Bluegrass Express Tour Sets Off Across Kentucky Today

Toot! Toot! Look out, Kentucky, the Bluegrass Express is coming through!

Dozens of local labor leaders and union volunteers are setting out today on a 10-day bus tour through Kentucky, where Steve Beshear is challenging Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R), who has canceled bargaining rights for state employees, privatized Kentucky’s Medicaid program and taken other anti-worker stands.

Starting today, the “It’s Our Time” Bluegrass Express tour is taking off to mobilize union members to elect working family-friendly candidates in the upcoming statewide elections. The Bluegrass Express bus will travel hundreds of miles, criss-crossing the state and stopping several times a day at worksites in Ashland, Calvert City, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Lexington, Madisonville and dozens of other Kentucky towns.

I’ll be on the bus, along with Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, Mine Workers political coordinator Steve Earle, UAW Labor 2007 coordinator Danny Ernestes, AFL-CIO field representative Don Slaiman and many other elected officials, labor leaders and union volunteers along the way. We will stop at worksites ranging from steel mills to call centers, auto plants to hospitals, coal mines to colleges, not to mention rail yards, power plants and fire stations, to pass out leaflets and talk to union members about what’s at stake—vital issues, including health care, good jobs and the freedom to form and join unions.

We won’t be getting much sleep, for sure, but we will be energizing union members in the final few weeks before the election to steer Kentucky away from the middle-class disaster course that Gov. Ernie Fletcher put them on!

Says Londrigan:

This is our time. We’re doing whatever it takes to make sure that on Nov. 6, elected officials are going to hear the voice of Kentucky working families loud and clear and will send Ernie Fletcher and his corporate cronies packing!

I’ll be sending in daily blog reports from the road, look for them here. Toot, toot!

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