Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Put People First Rally at the Des Moines Capitol

Des Moines Register Article Put People First Rally   Videos Barb Kalbach, CCI Action Fund Board President. 4th Generation famer from Dexter Iowa Danny Homan, President AFSCME Council 61   Pam Jochum, Senate President, Dubuque Ani Belen Mancebo, CCI Member, … Continue reading

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Upward Mobility

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Help Palermo Workers

Judith has two children, but she considers going on strike to be one of the hardest things she’s done in her life. She and her co-workers—who have been trying to organize a union at the Palermo’s Pizza factory in Milwaukee—have … Continue reading

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The Height of Hypocrisy

Gunther W. Anderson: UFCW 617 When I read the letter with the plant manager’s signature at the bottom, one particular line stuck in my mind.  “We are requesting the union act in good faith and agree to the same language … Continue reading

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Pinnacle, union talks to resume

FORT MADISON – Negotiators with Pinnacle Foods of Fort Madison and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 617 plan to meet Thursday and Friday in Burlington to negotiate the union contract, according to Darin Boatman, president of Local … Continue reading

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3.5 Million Jobs at Stake if Infrastructure Continues to Crumble

What would it cost if the nation’s crumbling infrastructure of bridges, roads, rails, sewer systems, power grids, airports and more is allowed to deteriorate at its current pace? Some 3.5 million jobs and $3.1 trillion in lost economic output by … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunity for Iowa

Governor’s Address Leaves Fiscal Challenges Unresolved IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 15, 2013) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement today about Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address: “Governor Branstad’s speech today missed an opportunity to bring a … Continue reading

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If we don’t Stand Up Now when will we?

By Tom Cale, Vice President UFCW Local 617 We’ve seen a lot of change around here in the last two years. With the flex line came new jobs, more people, and less room. While we would like a little more … Continue reading

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MIchiagn Workers were not forced to Join Union

he Dec. 26 editorial on Michigan’s recently passed “Right to work” law by Ed Fuelner of the Heritage Foundation had a factual error in it. Mr. Fuelner stated that the law would make it so “…workers will no longer be … Continue reading

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Letter Carriers awarded Contract

Jan. 11, 2013 –The three-person board of arbitrators has issued a final and binding award that sets the terms of a four-and-a-half-year collective-bargaining agreement between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, NALC President Fredric Rolando … Continue reading

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OSHA Announcment on Discipline for Injuries

OSHA has announced an important development regarding retaliation/discipline for injury reporting. OSHA has entered into an accord with the BNSF railroad under which BNSF has agreed to change its policies regarding disciplining workers for reporting job injuries. This accord grew out … Continue reading

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