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The Union Label

Labor Unions have played a pivotal role in the development of our great nation since they began organizing in the 1820s. Join Berry Craig as he talks with his guests about local Union issues.

Al Cunningham - April 26, 2013
Al Cunningham, Business Representative for District Council 91, Painters and Allied Trades, has been a union worker for 32 years. "I just got involved in my local union and seen that this could be a benefit for me and my family," said Cunningham. "With being a representative you have to see both sides of the issues. . . Yes, you want to make sure the guys are being treated fairly, but you also want to make sure that the employer is as well.
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Professional Case Management Program - March 15, 2013
Professional Case Management is a home nursing-care company for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. Nuclear workers who suffer from illnesses they contracted while working in the nuclear weapons industry need special care. The program is designed to help nuclear workers who suffer from serious job related illnesses to stay at home. Berry Craig interviews Stuart Tolar, Professional Case Management Program; Fred Buckley and James Harbison, Steelworkers Local 550.
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Labor Day Parade Preview - August 24, 2012
President of the Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee, Brandon Duncan gives a preview of the 2012 Labor Day Parade in Paducah, Kentucky. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. on September 3. It will follow along Broadway beginning at 14th Street and ending at 2nd Street.
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Kip Phillips - April 27, 2012
"I know of no other entity by which a person of with my background could have gone and done and been involved with the things that I have been able to," said Kip Phillips, a United Steelworkers International Vice President. "The labor movement has done more to raise the standard of living for the average American. . . than any institution that has ever came along." Phillips is a native of Benton, and currently serves as Assistant to the President of USW.
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Jim Key - April 20, 2012
Jim Key, Vice President, Steel Workers 550 Paducah Gaseous Difusion Plant, is a third generation union worker. His grandfather was instrumental in the development of one of the first unions in Alabama. Key testified to congress and was conducive to the passing of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) -- the program that provides lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear workers who suffer from any one of twenty-three cancers from radiation exposure.
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Green Awareness Program - March 16, 2012
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184 and West Kentucky Community and Technical College, recently earned national recognition for their green partnership training program. The union and the school have decided that since they work so well together, they should team up on a two-year college degree program for Local 184 apprentices. The green movement is a force behind the way companies seek new business opportunities. The program seeks for Apprentices and Journeymen to understand this new and emerging trend. Local 184 and WKCTC jointly received a $1 million "Going Green" grant for the program. Kyle Henderson, Business Manager, Local 184, speaks about the partnership with Berry Craig.
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J.R. Gray Part 2 - January 20, 2012
In part 2, Gray speaks to Berry Craig about issues that he has with Right to Work. They also address prevailing wage and the speak about Gray's first bill that he sponsored: "The Tombstone Bill"
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J.R. Gray Part 1 - January 20, 2012
J.R. Gray had a long career as a union leader. He also served for 26 years as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, including Chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee for more than a decade. Gray eventually landed the position of Kentucky Secretary of Labor before he retired in 2010. Like many people who were raised in western Kentucky, after J.R. Gray graduated High School from Lyon County, he was forced to migrate to the Chicago-Gary area to find work. While he was there he was introduced to the union lifestyle. He began in United Steel Workers local 1011 as a journeyman machinist and started working his way up the union ladder. After being elected to several union positions, Gray sought election to public office.
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Brandon Duncan - August 26, 2011
Berry Craig delivers the line up for the 2011 Western Kentucky Labor Day Parade. Brandon Duncan, president of the Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee, is Berry's guest.
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Labor Day Parade - August 26, 2011
Berry Craig delivers the line up for the 2011 Western Kentucky Labor Day Parade. Brandon Duncan, president of the Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee, is Berry's guest.
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J.W. Cleary - May 2, 2011
J.W. Cleary, community leader and former president of the Paducah Chapter of the NAACP, explains how unions gave African-Americans the opportunity to to be on the same page as whites.
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Jerry Sykes - April 15, 2011
When he was young Jerry Sykes's family moved north to find work. His first union job was in a Detroit theatre as an usher when he was a teenager and he has been union ever since.
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Jay Latham - April 15, 2011

Jay Latham speaks about the importance of unions and the significance of the Western Kentucky Retired Workers Council of the UAW.
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Monumental Movers - December 1, 2010
Retired machinist, Hardy Williams and Benny Adair, KSCM President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers speak of how the union is their life.
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Kentucky AFL - CIO - October 20, 2010
Berry sits down with Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL - CIO to discuss it's history and problems facing today's American worker.
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Kentucky Labor Cabinet - September 14, 2010
The mandate of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is to protect the working women and men of Kentucky and to promote harmonious industrial relations. Join Berry as he interviews the Kentucky Labor Cabinet General Council, David Suetholz, a labor lawyer from Northern Kentucky.
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The Jackson House/Sanders Retirement Center - September 9, 2010
Built due to the shortage in retirement homes in the area, the Jackson House is Paducah's tallest building. With an average age of 77, the centers are home to nearly 300 people.
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Labor Day Parade - August 27, 2010
Berry previews the Paducah Labor Day Parade with Frances Willey, Labor Day Parade Committee Treasurer, and Jeff Wiggins, Labor Day Parade Committee President.
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Guide Dogs of America - February 26, 2010
In the last seven years, Machinist Union District 154 has raised over $60,000 through fundraisers to benefit Guide Dogs of America. Guide Dogs of America donates dogs to those in need at a cost of $40,000 per dog. They train dogs as well as people to work together as one team.
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Bill Hack - January 22, 2010
Bill Hack, retired business manager Ironworker Local 782, retired business agent shares his story with Berry Craig. An ironworker for 53 years, Hack started his career at with a phony birth certificate at the age of sixteen for 12.5 cents per hour.
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Ron Spann - October 23, 2009
With over 700,000 members United Steelworkers have faced many changes over the years. Ron Spann, retired Staff Representative, discusses several topics from union campaigns, younger union member attendance, company exploitation of foreign workers, and the Employee Free Choice Act.
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Kyle Henderson - September 25, 2009
Kyle Henderson, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184, tells of the changes that unions have faced over the years. "The plumber protects the health of the nation," said Henderson. "They are going to continue to do that in different ways." Henderson tells of the education needed and of the high competition for jobs.
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Benny Adair - May 8, 2009
Benny Adair is the Directing Business Representative and the KSCM President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
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Francis Willey - March 6, 2009
Francis Willey is the recipient of the WC Young Award, the highest award offered by local labor. Berry and Francis talk about her many years of service for Paducah's Labor Day Parade.
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Greg Hobgood, Ice Storm of 2009 - March 6, 2009
Berry interviews IBEW Business Manager - Local 816, Greg Hobgood about the dedicated linemen who worked through the ice storm of 2009. The unprecedented storm brought overwhelming devastation. Linemen worked countless hours in frigid temperatures and dangerous situations to restore power to thousands of people around the region. Hobgood says "it will take years to get back to normal, but we're working on it".
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Jeff Wiggins and Wayne Chambers - February 27, 2009
Berry interviews Jeff Wiggins and Wayne Chambers about a variety of topics including the history of the merger between the United Rubber Workers and the United Steel Workers. They also discuss the West KY Area Council and what unions mean for a better way of life.
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General Tire Closure - April 11, 2007
Berry Craig interviews Wayne Chambers, the last vice-president of Steel Workers Local 665. Chambers talks about the last days of the General Plant in Mayfield, Kentucky.
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J.W. Cleary - December 7, 2007
Berry Craig inverviews Gene Puckett, member of USW5-550. Cleary, president of the Paducah Chapter of the NAACP, brings an interesting perspective to union issues.
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Gene Puckett - November 30, 2007
Berry interviews Gene Puckett, retired UAW organizer.
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Labor Day Parade - August 17, 2007
Berry previews the Paducah Labor Day Parade.
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Glenn Dowdy - September 29, 2006
Berry discusses union issues with Glenn Dowdy.
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