Ford Expects Hiring 3,100 Jobs By End of 2012

Ford Motor Company expects to hire all the new employees for its two Louisville plants by the end of next year. Gov. Steve Beshear joined Mayor Greg Fischer and Ford Motor President of the Americas Mark Fields in Louisville on Thursday. The politicians cheered the ratification of a new 4-year contract between Ford and the… Continue reading Ford Expects Hiring 3,100 Jobs By End of 2012

Union Report on Upper Big Branch Explosion Faults Massey Energy, Suggests Evidence Tampering

The United Mine Workers union has released its own report into last year’s deadly explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine. The report is highly critical of the way non-union Massey Energy handled the disaster. The explosion killed 29 workers, and the title of the report instantly gives a sense of how the United… Continue reading Union Report on Upper Big Branch Explosion Faults Massey Energy, Suggests Evidence Tampering

Local Union Could Decide 4-Year Contract With Ford Motors

The fate of a contract between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union could come down to Louisville’s local chapter, which begins voting this week on the proposed four-year contract with the company. There have been mixed reviews on the new contract so far, and in several cities local unions have shot it… Continue reading Local Union Could Decide 4-Year Contract With Ford Motors

Frazier Exhibit Focuses On Civil War Loyalty Divisions

An exhibit opening this weekend at the Frazier History Museum focuses on how the Civil War fractured many families and communities in Kentucky. It’s called “My Brother, My Enemy.”Curator of Collections Kelly Williams Wilkerson says Kentucky’s position as a so-called “border state” during the war caused some deep political and personal rifts “There’s lots of… Continue reading Frazier Exhibit Focuses On Civil War Loyalty Divisions

AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost… Continue reading AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

Orchestra Musicians Voting on New Contract Today

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are voting today on a contract for the current and upcoming seasons. The musicians and management have been at odds over the contract for months, and the impasse has resulted in the cancellation of three months of concerts. The management had previously pushed for a tiered system, with musicians… Continue reading Orchestra Musicians Voting on New Contract Today

“Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the… Continue reading “Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

Rally To Be Held In Frankfort Against Wisconsin, Indiana Legislation

Kentuckians will rally Saturday in Frankfort in support of protesters in Wisconsin and Indiana, who are fighting legislation they say will hurt labor unions. Similar rallies will be held in state capitals across the nation.

MoveOn.org and several other organizations are promoting the rallies. Keith Rouda with MoveOn hopes the event will show solidarity across the nation among people striving to protect and further unionized labor.

Jeffboat Union Workers Vote to Extend Strike

by Stephanie Crosby Some 600 workers at the Jeffboat shipyard in southern Indiana remain on strike. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 89, walked off the job Friday and voted Sunday to extend their strike. Union President Fred Zuckerman says the one sticking point is health care in the barge maker’s contract proposal. He says… Continue reading Jeffboat Union Workers Vote to Extend Strike