the annual W.C. Young Award, the highest honor the labor group bestows. In addition, Hack was past president of the West Kentucky Building and Construction Trades Council, and he served for many years on the board of directors at the Jackson House and W.B. Sanders retirement centers, both of which are union-built, owned and operated.

    "Mr. Hack was a war hero before he was a union hero," said Jeff Wiggins, area council president [now state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer]. "He fought for our freedom in Europe in World War II, and he fought for the freedom of working people to be able to earn a good living in our country."

    Indeed. On May 29, 1943, Hack narrowly survived the fiery crash of his big, four-engine B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber into the English Channel. "When we ditched…I was dazed," he recalled. "But when I smelled my hair burning, it gave me the strength to live."

    It was his third combat mission; Hack had just turned 22. An air gunner with the storied 305th "Can Do" Bomb Group, Hack flew 22 more harrowing missions against targets in Germany and elsewhere in Nazi-occupied Europe in 1943. He tacked on four more in 1945, shortly before the Germans surrendered.

    On Aug. 17, 1943, Hack was in the first Eighth Air Force raid against Schweinfurt and nearby Regensburg, in southern Germany. It was one of the bloodiest air battles of World War II. Schweinfurt was home to Nazi ball-bearing factories. The enemy built Messerschmitt fighters in Regensburg. The 305th was part of the Schweinfurt attack.

    "They told us before we left that not many of us would be coming back from this one," Hack remembered. "But they said if we destroyed those ball-bearing plants, it would really hurt the Germans and save untold lives of our soldiers on the ground."

    The "Mighty Eighth" sent 379 "Forts" on the raid, its deepest penetration into the Nazi homeland to...

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    ForestvilleTeachers are holding a rally in front of their school at 6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA 95436 [1].  This is the last school board meet of the year.  They are asking that teachers from all around the county join them and meet in front of Carr’s Restaurant.  Please wear red.  Please invite all your chapter members to participate and bring family and friends!  Again, Forestville is 33% below the statewide average pay and is the first CTA chapter in Sonoma county to be at factfinding and to unanimously authorize a strike if necessary.  Every educator in the county has a stake in their success regardless of whether you have settled this year or not.  This is especially true of educators in West Sonoma County.  So, please join us!  Attached is a revised flyer with info on the rally to share with your members. 
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    ForestvilleTeachers are holding a rally in front of their school at 6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA 95436 [1].  This is the last school board meet of the year.  They are asking that teachers from all around the county join them and meet in front of Carr’s Restaurant.  Please wear red.  Please invite all your chapter members to participate and bring family and friends!  Again, Forestville is 33% below the statewide average pay and is the first CTA chapter in Sonoma county to be at factfinding and to unanimously authorize a strike if necessary.  Every educator in the county has a stake in their success regardless of whether you have settled this year or not.  This is especially true of educators in West Sonoma County.  So, please join us!  
     
     
     
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    ForestvilleTeachers are holding a rally in front of their school at 6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA 95436.  This is the last school board meet of the year.  They are asking that teachers from all around the county join them and meet in front of Carr’s Restaurant.  Please wear red.  Please invite all your chapter members to participate and bring family and friends!  Again, Forestville is 33% below the statewide average pay and is the first CTA chapter in Sonoma county to be at factfinding and to unanimously authorize a strike if necessary.  Every educator in the county has a stake in their success regardless of whether you have settled this year or not.  This is especially true of educators in West Sonoma County.  So, please join us!  

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    May 30th from 4:30pm to 6pm - ForestvilleTeachers are holding a rally in front of their school at 6321 Highway 116, Forestville, CA 95436.  This is the last school board meet of the year.  They are asking that teachers from all around the county join them and meet in front of Carr’s Restaurant.  Please wear red.  Please invite all your chapter members to participate and bring family and friends!  Again, Forestville is 33% below the statewide average pay and is the first CTA chapter in Sonoma county to be at factfinding and to unanimously authorize a strike if necessary.  Every educator in the county has a stake in their success regardless of whether you have settled this year or not.  This is especially true of educators in West Sonoma County.  So, please join us!    

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    FRANKFORT -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear worked a small room of union leaders at the Capital Plaza Hotel Thursday afternoon. With his white shirt sleeves rolled up, he shook everyone’s hand and asked if they were ready for November’s election.
     
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    “I know we went into Tuesday with three strong tickets, each one supporting working families but as of today we are one family united to win in November,” Beshear said. “Let me say, it doesn’t matter where you were on Monday, we want you on this team because it’s the winning team and it’s the team that’s going to beat Matt Bevin.”
     
    “I know we went into Tuesday with three strong tickets, each one supporting working families but as of today we are one family united to win in November,” Beshear said. “Let me say, it doesn’t matter where you were on Monday, we want you on this team because it’s the winning team and it’s the team that’s going to beat Matt Bevin.”
     
    Beshear won a little more than 38 percent of the vote Tuesday in a competitive Democratic primary for governor, largely on the back of a strong showing in Kentucky’s two largest cities — Lexington and Louisville. To do so, he had to overcome a surge of rural Democrats who favored House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins.
     
    Beshear won a little more than 38 percent of the vote Tuesday in a competitive Democratic primary for governor, largely on the back of a strong showing in Kentucky’s two largest cities — Lexington and Louisville. To do so, he had to overcome a surge of rural Democrats who favored House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins.
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    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear worked a small room of union leaders at the Capital Plaza Hotel Thursday afternoon. With his white shirt sleeves rolled up, he shook everyone’s hand and asked if they were ready for November’s election.

    “I know we went into Tuesday with three strong tickets, each one supporting working families but as of today we are one family united to win in November,” Beshear said. “Let me say, it doesn’t matter where you were on Monday, we want you on this team because it’s the winning team and it’s the team that’s going to beat Matt Bevin.”

    Beshear won a little more than 38 percent of the vote Tuesday in a competitive Democratic primary for governor, largely on the back of a strong showing in Kentucky’s two largest cities — Lexington and Louisville. To do so, he had to overcome a surge of rural Democrats who favored House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins.

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Yesterday, May 24

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    NOTE: The NOLC Executive Board and Council meetings are cancelled due to the Memorial Day Holiday.

    Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. No matter how you observe Memorial Day remember that it is a day to commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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    Around the State from the Oregon Employment Department

    The May 21st election endorsements by the Labor Council

    Breakfast meeting with Senator Wyden

    Reminder, the NW Oregon Labor Council Labor Appreciation & Recognition Night Dinner is June 8th, contact Sue at 503-235-9444 for more information.

    From the Oregon AFL-CIO

    This week was a disappointing week for workers in the Oregon Capitol. The senate failed to move forward the key priority for the Oregon State Building Trades, HB 2408, while advancing SB 1049, an illegal and unfair attack on public employee benefits.

    Defending Against Attacks

    SB 1049, the latest attack on public employee retirement, passed the Senate yesterday. This bill would divert a portion of the employee’s 6% contribution and direct it to the unfunded liability. This would have a huge impact on a person’s ability to retire, as it would reduce their earned benefit by up to 12%. This attack is unacceptable. Many of the legislators that stood up and said that they would not cut PERS turned their back on our public employees and voted for SB 1049. We must act now before this bill becomes law: https://secure.everyaction.com/jCytvVw5UEKUxbyOT26cwg2

    Supporting the Priorities of Affiliates

    HB 2408 would have expanded access to prevailing wage to include construction workers who are working on projects...

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