Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

Harkin Announces Trade Assistance for Iowa Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that displaced workers from the Hostess  Brands, Inc. plant in Waterloo – as well as stores and depots throughout Iowa – are now eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).  The announcement … Continue reading

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Quad Cities: Skills for Emerging and Advanced Leaders – Mobilizing for Justice in Our Workplaces and Communities

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 am – 3 pm, 1401 W. 3rd St., Davenport (UFCW 431 Hall) Download flyer (pdf) Free and open to all union members and community allies (lunch provided). Contact Joshua Schipp at 309-738-6536 orquadcityfed@netexpress.net to RSVP or for more details.  Sponsored by … Continue reading

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Former Congressman Boswell backs Braley’s Senate bid

Former congressman Leonard Boswell and current First District Rep. Bruce Braley. (file photos) Former Iowa congressman Leonard Boswell is endorsing Democrat Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate. Boswell used his Facebook page to endorse Braley on Monday, saying the four-term congressman … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Bowles Simpson Plan

February 19, 2013 “Once again, Bowles and Simpson have produced a plan that tells working people to “drop dead.”  In December 2010, Bowles and Simpson put forward a budget blueprint that proposed to cut tax rates for corporations and the … Continue reading

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IOWA WORKERS’ RIGHTS MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE for FREE DOWNLOAD

The Labor Center’s newest publication, Workers’ Rights Manual: Summary of Federal and State Laws that Apply to Iowa Workplaces, is now available for free download on our website. The manual summarizes key provisions of laws governing Iowa workplaces on subjects ranging from … Continue reading

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President Obama Not to Blame for Your Paycheck Being Less

By Robert Cale, UFCW Local 617 Last month our paychecks went down due to a tax increase. I noticed some of our members were quick to blame President Obama, free birth control, immigrants, and a number of other things for … Continue reading

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Unions 101 Class Invigorates New Union Members

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By Gunther W. Anderson Around two-dozen    union members and representatives of the labor movement, with an inspiring turnout from UFCW Local 617, gathered at the Keokuk Labor Temple on the 2nd of February for a four-hour class  covering the history … Continue reading

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Harkin heir Braley fires up Scott County Democrats

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Confident Democrats gathered in Scott County Saturday night to celebrate their gains in the 2012 cycle and coalesce around their candidates for tougher 2014 bids. The four-and-a-half hour fundraiser drew about 215 people, a larger crowd than last year’s … Continue reading

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