KDP Weekly Rundown #27

Friday, September 20, 2019

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. What are we focused on this week? The United Auto Workers strike, the ceremonial signing of a law to expand voting rights, and more!

UNITED AUTO WORKERS STRIKE

  • What’s happening?

Around 2,200 union workers from the United Auto Workers’ Local 31 Chapter in Kansas City, Kansas, walked off the job at General Motors’ Fairfax Assembly Plant at midnight Sunday as part of a nationwide strike for fair wages, better benefits, and greater job security.

Gov. Laura Kelly and Rep. Sharice Davids expressed support for the union workers. Rep. Davids boosted efforts by the Johnson County Democratic Party to collect non-perishable food items for protesting workers, and Gov. Kelly met with striking employees on Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Laura Kelly: “We need for you and them to get back together, negotiate a settlement and let you all get back to work.”

CEREMONIAL BILL SIGNING FOR VOTING ANYWHERE IN COUNTY

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly held a ceremonial bill signing in Wichita on Tuesday for Senate Bill 130, which allows Kansans to vote at any polling place in the county they’re registered to vote in. County election officers are additionally required to attempt to contact each voter who submits an advance ballot without a signature to make sure their vote is counted upon signing.

CEREMONIAL BILL SIGNING TO INCREASE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS

  • What’s happening?

Gov. Laura Kelly ceremonially signed the “AO-K to Work” Act to allow Kansans without high school diplomas who are currently working low-wage jobs to earn a high school equivalency that’s often required to work in industries such as aircraft manufacturing and health care. Kansans over 21 complete a qualifying exam to participate in technical college classes for a certificate instead of earning a GED or high school diploma equivalent and then further obtaining a technical certificate.

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