You can Vote Now!

vote your vote counts 2Go to the Iowa Secretary of State web page to find locations where you can vote at right now, and/or apply for an absentee ballot.

Click here to go to the SOS web page

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Kansas City, MO. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers safety tips to residents returning to check on flood damaged property and encourage them to file flood insurance claims. Potential health/safety hazards after a … Continue reading

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Early Vote

105-lillyAmber st clair, Jeff Hartford and Donnie Pearson, USW 105 members, at the Early Vote GOTV event this morning in Davenport with Lilly Ledbetter

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Grinnell student employees approve union contract

union yesFood service employees at a Iowa liberal arts college voted Tuesday whether to make their six-month-old union one of the few unions for undergraduate employees in the country to ratify a contract with a private college or university.

The Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers announced Monday that it had reached a tentative agreement with Grinnell College administrators after nearly four months of bargaining over an initial contract for students working in the college’s food services.

Members approved the tentative agreement Tuesday night by a vote of 33 to 1.


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And the next president is….


union-proud-and-voteIf we follow the logic of how elections work, either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will be the next POTUS. Yes, I know that there are other candidates in the race. There are ideologically “pure” candidates out there who may align with your individual vision of the “perfect” candidate. And if you believe your vote is for the perfect candidate is more important than a vote to protect the future of this country, by all means, vote for your perfect candidate, it worked so well in 2000 with the Nader vote and the subsequent EIGHT years of G. W. Bush.

That “pure” vote lead to multiple wars, massive deficits, and a near meltdown of the entire world’s economy. We are still struggling to get out of those quagmires and rebuild our econony.

We clearly have a choice to make. I choose to vote for Hillary Clinton. I choose to vote to protect the rights of working people, to protect our union rights, to protect the working peoples’ rights with the nomination to life-time federal court positions.

I believe you have a choice to make too.

Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor

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Rock Against The TPP

rock-against-tpp-flyer-iowa-cityThis Thursday at 5pm on the Iowa City Ped Mall (Black Hawk Mini-Park) come join a coalition of labor, community, and environmental groups who are taking a stand against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a toxic trade deal that gives corporations even more power at the expense of workers’ rights, the environment, access to medicines, and food safety. Like NAFTA, it undermines democracy by allowing corporations to sue governments when democratically-established laws interfere with foreign investors’ profit margins.  This isn’t just a bad deal for U.S. workers – people in Asia, Australia, and Latin America have staged huge protests against the TPP for putting profits before people.
We’re going to Rock Against the TPP on Thursday – you should join us! There will be music by Matthew Grimm, speakers, and a skit about the dangers of the TPP. Have fun, speak out, and make a difference this Thursday.
What:  Rock Against The TPP
When:  Thursday, September 29, 5:00 pm
Where:  North end of Iowa City Ped Mall (Black Hawk Mini-Park)
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ACTION ALERT – Stop Attack on New Overtime Regulations

overtime 5 millionThe U.S. Department of Labor’s new Overtime Regulations are under attack.  H.R. 6094, a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Tim Walberg (MI), is meant to delay by six months the implementation of the new regulations which are due to begin December 1, 2016.  The only rationale for delaying the overtime rule is to give the next Congress time to kill the rule altogether, robbing millions of workers of the opportunity to earn more pay or spend more time with their families.

A vote on the bill will take place this week so we urge you to contact your members of the U.S. House, particularly Democratic representatives, NOW and ask them to oppose H.R. 6094.

As background, attached is a letter to members of the U.S. House from Bill Samuel, Director of the AFL-CIO Government Affairs Department.

Please call your Democratic representatives via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or directly at their office number listed here:

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Women of Labor Event with Lilly Ledbetter

lilly-ledbetterI’m reaching out to let you know about a unique opportunity on Wednesday morning. I know many of us will be at work, but in case it works with your schedule, I hope to see you there!

WHAT: Women of Labor Event with Lilly Ledbetter

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28th at 10:15 AM

WHERE: Java Joe’s: 214 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

WHY: Lilly Ledbetter will be leading a Women of Labor event to talk about workplace issues and how important Hillary Clinton’s advocacy for equal pay, paid family leave, and increasing the minimum wage is to working women and their families.

Click here to RSVP.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President

AFSCME Iowa Council 61


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Black Women Voters Are the Key to Electing Hillary Clinton President

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AFL-CIO data reveals Black women voters are pivotal voting bloc in 2016 election  (View the report here.)  (Washington, DC, September 27, 2016) – Today on a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the First 2016 Presidential Debate

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The influential power of working people was clear last night when the first question and focal point of the debate was on wages and economic inequality. For more than a year, working people have established a raising wages agenda to … Continue reading

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Labor History


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The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies – 1864

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Election Activity This Week

September 28: : Election 2016 Phone Calling. Wednesday, September 21: 5 – 8 PM at UFCW 431 Hall: 2411 W. Central Park Ave, Davenport. Tracey Leone

October 1:  Doors and Phones – Des Moines. IFL 2000 Walker Suite A. 10 – 4. 515-262-9571. Ben Murry & Betty Brim-Hunter

October 1: Labor Walk – Waterloo. 10 – 4 Black Hawk Labor Temple, 1695 Burton Ave. Office #8.  319-939-2127. Ryan O’Leary

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Terry Branstad’s War On Workers – Iowa Starting Line

terry-branstad-5-350x245Terry Branstad joined the Tea Party with his reelection. It is apparent that his relentless effort to scale back government has a hidden agenda—not to keep public spending under control, but to move state dollars from the pockets of state workers to big business.

A recent Des Moines Editorial, “Corporate Welfare Run Amok,” cited a litany of egregious examples of state tax giveaways to companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. 186 Iowa companies received Research Activities Credits totaling over $42 million in 2015.

“The vast majority of this money isn’t going to small start-ups but to larger, highly profitable companies that already spend millions on research as a cost of doing business,” the editorial stated.

The top three: Rockwell Collins who reported $686 million in profits, Deere & Co which posted $1.9 billion in profits and DuPont who claimed $2 billion in profits. Kraft Heinz received $4.74 million as a reward for eliminating 475 out of its 1,400 workers at a bologna plant in Davenport. Gosh, now Terry is funding big business to cut jobs too!


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Flood Information

As many of you know, The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for communities along the Cedar River including Black Hawk, Linn, Benton, Mitchell, and Bremer Counties. Many communities across northeast Iowa are already experiencing heavy flooding. Local and … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 26 The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers.  Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to … Continue reading

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Eastern Iowa Flooding

cedar-rapids-floodingAs you are all aware many of our communities are working non- stop to prepare for the forecasted flood.  To receive help please call the United Way @ 211. Simply dial 211.

If you would like to volunteer, please do the same and call 211.  We have some members working now at New Bo, Czech Town and Ellis Park sandbagging.

In solidarity,

Rick Moyle

Executive Director

Hawkeye Area Labor Council AFL-CIO

1211 Wiley Boulevard SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404



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AFL-CIO Working for America Institute Receives $1.37 Million in Apprenticeship Expansion Contract from DOL

(Washington, DC, September 23, 2016) The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has awarded AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) a $1.37 million contract to expand multi-employer apprenticeship programs in two important sectors with potential for job growth – … Continue reading

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Worker Wins Update: Groundbreaking Contract Victories in Multiple Industries

(Washington, DC, September 22, 2016) When working people come together and win the contracts, it proves that our raising wages agenda drives economic stability. Working people across the country are creating better lives for themselves and turning those workplace victories … Continue reading

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