Monthly Archives: April 2013

Rally for Mine Workers in Des Moines May 3

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Republican unsure he’ll back Branstad’s Healthy Iowa plan

A key Republican lawmaker raised tough questions about Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan for wider health care coverage on Monday, but the measure advanced to the Iowa House floor for debate. Rep. Dave Heaton of Mount Pleasant, a resident expert on … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Workers Memorial Day

  April 29, 2013 On Workers Memorial Day, we come together to recognize the inherent dignity and value of every person and to remember all those who have perished on the job. As a third-generation coal miner, I’ve known firsthand … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History April 30

  An explosion at the Everettville mine in Everettville, W. Va., kills 109 miners, many of whom lie in unmarked graves to this day (1927); The Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board implements new rules to speed up unionization elections. The … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

 April 17, 2013 The bill introduced today is another step toward addressing a real crisis. The United States urgently needs a roadmap to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans. And while Washington, D.C., is full of legislative unveilings … Continue reading

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Internal Organizing Class

April 30: Quad City Fed Educational Course – Internal Organizing. (two sessions) First session 9 – 3 PM (free lunch) Evening Session 5:30 to 8:30 PM (Free dinner)  880 Devils Glen Rd. Bettendorf, IA USW 105 Hall. Contact JOshua Shipp … Continue reading

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A Non-Union Reunion:

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 Original Twinkies are coming back—but under new management—and without a union. Some five months after Hostess shut down over a standoff with its unions, the restructured company is expecting to put its snacks back on store shelves in the coming … Continue reading

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Taken for Granted: The Eight-Hour Workday

By Gunther W. Anderson UFCW Local 617              Nearly every union member in the U.S. is aware that the efforts of organized labor are what brought workers all over the country, whether union or non-union, certain working standards that are … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reaches Washington, D.C. (left) (1894); An estimated one thousand silver miners, angry over low wages, the firing of union members and the planting of spies in their ranks by … Continue reading

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51 Iowa workers killed on the job in 2012 honored at Capitol

Families and state officials gathered across from the Capitol Friday to honor workers who died on the job in 2012. Fifty-one Iowans died from injuries sustained at work or in the military last year. Friends and family from 10 of … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

April 26: The U.S. House of Representatives passes House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never … Continue reading

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THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 2013 LABOR SHORT COURSE!

    62nd Annual Labor Short Course – registration deadline approaching Download Flyer (pdf) Don’t miss this opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future. This week-long program is packed with sessions designed to introduce newer activists to key … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day

Making a Killing Texas Style   Making a Killing, Texas-style By Mike Konopacki and Kathy Wilkes The recent bombing in Boston that killed three people was quickly branded “terrorism.” If convicted, the 19-year-old suspect could face the death penalty under … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History April 25

The New York Times declares the struggle for an 8-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declare that an eight-hour workday day would bring about “loafing … Continue reading

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IBEW Iowa State Conference Endorses Braley for Senate

DES MOINES, IA – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Iowa State Conference has become the 12th union to endorse Bruce Braley for US Senate. State Conference President Bill Hanes announced that the Delegates to the Conference voted unanimously in favor … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History The Int’l Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal (right), a Philadelphia journalist who many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American (1990) Complete labor … Continue reading

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Iowa House conservatives want to cut pay for justices in same-sex marriage decision

A handful of House conservatives want to reduce the pay of Iowa Supreme Court justices involved in a 2009 decision striking down a ban on same-sex marriages as part of an effort to maintain the balance of power in state … Continue reading

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62nd Annual Labor Short Course

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