Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Vote by American Airlines and US Airways Workers

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  September 16, 2014   “Today, thousands of workers embraced a union future. The hardworking men and women of American Airlines and US Airways voted for union representation and a legally binding contract. Their collective skill has built successful airlines, … Continue reading

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Quad Cities Phone Bank

September 17: Quad Cities – Wed. : Phone Bank @ UA Hall 5-8PM Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196

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Gap between high and low income households grows

DES MOINES | Job growth in the retail and service sector has not matched the wages of manufacturing and other middle-skill level jobs lost over the last decade in Iowa. That’s according to a new report by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach rural sociologist David Peters.

The difference, Peters notes, has contributed to a growing disparity between low and high income households, which is especially profound in specific parts of the state. Inequality in Iowa is below the national average, but the rate of polarization has outpaced the national level, he added.

Peters said he analyzed 40 years of data from the U.S. Census Bureau to identify trends in income distribution and the potential impact on Iowa. During that time frame, he said, inequality grew faster in metropolitan areas and smaller cities, which is largely driven by growth in low-wage service positions in contrast to high-end professional and financial service jobs. “The bottom earners have really taken a hit, especially since the last recession, and that’s what is driving inequality,” Peters said. “The wage replacement for people who are laid off from middle-skilled, middle-wage jobs is much lower. They’re not able to recoup those wages and that’s where you see falling incomes.”

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The Sisters Are Back in Town

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-koch-sisters/the-sisters-are-back-in-t_b_5829462.html ‘The Koch Sisters’ So not related to those guys   Look out Washington, D.C. the Koch Sisters are back in town! We are so excited to be back in our nation’s capital and continuing in our fight to stand up … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 17 Seventy-five workers die in explosion at Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburgh, Pa. – 1862 At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony calls for the formation of a Working Women’s Association. As a delegate to … Continue reading

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Braley calls on Democrats to get out and vote

INDIANOLA, Iowa — With more than 10,000 friendly faces watching in a field in rural Indianola, Bruce Braley made a call to action and his case as a candidate.

Saying there is a “clear choice” in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race, the Democratic congressman from Waterloo contrasted himself against his opponent, Republican state senator Joni Ernst, during his address at Sunday’s 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry.

Braley then called on the crowd to get involved by knocking on doors and making phone calls to ensure Democrats vote in this year’s midterm election.

“Never give up. Never give in. Fight for every single vote you can find. Let’s get to work,” Braley implored the crowd.

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Wanted: More ways into middle class

Millions of young people have headed to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.

It shouldn’t be.

For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years, if not decades, to pay off.

And too many of them can’t find good jobs when they graduate, in any event. So they have to settle for jobs that don’t require four years of college. They end up overqualified for the work they do, and underwhelmed by it.

Others drop out of college because they’re either unprepared or unsuited for a four-year liberal arts curriculum. When they leave, they feel like failures.

We need to open other gateways to the middle class.

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‘We the People’ need to be we the voters in ’14

This week, Network’s Nuns on the Bus are back in Iowa on a shiny new bus to launch a campaign against big money’s capacity to distort — even destroy — our nation’s democratic principles.

Some pundits have already dubbed our new “Nuns on the Bus” journey “Nuns vs. the Koch Brothers.” But our bus ride is about something far bigger than that.

We all know that wealth and income disparities in our nation have grown tremendously in recent years. Those who are poor have grown proportionally poorer, and those with the greatest wealth have grown far richer.

As if that weren’t bad enough, we now have billions of dollars pouring into election campaigns from people and corporations at the top of the wealth ladder, mangling our democratic ideals. Huge amounts are “donated” in order to elect candidates friendly to the interests of the donors. And the donors aren’t even required to disclose who they are. Common Cause, a watchdog group, calls our current system of financing political campaigns “a system of legalized bribery.”

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Robert Reich Calls Out Harvard Business School for Its Role in Widening Inequality

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 No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni showed them far more hopeful about the future competitiveness of American firms than about the future of American workers

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Quad Cities Phone Banking

September 17: Quad Cities – Wed. : Phone Bank @ UA Hall 5-8PM Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196

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Nuns on the Bus Rallies

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Progress Iowa is holding a Nuns on the Bus Rally for the 100% in Des Moines on Wednesday, September 17th at 10:30 am at the State Capitol (West Capitol Terrace). These inspiring nuns will be kicking … Continue reading

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Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka 2014 Missouri AFL-CIO Convention

St. Louis, Missouri September 15, 2014   Thank you, Brother Mike [Louis]… for that warm introduction … and I want to thank you for inviting me to your convention … It’s great to be here in St. Louis—and I’m grateful … Continue reading

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In accepting tributes, Harkin asks one more election favor

INDIANOLA — It was Sen. Tom Harkin’s party, but he also was the guest of honor as speaker after speaker praised and thanked him for 40 years of service in Congress.

The Iowa Democrat, who will retire from the U.S. Senate in January, joked that the crowd at the National Balloon Classic grounds near Indianola was so big Sarah Palin could see it from Wasilla, Alaska.

“It’s a hell of a crowd and they all came to see me,” he teased his guest, many wearing “Ready for Hillary” T-shirts, stickers and pins. “Who am I kidding?”

There was no kidding in the heartfelt thanks from his guests, including Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

“I’m here, more than anything else,” President Clinton said, “because the shining life of Tom Harkin and Ruth proves that politics can be a noble profession, that good things can come from tough elections, that people who disagree can get together, work together, find common ground.”

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ARA Update

Seniors Increasingly Struggle to Pay Back Educational Loans Watsonville, California resident Rosemary Anderson testified in Washington on Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee’s hearing on older Americans and student loan debt. “Some may think of student loan debt as just … Continue reading

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History Archived: Saving Stories of Iowa Veterans

September 15, 2014 – John Michaelson, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: Stories of Iowa veterans will be saved for future generations to hear, as the Veterans History Project makes a stop at the Newton DMACC … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 15 Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa., strike for a 10-hour day. The next day, male trade unionists become the first male auxiliary when they gather to protect the women from police attacks. The strike … Continue reading

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Volunteers Needed for Labor 2014

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With low voter turnout expected this November, it is critical that union members and our families go to the polls and vote this year. A large percentage of union members in Iowa are registered to vote, yet in the last … Continue reading

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Trumka: Workers are ‘confused, angry, frustrated and scared’

September 8, 2014 by admin in Labor News From Our Region with 0 Comments AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Las Vegas (PAI) – The stagnation of workers’ wages and declining benefits for the last 40 years, and the Great Recession piled … Continue reading

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What’s Like to be a Correctional Officer in Iowa

This is an interview I gave for the Iowa Legislative Services Agency on what its like to be a correctional officer in Iowa’s prison system. Check it out by clicking on the link below. Marty Hathaway

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/publications/fiscal/fiscalOneOnOne

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Statement by President Richard Trumka on the anniversary of September 11th

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(Washington, DC, September 11, 2014) – Today we mark the 13th anniversary of September 11th. As we honor the memories of the lives that were lost that day, we should also remember the thousands of people who are still suffering. … Continue reading

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