Iowa Federation of Labor Endorses Judge

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The Delegates at the 60th annual Iowa Federation of Labor Convention voted to endorse Patty Judge for U.S. Senate

After evaluating the candidates, we felt that Chuck Grassley’s obstruction of the  Judicial nomination is unacceptable to all Iowans.

Patty Judge is the best choice for union members in this election.

 

 

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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Makes Contracting System More Accountable

 

 

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Guidance and Regulations:

 

The AFL-CIO applauds the Administration for moving forward with regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. This measure will make our contracting system more fair and accountable, which is good for working families, law-abiding employers, and communities. Companies that receive taxpayer funded contracts should obey the law and respect their employees’ rights, and with today’s actions, the Administration has taken an important step in moving that common-sense principle forw

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Teaching & Research Assistants Win Major Victory After NLRB Ruling

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Graduate Workers Win to Unionize:

 

Today’s momentous decision by the NLRB marks a major victory for teaching and research assistants at Columbia University whose right to organize and form a union has been restored. This common sense decision will empower over 100,000 teaching and research assistants at other private institutions across the country, including Yale, Harvard, Cornell, and the New School whose teaching and research assistants are already organizing. These student workers often toil under unpredictable conditions while they teach undergraduates and provide the backbone work that sustains our world-class research laboratories.

 

Like all other working people, they deserve a say in determining their wages, benefits, and working conditions. The decision is also a win for working people everywhere who are challenging insecure working conditions in other industries. Working people are taking advantage of new and innovative ways to organize and engage in collective bargaining.

The labor movement will continue to stand by these student workers, and all working people, as together we ensure fairness in our economy.

 

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The fight for the VA is far from over.

union vetsThe fight for the VA is far from over. Greedy politicians and their corporate backers want nothing more than to destroy and privatize our VA. And privatization — that’s just a fancy word for saying “I want to let my billionaire buddies profit off the care of veterans.”

So, yeah, they’re not going to just stop going after us and the healthcare we earned.

Our friends over at VoteVets have just launched a new TV spot discussing this very issue.

The ad features Kevin Pannell, an Iraq War veteran who lost both of his legs in Iraq in a grenade ambush.

Pannell: “I deployed to Iraq in February of 2004. That 13 June while on foot patrol in Baghdad, my unit was ambushed.  I kept my promise to support and defend our country. The country also made a promise – that I’d be taken care of when I got home.  The men and women I served with count on the VA for care – just like I do.  But now, politicians are talking about breaking that promise… And leaving us to fight with greedy hospital corporations for the care that we earned.  Tell your lawmakers…veterans’ care is not for sale.”

The ad ends with a number for people to call, which will patch them through to their lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill.

I’m asking you: share this ad. Make that phone call.

Solidarity,
Will
Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO

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Labor History

August 24 The Gatling Gun Co.—manufacturers of an early machine gun—writes to B&O Railroad Co. President John W. Garrett during a strike, urging their product be purchased to deal with the “recent riotous disturbances around the country.” Says the company: … Continue reading

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A Minimum Wage Youth Exemption Would Hurt Polk County Workers & Undermine Responsible Employers

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Exempting teen workers from the minimum wage would hurt teen workers and their families, and would not address the decline in teen workforce participation – which has nothing to do with the minimum wage. Moreover, such an exemptions would offer … Continue reading

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Democrats, labor bash Trump ahead of Pence visit

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Donald Trump’s promise to run the country like he’s run his businesses “should scare everyone … because his economic record has left a trail of victims as he has made millions of dollars on the backs of others,” an Iowa labor leader said Monday.

Charlie Wishman, secretary-treasurer of the Iowa federation of Labor AFL-CIO, attacked Trump’s business record as well as his tax plans Monday morning ahead of a visit to Cedar Rapids by Trump running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Pence will take a plant tour and have a town-hall meeting at 3 p.m. at Modern Companies, 500 Walford Rd., Cedar Rapids.

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Our Country’s Criminal Justice System Should Not Be Profit-Driven

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Justice Disinvesting from private prisons:

 The labor movement applauds the Department of Justice for taking the necessary steps to end their use of private prisons. Privately run prisons have a long record of being less safe and providing fewer resources and opportunities than publicly run institutions.

Our criminal justice system can never be fair while there is money to be made in locking up individuals. The entire labor movement will continue to fight until all incarcerated people are treated with dignity and every man and woman who works inside a correctional facility is safe on the job.

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Deere to lay off 30 in Quad-Cities, 115 in Waterloo

deere combinesDeere informed employees today at two locations of plans to place approximately 145 production workers on indefinite layoff. The actions include Davenport Works and Waterloo Works.

At the Davenport Works, Deere informed employees that an indefinite layoff will affect approximately 30 employees with an effective date of September 30. At the Waterloo Works, Deere informed employees that an indefinite layoff will affect approximately 115 employees with an effective date of September 23.

In both cases, layoffs are determined by seniority. Deere continues to adjust the size of the company’s production workforce to meet market demand for products manufactured at each of its factories. Today’s actions are consistent with projections that were communicated when Deere announced its third quarter results on Friday. At that time company officials told analysts Waterloo production would be cut back 20 percent in the coming fourth quarter of the company fiscal year.

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Labor History

  August 22 Five flight attendants form the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were reacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and … Continue reading

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Teachers union strengthens schools

More than 20 years ago, I left the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education in my hand and optimism in my heart. I was going to make the world a better place, one student at a time.

iseaOne of the first moves I made was to become a member of the Iowa State Education Association.

For me, it wasn’t because of a discount on liability insurance. That’s what Drew Klein from Americans for Prosperity suggests in his Aug. 16 column in the Register.

For me, it was because the ISEA pushed for higher standards in teaching — they led the fight to require teachers have a two-year degree, and later, a four-year degree  — which means higher quality instruction for our students.

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Labor History

August 20
The Great Fire of 1910, a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut—claimed the lives of 78 firefighters over two days.  It is believed to be the largest, although not deadliest, fire in U.S. history – 1910

Deranged relief postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shoots and kills 14 coworkers, and wounds another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Okla., postal facility.  Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work.  The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal” – 1986

August 21
Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. – 1831

—Compiled and edited by David Prosten

Union Communication Services

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Hawkeye Area Labor Council Charity Golf Tournament

IMG_2163The tournament had 28 teams, 35 hole sponsors and raised $6,100 for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.

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IPP’s Peter Fisher to talk minimum wage issues in Linn County

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A public forum on a possible minimum wage increase in Linn County will be up for discussion Thursday evening in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Policy Project Research Director Peter Fisher, who has written extensively on the minimum wage issue, will join on the panel: Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers, local business owner Richard Pankey, and Sofia Mehaffey of Linn County’s minimum wage study group. Written questions will be accepted from the audience.
          When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18
          Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Beems Auditorium, 450 Fifth Ave. SE
Television: Live on KCRG Channel 9.2.
Cedar Rapids Gazette story

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Labor History

August 19 First edition of IWW Little Red Song Book published – 1909 Some 2,000 United Railroads streetcar service workers and supporters parade down San Francisco’s Market Street in support of pay demands and against the company’s anti-union policies. The strike failed … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Eugene Debs

“What can Labor do for itself? The answer is not difficult. Labor can organize, it can unify; it can consolidate its forces. This done, it can demand and command.”​

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One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing to Retire in December 2016

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[Des Moines]— One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing has announced she will retire in December 2016 after more than four years leading the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization and three decades of LGBT advocacy and … Continue reading

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Bridging the GAP-$4015

105 quilt 2016

Pictured left to right, Mike Nicholas, Mike Malmstrom, Pat Stock, Brad Greve, Jeff Hartford, Bart, Amber St.Clair and Jerry Porter

Shirts for the quilt donated by USW 105 members who care about our nations Veterans and especially our Quad-City area homeless veterans.

Bridging the Gap QCA is a not for profit organization that has several events each year. The biggest event is scheduled for this September 15th, 16th & 17th. This 3 day stand down is designed for the veterans to receive medical and dental exams along with the ability to learn about  food assistance ,  the Veterans Administration’s health care services, human services, legal aid, etc.

THANK YOU- USW 105 and all of the USW 105 committees-Next Gen, Civil & Human Rights. SOAR 11-4 & WOS for your help in making this a success.

Congratulation Dennis Johnson Quilt winner!! (USW 105 Member from the Plate Mill)

The photo from the Quilt raffle we did at USW local 105. Proud
to say we raised $4015 for the Homeless Vets Standown in September.

Damn Union THUGS!!!

Jeff Hartford, Staff Representive
United Steelworkers
District 11
563-370-2153

 

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Labor History

August 17 IWW War Trials in Chicago, 95 go to prison for up to 20 years – 1918 Bakery & Confectionery Workers Int’l Union of America merges with Tobacco Workers Int’l Union to become Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers – … Continue reading

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Three unions go on strike at IAAP

iamMIDDLETOWN — Three unions rejected a contract Sunday with American Ordnance LLC and two unions went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown.

Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1010, Teamsters Local 238 and Operating Engineers Local 150 failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. The collective bargaining agreement contracts ended at midnight Monday. The Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1010 and Teamsters Local 238 went on strike, while Operating Engineers Local 150 did not. The three unions were meeting Tuesday morning with American Ordnance officials.

“There are a few sticking points,” said Scott Webster, business agent for Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1010.

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