Rally to #CallTheVote and #StopTheShutdown

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Unions in Kentucky are planning a rally in Lexington on Wednesday outside Senator Mitch McConnell’s office to demand he call a vote in the Senate on funding the government and stopping the government shutdown.

The rally will be outside McConnell’s Lexington office, 771 Corporate Drive. It will start at 11:30 and last an hour. Co-sponsors include the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, and the American Federation of Government Employees.

In a letter sent on Saturday, state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan said, “Furloughed federal workers want to personally appeal to McConnell to stop the shutdown. Let’s all stand with these workers and their families to help bring an end to the suffering and uncertainty facing thousands of our fellow workers here and across America. We all know the only two people who can stop the shutdown are McConnell and Trump. We want to demonstrate to McConnell that he needs to act now to stop the shutdown.”

Londrigan added that members of AFGE and other unions will be boarding a bus at 9 a.m. at the Census Bureau, 1201 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville, Ind. Another Lexington-bound bus will depart between 9:30 and 10 a.m. from the UAW Local 862 hall, 3000 Fern Valley Road, Louisville.

“Furloughed workers from AFGE, NATCA are encouraging their members to ride the bus and we are encouraging other unions to have their members and representatives to ride the bus,” Londrigan said. “If all the seats get taken others can ride to Lexington in private vehicles.  We need to show McConnell that enough is enough and it is time to stop the shutdown NOW!”

For more information, visit the rally event page on Facebook.

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Information provided by the KY AFL-CIO web site.

Berry Craig
Berry Craig of Mayfield is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community College in Paducah and an author of five books on the Civil War in Kentucky. The last one, published by the University Press of Kentucky, is Kentucky’s Rebel Press: Pro-Confederate Media in the Civil War. His critically-acclaimed Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase, also from the University Press, has been reprinted in paperback.