Economic Justice News

Kentucky's retired coal miners also face a looming pension crisis

March 28, 2018 at 10:25pm

I am a retired UMWA coal miner from western Kentucky and a KFTC member.

I worked underground for many years and very proud of that work. When I put on my bank clothes to go underground I did so secure in the knowledge that the benefits I was earning would be there for my wife and myself to survive during our retirement years. But now, thousands of retirees like me all across the coalfields will lose their pensions due to the 2008 financial crisis and coal company bankruptcies.

Congress should make good on debts to coal country. Now.

March 21, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Congress should renew a tax on coal companies that supports medical treatment for miners disabled by black lung and expires at the end of this year. A vicious resurgence of the incurable disease gives lawmakers little choice.

The Medical Marijuana Task Force

March 19, 2018 at 12:28pm
Rowan County

Eric Simpson (Rowan Co.) on the chapter's civic engagement on medical marijuana bill HB 166

Members host Georgetown Town Hall

March 1, 2018 at 10:45am

On February 24 members in Scott County hosted a town hall for residents to ask the questions of their state legislators they were concerned about. The chapter invited all state legislators who represent part of Scott County to attend, with State Representatives Mark Hart and Phillip Pratt attending. 

Not just Kentucky: This week, we saw the real agenda behind pension push.

February 15, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

Corporations have spent four decades taking traditional pensions away from most American workers. Now they and their allies want to do the same to school teachers and other public employees.

Bevin's Medicaid changes actually mean Kentucky will pay more to provide health care

February 14, 2018
The Courier-Journal

Gov. Matt Bevin's complex plan to reshape the state Medicaid program actually will cost Kentucky more to provide health coverage to people affected by the Medicaid changes than if the state did nothing.

Bevin promised to turn ‘sacred cow’ tax breaks into ‘hamburger.’ Where’s the beef?

February 8, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

In his State of the Commonwealth address a year ago today, Gov. Matt Bevin boldly proclaimed that he and the new Republican-controlled General Assembly would turn some “sacred cows” into “hamburger.”

Scott County members participate in 16th Annual MLK March!

Marchers at the 16th Annual MLK March in Georgetown!
January 17, 2018 at 01:07pm
Tax Reform, Scott County

For the 16th straight year, the Georgetown-Scott County NAACP Unit celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a march and program commemorating the legacy and message of the late civil rights leader. In the current environment that we are in, with growing income inequality, elected leaders playing to racial and religious differences, and a struggle to define what it means to be American, it was an important day to stand together.

Special session won't be called to address Kentucky pension system

December 18, 2017
WYMT

Despite his efforts it appears Governor Matt Bevin will not call a special session.