IFL 2016 Convention

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 The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO has blocked rooms at Prairie Meadows Hotel attached to the Convention Hall. ALL ROOM RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY BY THE DELEGATES Book Reservations by Phone or Online Prairie Meadows Hotel (515) 957-3000 or … Continue reading

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Americans with Disabilities Act Enhanced Workplaces Nationwide

adaStatement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as we celebrate ADA Awareness month and this week’s 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act:

 The passage of the ADA was a pivotal milestone in ensuring that everyone receives appropriate access to places such as schools, parks and workplaces. It literally opened the doors for people with disabilities to thrive at the workplace. The AFL-CIO is a better place to work because of our diverse staff. We will continue to fight for inclusion for people with disabilities who enrich our work with their unique perspectives.

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Labor History

July 29 The Coast Seamen’s Union merges with the Steamship Sailors’ Union to form the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific – 1891 A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones’ March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home … Continue reading

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The Board of the Hawkeye Area Labor Council

13719699_1228554020488153_2791834522287851095_oNew Hawkeye Area Labor Council AFL-CIO board memberers sworn in by Ken Sagar ,President Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO .
Kelly Steinke NALC373, Cal Eckhoff IAMAW1728,Jerry Hageman CWA7108,Jeff Cooling IBEW405,Jess Macal IBEW1362,Randy Sconyers SMW263, Ben Rhodes IAMAW1526,Bob Doubek UBC308,Scott Smith IUPAT447,Nate Willems AFT716,Andriy Lapitskyy IBEW405 &NUHAWK,Rick Becker SMW263,Mike Sadler UA125,Matt Fischer IBEW204,Bill Barnes Roofers182, Pat Loeffler UBC308, NALC512,Lon Kammeyer ATU,& ARA.
Not Shown- Barb Oelberg CWA 7170, Gerald Miller IAMAW112,Janette Rompot APWU451,John Padget IBEW288,David Allison IBEW1634, Mary Burke SEIU199,Wayne Clymer AFSCME620, Steve Peterson UA125, Randy Meyer AFSCME 2998.

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Labor History

July 27
William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, died – 1869

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 to help form and lead the militant Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union for more than 40 years – 1901

A strike by Paterson, N.J., silk workers for an 8-hour day, improved working conditions ends after six months, with the workers’ demands unmet. During the course of the strike, approximately 1,800 strikers were arrested, including Wobbly leaders Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn – 1913

Federal troops burn the shantytown built near the U.S. Capitol by thousands of unemployed WWI veterans, camping there to demand a bonus they had been promised but never received – 1932

Nine miners are rescued in Sommerset, Pa., after being trapped for 77 hours 240 feet underground in the flooded Quecreek Mine – 2002

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She’s With Us: Congratulations Hillary Clinton

hillary flagThe working people of the AFL-CIO proudly congratulate Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee of a major party.

After the historic roll call tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, AFL-CIO officers shared their congratulations:

Clinton said labor will always have a champion in the White House and a seat at the table if she is president. Clinton stands with working people and believes unions are critical to providing safe, good-paying jobs for people to provide for their families.

She has a strong history advocating for working families. Clinton believes that paid family leave, earned sick days, fair schedules, equal pay for women and quality affordable child care are critical for working families in today’s economy.

Are you with Clinton on building an economy of shared prosperity for all? Join us .

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Trump tries to hide lies by banning press, labor leader says – The Iowa Daily Democrat

trumka unionDES MOINES, Iowa – A top labor leader has launched a blistering assault on Republican nominee Donald Trump, signaling the opening of what is shaping as a fall campaign that will resemble a brawl.

“Seventy-eight percent of the factual claims made by presidential candidate Donald Trump that were checked by nonpartisan Politifact were ‘mostly false’ or worse,” said Richard Trumka, president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO. “The report, issued on June 29, rated more of Trump’s statements ‘pants on fire’ than those of all other candidates combined.” Trumka’s statement was issued via an editorial in The Nation.

Trumka said Trump is working overtime to make sure his deceptions aren’t made public by putting sharp limits on the press coverage he allows of his campaign.

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The Iowa Federation of Labor will be holding political action trainings to prepare activists for the 2016 Election.

labor 16July 27 Waterloo – UAW Local 838 – 6 PM

August 2 Des Moines, 2000 Walker 6 PM

August 19 Rock Island Local 25 Hall 9 am

August 20 Bettendorf USW Local 105 Hall 9 am

August 22 Rock Island Local 25 Hall 5 pm
This training is intended to prepare labor activists for the 2016 Labor to Labor Political Program. Attendees will learn:
Labor 2016 Program
Messaging and our candidates
Canvas practice
Running an effective worksite program

RSVP for Waterloo and Des Moines – ben@iowaaflcio.org

RSVP for Quad City – solidarity@quadcityfed.com

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Documents referenced in Iowa Senate Youtube videos

Documents referenced in Iowa Senate Youtube videos Home Link: http://bit.ly/Documents-referenced-in-Iowa-Senate-Youtube-videos Documents are in reverse chronological order. You may need to download documents (right click) and then open them.  If you have problems accessing these documents, contact sdc.secretary@legis.iowa.gov or call 515-281-6965. July … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate committee meets tomorrow on Medicaid privatization problems Tuesday, July 26

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Iowa Senate committee meets tomorrow on Medicaid privatization problems   Tuesday, July 26 10 AM – Room 116   DES MOINES — On Tuesday, July 26, the Senate Human Resources Committee will hold a meeting on problems with Iowa Medicaid … Continue reading

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Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization

Fewer Services, Rising Costs Cited in New Provider Survey   DES MOINES – A new survey released today finds Iowa Medicaid providers are still struggling under Governor Branstad’s privatization plan, which began earlier this year.  Providers said the privatization plan … Continue reading

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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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Editorial: Trump’s plan to save America is based on fear

trump anti unionFear is a powerful motivator.

No one understands that better than Donald Trump, who has took the stage at Thursday’s Republican National Convention to cast himself not as the most capable and qualified person to lead the country, but as America’s savior.

What else could he do, really?

In almost every respect, Trump is wholly unqualified to lead America and the free world. He has never been elected to office; he lacks a basic understanding of world affairs; he doesn’t have the temperament to deal with members of his own party, let alone leaders of other nations; and he lacks the judgment required of anyone who has access to nuclear launch codes.

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Sign the Pledge: I’ll Volunteer to Stop Trump from Winning in November

sign pledge stop trumpIf we don’t do everything we can now, we might wake up the day after Election Day and find that Donald Trump is our next president and extremist Republicans still control the U.S. Senate. Trump has a clear record of outsourcing and being a union-busting businessman who only cares about himself—and not working people.

He’s said that wages are “too high” and has voiced support for dangerous and unnecessary “right to work” laws. He profits from companies that outsource jobs and he produces his products—like Trump-branded dress shirts—overseas.

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Transgender prison nurse files discrimination complaint against Iowa Department of Corrections | The Gazette

jesseA transgender nurse at the state women’s prison in Mitchellville has filed a civil rights complaint against the Iowa Department of Corrections alleging the agency won’t let him use the men’s restroom and locker room.

Jesse Vroegh, 34, who has worked for the Corrections Department since 2009, also asserts in the complaint filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission that the state violated his rights by not providing insurance that covers breast removal surgery.

Vroegh, accompanied by his wife, Jackie, spoke to reporters at a news conference Thursday in Des Moines. He described telling his supervisors at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in March 2014 he was transitioning to living as a man at work.

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Labor History

July 23
Anarchist Alexander 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

July 24
The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA’s agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in Vietnam. It disbanded after four years following the death of UAW President Walter Reuther – 1968
(All Labor Has Dignity: People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. He fought throughout his life to connect the labor and civil rights movements, envisioning them as twin pillars for social reform.)

The U.S. minimum wage increased to $6.55 per hour today. The original minimum, set in 1938 by the Fair Labor Standards Act, was 25¢ per hour – 2008

U.S. minimum wage rose to $7.25 per hour, up from $6.55 – 2009

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The Fake Grassley

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Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it. But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to … Continue reading

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Iowa GOP in Cleveland dreams of a Senate grab

iowa flag shape of iowaCLEVELAND — Talk to Iowa’s Republican convention delegation about their presidential nominee, and you might get a smattering of applause. But mention bright prospects for the Iowa GOP taking over the state Senate, and you might get a standing ovation.

Republicans in Iowa control the governor’s office and the Iowa House. The Senate, however, has been in split or full Democratic control for more than a decade. Democrats currently hold a 26-23-1 majority after Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyedan left the GOP in protest rather than jump board the Trump train.

In event after event this week there was talk of taking the Legislature and removing Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal from his post at the Senate gate.

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Labor History

July 22
Newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declare victory after the city’s breweries give in to their demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere (they had typically been required to live in the breweries), a 10-hour day, 6-day week, and a board of arbitration – 1886
(From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook is a no-nonsense tool from veteran labor organizer and educator Bill Barry. He looks to his own vast experience to document and help organizers through all the stages of a unionization campaign, from how to get it off the ground to how to bring it home with a signed contract and a strong bargaining unit.)

A bomb was set off during a “Preparedness Day” parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40 more. Tom Mooney, a labor organizer, and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later – 1916

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Today’s Labor Quote: Walter Reuther

Touring a new highly-automated factory, Henry Ford II asked the auto workers president “Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues?”
Reuther replied: “Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?”

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