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ICAN is Hiring

We are excited to announce that ICAN is looking for comimmitted, enthusiastic people to join our organizing team!   We are hiring an organizer to focus on our small business project, the Main Street Alliance of Iowa.  We need someone with … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Eugene V. Debs “The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough.” May 22 Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., … Continue reading

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The AFL-CIO urges you to oppose the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094)

Dear Senator: The AFL-CIO urges you to oppose the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094) unless major changes are made to it. In its current form, it is a destructive piece of legislation that singles out the workers … Continue reading

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ATT – CWA workers on strike

On Strike   Des Moines area events Times 05/19/17 – 2pm to 6pm, 05/20/17 – 10am to 4am and 05/21/17 12pm to 4pm. We could us everyone that has time to come help. 4100 University Ave, WDM 490 S 68th … Continue reading

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The First Amendment Is Dead In Muscatine – Iowa Starting Line

It was quite a week last week with the buzz about impeachment. Relax. I’m not referring to President Donald Trump. I’m talking about the mayor of Muscatine. Diana Broderson was removed from office by a 7-0 vote of the city … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: John Sayles “The people I read about in the history books and the people I met in the hills of Kentucky and West Virginia had important stories to tell and I wanted to find a way to pass … Continue reading

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Working Families Demand High Standards for NAFTA Renegotiation

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Trump administration’s formal notification to Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement: The administration’s formal announcement that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement … Continue reading

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Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attacks on Unions

Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to defund and dismantle unions, the most significant force for higher wages and better working conditions in America. … Continue reading

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Midwest School for Women Workers

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Conference Speaker Highlight:  Carmen Perez Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community … Continue reading

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Strike at AT&T: Join a Picket Line

40,000 workers at AT&T just announced that they will walk off the job Friday at 3pm ET/Noon PT if they haven’t won a fair union contract by then. This will be the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: “Big Bill” Haywood “Every dollar that the boss did not work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.” William Dudley “Big Bill” Haywood, who also said “I haven’t read Marx’s Capital but I’ve … Continue reading

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House bill jeopardizes health for women and rural Iowans National reports pinpoint issues with loss of the Medicaid expansion

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 16, 2017) — The House plan to cap and cut Medicaid — and effectively end the Medicaid expansion — will have a disproportionate impact on women and hinder coverage as well in rural communities. Two … Continue reading

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Report: Rural States Stand to Lose Under GOP Health-Care Bill

Report: Rural States Stand to Lose Under GOP Health-Care Bill May 17, 2017 – Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window A CBPP report says rural Iowans could lose access to coverage under the House-passed health-care … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: the Industrial Workers of the World “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and … Continue reading

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Stop GOP Union Busting

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May is Labor History Month!

May is Labor History Month! As the saying goes, we all stand on the shoulders of those who struggled before us. In recognition of Labor History Month, take some time to learn about those who truly made America great: not … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Joe Kenehan, the organizer in the film “Matewan” (played by Chris Cooper, below right) “They got you fightin’ white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain’t but two sides in this world … Continue reading

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Reynolds’ Wrong Move Shows Failed Priorities

Reynolds’ Wrong Move Shows Failed Priorities ReynoldsWrongMove.com shows the failed budget choices made by the Branstad/Reynolds administration DES MOINES — In response to Governor Branstad today signing into law a budget that severely underfunds critical public services and priorities while … Continue reading

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Over 70,000 Iowans Face Healthcare Crisis And Republicans Own It – Iowa Starting Line

Over 70,000 Iowans will lose their access to health care on January 1st, 2018. For all these thousands of Iowans this is an urgent emergency. It is a catastrophic blow to these Iowa families’ ability to have access to quality … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote:  Heywood Broun “All there is said for work as opposed to dancing is that it’s so much easier.” Broun was a journalist, columnist and first president of the American Newspaper Guild. May 13 Western Federation of Miners … Continue reading

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