Monthly Archives: March 2013

Iowa City: “American Winter” – Documentary film screening and discussion with producer

Saturday, March 30, 2 pm, Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City Directed by Emmy award-winning HBO filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the aftermath of the current economic crisis. The film … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

  Members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 begin what is to become a 4-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Co. in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a public … Continue reading

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Iowa freight hauler to pay $160,073 in back wages to drivers

A Des Moines carrier has agreed to pay 201 truck drivers a total of $160,073 in back wages and fringe benefits after failing to pay drivers for delay time during trips. Contract Transport Inc., which has a contract to haul … Continue reading

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Getting by on $7.25 an Hour, Beans and Oatmeal

Mike Hall After President Obama called for raising the nation’s minimum wage to $9 an hour and protecting it against inflation, the struggle that millions of low-wage workers face trying to survive on the current $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage is back on … Continue reading

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Film Night in Rock Island

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Iowa UFCW Locals Endorse Braley for Senate

Mar 26, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Locals 222, 230, 431, 440 and 1149 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) today announced their endorsement of Congressman Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate. “We are proud to endorse Bruce Braley for Senate,” the locals … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

Mother Jones is ordered to leave Colorado, where state authorities accuse her of “stirring up” striking coal miners (1904); U.S. Supreme Court rules that undocumented workers do not have the same rights as Americans when they are wrongly fired (2002) … Continue reading

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Howard Dean Launches Campaign To Flip State Legislatures

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) announced Tuesday that the political action committee he founded would launch a campaign to flip state legislatures around the country. In a conference call, Dean said that Democracy for … Continue reading

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Health board OKs union contract

WATERLOO, Iowa — Unionized Black Hawk County health employees will receive across-the-board pay increases the next three years. The county Board of Health has ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees … Continue reading

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Iowa Labor night out with the Iowa Energy

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Healthiest Iowa Initiative Announces “Medicaid Madness” Tour Locations for Events on Wednesday, March 27th

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26 organizations have joined the Healthiest Iowa Initiative, including small business owners, health care providers, and citizen organizations DES MOINES — The Healthiest Iowa Initiative today announced locations and details for the “Medicaid Madness” tour that will take place tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Senate approves Medicaid expansion plan

The Iowa Senate approved legislation Monday night to add more than 100,000 low-income Iowans to the state-federal Medicaid health insurance program, setting up a showdown with Gov. Terry Branstad. Senate File 296 was approved 26-23 on a straight party line … Continue reading

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Tears Still Should Fall for Sweatshop Abuses in Global Apparel Industry

Mike Hall Sixteen years ago the American public and Kathie Lee Gifford were shocked when it was revealed that the Walmart clothing line that carried Gifford’s name was manufactured—unbeknownst to her—under sweatshop conditions by Honduran children working 20 hours a … Continue reading

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SOUL Easter Egg Hunt Des Moines 2013

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Today’s Labor History

San Francisco brewery workers begin a 9-month strike as local employers follow the union-busting lead of the National Brewer’s Association and fire their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along with the union busting, … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Medicaid vote is about health care, not politics

The Iowa Senate is expected to vote today on legislation to expand Medicaid health insurance to cover more than 100,000 additional Iowans. With Democrats holding a majority in that chamber, the bill will pass. But simply approving Senate File 296 … Continue reading

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Round Table Discussion with Congresswomen Bustos

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You are cordially invited to a round table discussion with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos tomorrow at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 Hall. The national AFL-CIO is hosting a teleconference tonight (3/25) at 4pm and 8pm CST … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

Toronto printers strike for the 9-hour day in what is believed to be Canada’s first major strike (1872); First “Poor People’s March” on Washington, in which jobless workers demanded creation of a public works program. Led by populist Jacob Coxey, … Continue reading

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“Medicaid Madness” grips the Iowa Statehouse

DES MOINES — A coalition of small business owners, health-care providers, and citizen organizations from around Iowa launched a “Healthiest Iowa Initiative” Monday in hopes of convincing Republican Gov. Terry Branstad to expand the Medicaid program to more needy Iowans. … Continue reading

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Special Delivery: Across the Nation, Message Is Save Saturday Delivery

Mike Hall In hundreds of rallies in large cities and small towns, postal employees, other union members, community supporters and others rallied Sunday to preserve Saturday mail delivery. In many cases, the participants protesting Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe‘s decision to … Continue reading

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