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Here is the Veterans Committee from USW Local 105 volunteering with the USO on Frank’n Friday.

Frank’n Friday is held on the first Friday of every month and the team in conjunction with the USO, serves between 110-150 hot dogs with all the toppings, chips, drinks and sides to our Military and their families at the … Continue reading

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 Alive & Dead after the 1st Funnel

  1st Funnel: What Survived Last week marked the end of the first deadline to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible for debate this session.  In the table below, you can see some of the key bills … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Invoking Weingarten Rights “If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at the meeting.” Yesterday was the … Continue reading

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50 Years After Memphis Sanitation Workers Went On Strike, Remembering MLK’s Words

Exactly 50 years ago, roughly 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn. went on strike for better work conditions, adequate pay and union recognition. Here is the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered in support of the workers on April … Continue reading

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Let Legislators Know: “Stop The Cuts”

I know there are many important issues pending in the Iowa Legislature, and I want you to keep speaking up on those issues you care about, but please take a few extra minutes to let legislators know you oppose the … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 19 American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department – 1909 A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the … Continue reading

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Legislative Updates

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This week marked the end of the “first funnel,” which means that if a bill does not move through a subcommittee and then a full committee in at least one chamber, it is ineligible to be considered further.  This does … Continue reading

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Forums for this week

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Get Serious for DACA and TPS

President Donald Trump and politicians on Capitol Hill showed us Washington at its worst, with its inability to do the right thing on immigration. Regular working people, who are American in every way but on paper, are being terrified, arrested and … Continue reading

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4th Annual Des Moines Area Conservation Dinner

Join the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance for a delicious meal and silent and live auctions to benefit conservation efforts in your area, and you could walk away with great new outdoor gear or thousands of dollars worth of guns. By simply … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Madagascar proverb “Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you.” February 17 Sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, are tear-gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. plants in Chicago. … Continue reading

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks Once again, Research Activities Credit biggest gainers are big companies   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2018) — Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy cost Iowa taxpayers $66.1 million in 2017, with very … Continue reading

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Inside the Iowa House: More School Closings on the Way?

My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one.  She had been barely older than her students, was out in the country with a group of children, had no phone, no car, and limited … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Trumka tells unions it’s time to go on offense

WASHINGTON – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging organized labor to go on the offense, despite control of Washington and states by anti-union politicians. The fed leader issued his demand at the United Auto Workers political conference in D.C., in … Continue reading

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Loving Faith & Freedom Reception

Dear Friends, I hope you will join us at the Loving Faith & Freedom Reception on Monday, February 19, a fundraiser in support of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund. I am honored to have Senator Joe Bolkcom as our … Continue reading

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IOWANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST GRASSLEY’S RUBBER STAMPING OF TRUMP NOMINEE MICHAEL BRENNAN

DES MOINES –The leaders of the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition issued the following statements in advance of today’s vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Michael Brennan, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work!” February 16 Leonora O’Reilly was born in New York. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she began working in a factory at … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Convention could be a dangerous thing!

Welcome to this edition of Union Yes Iowa, a podcast sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Today we are talking with Iowa State Senator, Pam Jochum about the proposed Senate resolution calling for a convention of the states … Continue reading

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Go to a Forum/Meeting in your area!

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Honor King with Worker Freedom

The Labor Wire Feb. 14, 2018 Sanitation work remains mortally dangerous 50 years after the Memphis sanitation strike, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while campaigning to help workers gain a union for better pay and safe … Continue reading

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