Please see below talking points and message from EVP Gebre’s office re: the United Way and Guild issue.

Many of you have heard about an anti-union campaign that United Way Worldwide conducted at its Alexandria VA headquarters.   In the last week,  leaders of The Newspaper Guild/CWA have been in discussions with top management at United Way to reach a resolution related to that  specific campaign.  At the same time, the national Labor leaders who are  members of the United Way Board  have expressed their anger and concern directly to top management at United Way Worldwide and are meeting with United Way next week to  address  this issue  broadly.  We will provide updated information as soon as those meetings and any resolutions are reached.

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Iowa JobWatch: Conflicting signals in Iowa jobs April setback in nonfarm jobs, but unemployment rate also falls

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs dropped for the first time in seven months, by 1,700 in April, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate fell … Continue reading

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New Rules for Overtime

The AFL-CIO has serious concern for millions of workers suffering from grossly outdated federal overtime regulations. President Obama and his Administration have been working hard at finding a practical solution and in the coming weeks, the Department of Labor is … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 29
Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the feature as clowns who go to “hit the big boss for a raise” – 1941

A contract between the United Mine Workers and the U.S. government establishes one of the nation’s first union medical and pension plans, the multi-employer UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund – 1946

The United Farm Workers of America reaches agreement with Bruce Church Inc. on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system – 1996

UAW members at General Motors accept major contract concessions in return for 17.5 percent stake in the financially struggling company – 2009

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Stop TPP Rally in front of Congressman Young’s Office

Click here to view photos from today’s TPP rally in front of Iowa Congressman David Young’s Des Moines office. May 27, 2015IMG_5059

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Worker Wins Organizing Update: Organizing Efforts Pay Off in Big Spring for Workers

May 27, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – Workers have stood up in the face of low wages and unacceptable conditions to organize new workplaces. Below are some recent major organizing wins:   Philadelphia Charter School Teachers Organize with AFT: Teachers and … Continue reading

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Education is at heart of legislative stalemate

school bus 2Recent news about the Iowa Legislature has focused on when we will adjourn. However, what matters more to Iowa families are the disagreements preventing adjournment.

The most important disagreement is education funding, something that directly affects economic prosperity.

Iowa’s families depend on educational opportunity. Education is the primary tool we have to give our children and grandchildren a leg up in life.

Investing in education is also key to building a stronger Iowa economy. Iowa’s schools help make Iowa’s workers among the nation’s most productive.

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Highway Robbery

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May 22, 2015 | by Tracy Leone George W. Bush’s presidency is among the most destructive and corrupt of any American Presidency. Beginning with the stolen election, Dubya led the country into two, practically unilateral and illegal wars while pulling … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 28
The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York – 1835

Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot. They were on their lunch break, but management thought the dance too racy – 1912

2015.05.25 history rochester.gen.strikeAt least 30,000 workers in Rochester, N.Y., participate in a general strike in support of municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union – 1946

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Editorial: Contact Obama administration to stop plan to privatize Medicaid

medicare for allMedicaid provides health insurance to about 500,000 Iowans. For decades, the government program has been operated by the state, which is not beholden to shareholders. Spending has been held down by reducing fraud, paying lower reimbursements to providers and giving seniors alternatives to expensive nursing homes. On average, the annual cost to insure an Iowan with Medicaid is significantly less than insuring an individual with private coverage.

Yet Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking to hand over administration of the huge health insurance program to for-profit managed care companies. With $4.2 billion on the line, businesses are salivating at the idea of landing one of these contracts with the state.

Meanwhile, none of this makes sense to Iowans. Privatizing Medicaid will increase administrative costs as much as 300 percent. That is money not spent on actual health care. Iowans are worried about reductions in services, access to records and oversight of the private companies. A U.S. House of Representatives report found managed care organizations fail to report Medicaid fraud to state investigators, likely because they have no financial incentive to do so.

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New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end … Continue reading

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The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, I voted to provide … Continue reading

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Elected officials should work for we the people.

Šî–{ RGBElected officials should work for we the people. That’s why Congressman David Young should vote no on Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

And, that’s why we need you to join us on Wednesday, May 27 to tell Rep. David Young to vote no on Fast Track and represent we the people.

Here’s what you need to know —

What: Rally outside of Rep. David Young’s Des Moines office

Who: CCI members, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Food and Water Watch, our allies in labor, and you!

When: Wednesday, May 27 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: 11 am CCI Office, 2001 Forest Ave., Des Moines, Ia. to carpool to Rep. Young’s Office OR 11:30 am Rally at Young’s office, 601 E. Locust, Des Moines, Ia.

RSVP: Call me at 515.282.0484 or reply to this email to let me know you’re coming.

The TPP is everything on corporate greed’s wish list and it’s up to us to stop it.

For a government that “Puts People First”,

Matthew
Fair Economy Organizer

Read more about the TPP here.

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Statement of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Fast Track Vote

“Sixty-two Senators today turned their backs on working families by voting for Fast Track.  This bill, which failed to address even one of our six criteria for creating a more democratic and transparent trade negotiating process, will undermine efforts to raise wages … Continue reading

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State Historical Society—Home to Iowa Labor History and Interview Collections—is in Danger

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The Labor Collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) form one of the most important labor history collections in the U.S. and represent the shared heritage of the Iowa labor movement going back over a century. Iowa union … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Medicare On Thursday, the Senate voted to end debate on giving President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be implemented without amendments. The House of Representatives Has … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 25 Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken – 1805 Philip Murray is born … Continue reading

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Branstad critics see irony in mental health proclamation

IMG_4906DES MOINES | Gov. Terry Branstad came under fire Thursday for signing a Mental Health Month proclamation while defending his plan to close two of the state’s four mental health institutions.

“Frankly, the governor signing this proclamation is laughable given his attacks on mental health providers and patients,” said Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa, a left-leaning policy advocacy group. Branstad is “pretending to be in favor of quality mental health care. It’s ridiculous.”

Sinovic delivered a petitions with more than 2,500 signatures from people opposed to the Branstad plan to close the mental health institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

Branstad didn’t see anything ironic about proclaiming Mental Health Month while trying to close mental health facilities.

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Working Families Summit Photos

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Disappointing Vote

“It is disappointing that the Senate decided to move ahead to consider the Fast Track bill that will cede congressional leverage to ensure that US trade deals, including the TPP, help rather than hurt America’s working families. We’ve seen the devastating cost of bad trade deals over the years so we know that Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority is not the way to ensure that the American public receives the full and thorough debate on the vast implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Working people are especially disappointed that several Democratic Senators voted to shut off debate and shut out workers despite assurances they would do the opposite. We’ll be closely watching the next 30 hours of debate, and although the bill now seems poised for eventual Senate passage, we are hopeful that some amendments can be made to reduce the harm it will cause.  We also look forward to consideration in the House, where this anti-worker legislation will have far less support.  If it dies in the House, we can proceed to a real effort to reform trade policy in ways that will benefit the whole US economy.”

 

-AFL-CIO Trade Policy Specialist Celeste Drakeshameful

 

 

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