Trumka: Secretary Lew Hit the Nail on the Head

July 28, 2014 Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said today that “our tax system should not reward U.S. companies for giving up their U.S. citizenship.” He’s right and his OpEd today hit the nail on the head. But it isn’t just … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports

  July 28th, 2014   Today’s reports from the Social Security and Medicare Trustees have good news for all Americans: Social Security and Medicare will be there for us and our families if elected leaders listen to the American people … Continue reading

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The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to Trustees reports issued today on the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds:

Statement by Retiree Leader Richard Fiesta on the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports Washington, DC – “The most important lesson from the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report is that Social Security has a large and growing surplus. Today’s … Continue reading

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Experts Worldwide Agree Pinnacle Missed the Mark

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Back in December, one of our members wrote an article for The Can Opener called ‘Pinnacle Misses the Mark with Lean Manufacturing’. The response from our readers was pretty positive but management unsurprisingly had little to say about it and … Continue reading

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ARA ALERT

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan Releases Anti-Poverty Proposal On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a new proposal to overhaul federal anti-poverty programs and shift more control to individual states. Under Ryan’s plan, most of the federal government’s anti-poverty … Continue reading

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Nagle proposes juvenile home be reopened for immigrant children

WATERLOO | Former Democratic congressman Dave Nagle wants to use the closed Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo to house the estimated 139 unaccompanied immigrant children who have come to Iowa from Central America.

“I’m saying we should reopen the juvenile home as a facility to temporarily house the immigrant children who are within our state,” said Nagle, a Waterloo-Cedar Falls area attorney. “The governor hasn’t tore it down. It has everything those kids would need.

“It’s got recreational facilities. … It’s got classrooms. It’s got beds. It’s got showers. It’s got a kitchen, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t offer it up as a place where they could reside at least temporarily while they’re placed.”

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Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity.

Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system.  In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the rapid closure of 3600 local post offices, a step toward the eventual closing of as many as 15,000, half of all post offices in the nation.

A groundswell of opposition erupted.  Citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key and sometimes defining role in their communities.  In December 2011, after Congress appeared ready to impose a six-month moratorium on closures USPS management voluntarily adopted a freeze of the same length.

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For immigration: if you break it, then you buy it

National political leaders seem intent on peering only into their electoral crystal balls — rather than their hearts, minds, or history books — for how to respond to the thousands of refugee children from Central America seeking safety in the U.S. Democrats and Republicans alike seem to be racing to beef up border security, to separate families more quickily and to deport thousands of kids as soon as possible.

U.S. labor organizations, including the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO, instead, have taken the position that comprehensive immigration reform is urgently needed and overdue. And frankly, we’re sick of people spinning fake solutions without acknowledging what caused the problem.

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Labor History

July 28 Women shoemakers in Lynn, Mass., create Daughters of St. Crispin, demand pay equal to that of men – 1869 Harry Bridges is born in Australia. He came to America as a sailor at age 19 and went on … Continue reading

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The Hand that Feeds at Hardacre Film Festival

I am contacting you on behalf of the documentary THE HAND THAT FEEDS (2014), which follows a dramatic story of Latino immigrant restaurant workers organizing in New York City. The film will be screening in Tipton, Iowa on August 2nd … Continue reading

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Solidarity Has No National Borders

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By Gunther W. Anderson UFCW 617 Illegal immigration is a subject that has risen and fallen in prominence in the United States, back and forth for decades. It seems as though we’ll go a few months where the topic is … Continue reading

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Walmart’s Newest Big Lie: Another Misleading Ad Campaign From a Job-Killing Behemoth

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Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, has a new ad campaign promising bold measures to promote good jobs in America. This would be exciting news for all of us – if only there were some substance to it. Many Americans remember … Continue reading

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Wage Theft Victories

Union workers have fought to have a voice in the workplace to raise standards and have won a binding grievance and arbitration procedure.  If we have an issue with our pay, we simply file a grievance.  Non union workers don’t … Continue reading

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Iowa Recognizes Advancements with 24th Anniversary of ADA

John Michaelson, Public News Service-IA http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-25/disabilities/iowa-recognizes-advancements-with-24th-anniversary-of-ada/a40731-1 Join the discussion: facebook.com/PublicNewsService  Twitter: @pns_news  @pns_IA (07/25/14) DES MOINES, Iowa – The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits … Continue reading

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Labor History

want more emphasis on organizing and less on electoral politics – 2005 July 26 In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the “Battle of the Viaduct” during the Great Railroad Strike – 1877 … Continue reading

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Clinton WIN Meeting

Reminder we will have our next Clinton WIN meeting Monday, July 28th at 7pm at the Clinton Labor Congress: 226 22nd Place

If there is anything you want added to the agenda, please let me know.

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Vilsacks at reception of Hatch/Vernon

Friends:

 Tomorrow at 6 PM-7 PM, Tom and Christie Vilsack will be attending a reception in support of the Hatch/Vernon campaign. 

 Jack wanted me to invite you to attend free of charge.

 The event will be held at the Wakonda Club at 3915 Fleur Drive in Des Moines. 

 If you can attend, please RSVP with Brenda Kole at brenda@jackhatch.com or by calling 515-282-8533.  Also, there is an opportunity to attend a small dinner with the Vilsack and Jack and Monica – Brenda can fill you on the details.

My apologies for the short notice, this has been a fast moving event.
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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on new Federal Workforce Legislation

July 24, 2014   The AFL-CIO applauds Congress for the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law by President Obama this week. The legislation is the final product of more than eleven years … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 5th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Increase

 

July 24, 2014

Today is a reminder of what is possible with just an ounce of political will.  If our leaders have the courage, they can lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. It’s a tragedy that workers have been trapped in a poverty-level minimum wage for five years. It must not go a day longer.

 

We are working harder than ever, while our wages are flat or falling. Over the past five years, the cost of living has continued to increase across the country, while the federal minimum wage has stayed flat. Raising the minimum wage is a critical and simple way to address a crucial underlying weakness in our economy. It will create jobs, grow our economy and increase the purchasing power of millions of workers.

 

The movement to raise wages is happening all around us. States are doing it. Cities, counties and little towns are doing it. Smart business owners are doing it. It’s time for Congress to get it done.

 

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Labor History

July 25 Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people … Continue reading

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