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February 5th

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Dubuque Federation of Labor Working Iowa Neighbors’ WIN Committee Hosts Peosta Legislative Forum Saturday, February 24th

     Peosta, IA – The Dubuque Federation of Labor Working Iowa Neighbors’ Committee has a strong commitment to better the working class through political and community action. We are a group of active labor union members and community leaders whose … Continue reading

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Statehouse Update, January 22 

We’re just starting Week 3 of the Iowa Legislature.  At the bottom of this email, you’ll find the list of bills we are watching this year and where they stand right now in the legislative process.  Here’s quick update on … Continue reading

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Here Are the 10 Worst Attacks on Workers From Trump’s First Year

January 20th marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Since taking office, President Trump has overseen a string of policies that will harm working people and benefit corporations and the rich. Here we present a list of the 10 … Continue reading

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Seniors and the Disabled are the Victims of GOP’s Inability to Govern

 Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the government shutdown: “For Republicans to be unable to pass a bill to fund the government when they control the House, the Senate, and the White House … Continue reading

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‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions

TULSA — Tom Coomer has retired twice: once when he was 65, and then several years ago. Each time he realized that with just a Social Security check, “You can hardly make it these days.” So here he is at 79, … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO and Broad Coalition File Amicus Briefs in Janus v. AFSCME

(Washington, DC, Jan. 19, 2018) — Today, the AFL-CIO joined unions, public and private employers, elected officials from both parties, religious organizations, academics and civil rights organizations filing amicus briefs in Janus v. AFSCME, defending working people’s right to effectively organize and negotiate. … Continue reading

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Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security

IPERS Kim Reynolds and Republican leadership have signaled they may tackle IPERS this legislative session. They have already brought in the Reason Foundation, another Koch Brothers funded group, to give false fears on Iowa’s pension system. Although some legislators have … Continue reading

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IOWA WOMEN DEFIANT AT WOMEN’S MARCH: THE SPEECHES, SIGHTS AND SIGNS

Des Moines Register article on Women’s March 2018 On a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, one year to the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, close to 10,000 people gathered outside the Iowa State Capitol building for this year’s Women’s March. … Continue reading

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Failure to Govern Hurts Working People

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the government shut down: When Washington politicians fail to govern, it’s working families across America who pay the price. Shutting down our government cripples our country and denies federal employees from earning a … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Terence V. Powderly “Give men shorter hours in which to labor, and you give them more time to study and learn why bread is so scarce while wheat is so plenty.” Powderly (left) was a leader of … Continue reading

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BLS Union Data Shows Working People on the Rise

(Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018) — Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, … Continue reading

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March this Saturday!

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We’re marching on January 20, 2018 and we’re asking you to join us! On the anniversary weekend of the historic 2017 Women’s March worldwide, we’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa Sate Capitol. This is not a re-enactment of last … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Pablo Manlapit “It is one of the cherished American ideals that each generation shall stand in advance of the preceding one: better physically, mentally, spiritually. And America demands for her workers this opportunity for development.” -Manlapit (left) was … Continue reading

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Statement on the Passing of Paul Booth

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the passing of labor activist and leader Paul Booth: I offer my deepest condolences to Heather and the entire Booth family. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with Paul are … Continue reading

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Tax bill: Not just a 2017 story

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It would be so easy to close the book on the 2017 tax bill, to allow our attention to be diverted to the next issue or threat, because there are so many. We owe it to ourselves and future generations … Continue reading

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Steelworkers union president ‘disappointed’ and ‘frustrated’ with Trump

The president of the United Steelworkers union says the group is “terribly disappointed” with President Trump, who he says has done nothing to protect American jobs since taking office last January. In an interview with CNN, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said that American workers are in … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Johnny Paycheck “And I’ve seen a lot of good folks die That had a lot of bills to pay I’d give the shirt right offa’ my back If I had the guts to say Take this … Continue reading

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TOMORROW: IOWANS DELIVER 130,000+ SIGNATURES TO GRASSLEY, TELLING HIM TO STOP RUBBER-STAMPING TRUMP JUDGES

IOWA — Iowans will deliver more than 130,000 signatures to Senator Chuck Grassley tomorrow at his offices in Des Moines and Waterloo, calling on him to stop rubber-stamping the judicial nominations made by President Trump. The signatures come from Iowans … Continue reading

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Forums for the week of January 19 – 26  2018

Arlington Legislative Forum – Arlington January 20, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM Arlington Community Center, 853 Main St., Arlington, IA 50606  (Click here for directions)     Bettendorf Legislative Luncheon – Bettendorf January 19, 2018 11:30AM – 1:00PM Isle of Capri Ballroom, … Continue reading

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