Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on “Corporate Inversion”

July 22, 2014   Let’s call “corporate inversion” for what it is: a gaping, unpatriotic tax loophole. It’s time for Congress to close it and end this outrageous practice.   In recent months, corporations have exploited this tax dodging loophole … Continue reading

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“Stop Closing SSA Field Offices and Cutting Vital Services!”

Over the last few years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has seen its budget drastically cut by Congress, resulting in 11,000 fewer staff to provide customer service to the roughly 25 million Americans who visited Field Offices in 2013. Today … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 23
Anarchist Alexand2014.07.21history-berkmaner Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what was, in effect, a suicide bomb, but it didn’t detonate – 1892

Northern Michigan copper miners strike for union recognition, higher wages and 8-hour day. By the time they threw in the towel the following April, 1,100 had been arrested on various charges and Western Federation of Miners President Charles Moyer had been shot, beaten and forced out of town – 1913

Aluminum Workers Int’l Union merges with The United Brick & Clay Workers of America to form Aluminum, Brick & Clay Workers – 1981

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Political Mobilization Class – July 24

Political Mobilizing: Labor Captain Program 
Thursday July 24th 4:30-5:00pm dinner; 5:00pm-8:00pm class 
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25 Hall – 4600 46th Ave Rock Island 
 
The University of Iowa Labor Center will build off of the initial success and structure of the QCFL’s Labor Captain 
Program, nicknamed “The Fallow Project” in honor of the late and great Dick Fallow, who envisioned that 
someday there would be a labor captain in every voting precinct in the QCFL’s jurisdiction. Attendees will be 
educated on what it takes to be an effective Labor Captain and why political and social issue engagement at the 
neighborhood level is needed to garner labor victories in the 2014 Election cycle and beyond. 
This is a very important educational opportunity for your activists. Let’s pack the class and get out members ready to build power for workers for years to come. Plus, we’ll have Adolph’s Taco Bar for dinner, so that should help with recruitment!
In Solidarity,

Dino Leone, President
Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
4600 46th Ave Suite #4
Rock Island, IL 61201
309-788-1303 (Illinois office)
309-738-6536 (United Way Labor Liaison)
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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Obama’s Executive Order Protecting Federal Employees from Gender Identity Discrimination


July 21, 2014

 

Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity.

It is wrong for any employer to discriminate against or fire a worker based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination in the workplace has no place in the United States. That’s why it’s difficult to believe that in many parts of the country, it’s legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

America’s unions and working families are dedicated to bringing fairness and dignity to the workplace—and will continue this work until every worker is treated with dignity and respect on the job.

We are proud to come together for a more just America.

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What New Iowans Contribute to the State Economy

What New Iowans Contribute to the State Economy EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By Heather Gibney and Peter S. Fisher July 2, 2014 IPP Policy Brief (14 pages, plus 2-page executive summary, PDF) Executive Summary (2 pages, PDF) News Release Immigrants are important … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Capitol Hill Event Puts Focus on Older Unemployed Workers On Wednesday, Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance, teamed up with several Members of Congress, the Center for Effective Government, and other advocacy organizations to draw attention to older unemployed … Continue reading

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Lee County Win Meetings

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22, we have two Lee County WIN Meetings : 4PM Fort Madison; 6PM Keoluk. Hope to see you there!

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Labor History

July 21 Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” – … Continue reading

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Play for Poker for a Good Cause

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, We need you and your fellow union members to come play poker on Arsenal Island for a very good cause.   Come and play to show your solidarity with our sisters and brothers of AFSCME 2371, … Continue reading

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Party with Patrick

Join Patrick Hughes as we make him listen to us talk about him at the

PARTY WITH PATRICK

Patrick Hughes and the Iowa City Federation of Labor are inviting you to party with Patrick:

Saturday, July 26th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

City Fed/CWJ Hall

940 S. Gilbert Court, Iowa City

This event is Patrick approved.

He will be arriving around 4:00.

There will be an open mic for BRIEF stories

  • THE GRILL WILL BE GOING – BRING A SIDE DISH IF YOU WANT
  • BEVERAGES WILL BE FLOWING!
  • THE MUSIC WILL BE PLAYING!
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Labor History

July 19 Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women’s Rights and call for women’s suffrage – 1848 (Public Speaking in Easy Steps: The women who spoke at the Women’s Rights Convention knew how … Continue reading

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Harkin scolds Branstad for not welcoming immigrant kids

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin scolded Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday, said the Republican governor’s stance against welcoming detained Central American children to Iowa is contrary to the state’s traditions.

“I am disappointed that Gov. Branstad has stated that we somehow shouldn’t take these kids,” Harkin, a Democrat, told Iowa reporters in his weekly conference call. “Why not? Why can’t we help protect these kids and open up our arms to them, help them here to keep them safe and give them every reasonable opportunity to apply for asylum?”

Harkin said Branstad’s stance is a departure from Republican Gov. Robert Ray’s decision to welcome thousands of Southeast Asian refugees to Iowa after the Vietnam War. “They were fleeing the terrible things that were happening to them in Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam, and we took them in and they have become a wonderful part of the Iowa community,” he added.

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Q & A: Unions in today’s world with Hawkeye Labor Council executive director

The Hawkeye Labor Council is the AFL-CIO umbrella organization for unions in Linn, Iowa, Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Delaware and Jones counties. The concept of the council is that unions can accomplish more working together to promote social and economic justice … Continue reading

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Labor History

2014.07.14history-sc-hospital-strikeJuly 18
The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. – 1883

Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike – 1919

Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. – 1969

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Hatch proposes “Coalition of Mercy” for immigrant kids

State Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday he is calling upon Gov. Terry Branstad to join him in an “Iowa Coalition of Mercy” to help stop a humanitarian crisis on the nation’s southwest border.

Hatch said Iowans should determine what resources they can provide to keep the children safe and healthy.

“This could include housing the children here, or providing food, medicine and supplies to other locations. Iowans care,” Hatch said.

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Demand T-Mobile stop hurting working familes

I was on my way to work at the T-Mobile call center in Brownsville, Texas, when I got some bad news. My co-workers and I soon would be out of jobs because T-Mobile had decided to ship our jobs offshore. … Continue reading

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Film Showing in Tipton Iowa

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  The Hand That Feeds follows a dramatic story of Latino immigrant restaurant workers organizing in New York City. The film will be screening in Iowa on August 2nd at the Hardacre Film Festival. Last month, The Hand That Feeds … Continue reading

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Please join us for the monthly meeting of the Iowa City Federation of Labor

This Thursday, July 17
6:00 pm
940 S. Gilbert Court
 
Delegates, union members and friends of Labor are encouraged to attend.
Also, if you are a delegate from an organization affiliated with the Iowa City Federation of Labor please bring or send the following if possible:
  • Delegates list for your Local
  • Contact info for your Local
See you Thursday!
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For Many Iowa Kids, Hunger Doesn’t Take Summer Vacation

John Michaelson, Public News Service-IA http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-16/hunger-food-nutrition/for-many-iowa-kids-hunger-doesnt-take-summer-vacation/a40568-1 Join the discussion: facebook.com/PublicNewsService  Twitter: @pns_news  @pns_IA (07/16/14) DES MOINES, Iowa – For thousands of low-income families in Iowa, summer vacation is a time of increased hunger, as children don’t have school meals to rely on. … Continue reading

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