Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tell Congress: “Don’t mess with the 40-hour workweek. Hands off my overtime!” The House of Representatives has renewed its decades-old attack on the 40-hour workweek. Once again, some members of Congress are pushing so-called “comp time” legislation that would allow … Continue reading

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Affidavit says Bachmann approved pay for lawmaker that could violate Iowa Senate ethics rules

  By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press April 22, 2013 – 4:29 pm EDT DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa campaign adviser to former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann released an affidavit Monday saying the Minnesota congresswoman approved a plan to … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History April 23

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is founded through a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada (TLC) and the Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL), the two major union congresses in Canada at the time. The CLC represents the … Continue reading

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CEO Pay Now $7,000 an Hour – 350 Times the Average Worker’s

  By David Zeiler, Associate Editor, Money Morning While most Americans may feel overworked and underpaid, the steady climb of CEO pay has ensured that chief executives most assuredly are neither. According to data compiled by the AFL-CIO, the average … Continue reading

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Dems plot strategy to beat Branstad

DES MOINES — As Gov. Terry Branstad considers an unprecedented sixth-term, state and national Democrats are quietly prodding for rips in the governor’s aura of electoral inevitability. A pair of polls — one put together by the state party and one … Continue reading

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Smart Money Week

Money Smart Week® is a national financial literacy public awareness campaign sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help individuals of all ages manage their personal finances.  Money Smart Week® is April 20-27, 2013.   More than 140 … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History April 22

Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens (left) dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.”  Cultural blogger John Pietaro: “Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place … Continue reading

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Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Labor-Designate Thomas E. Perez

*As Prepared for Delivery* “I am pleased to welcome our distinguished nominee for Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, and I thank our two Senators from Maryland for their gracious introductions. “As we have just heard, Tom Perez’s life is the … Continue reading

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Union Sugar Workers Are Heroes

Approximately 1,300 members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union (BCTGM) from Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota, who’d been locked-out since August 1, 2011, by the Moorhead, Minnesota-based American Crystal Company, voted on April 13 to accept … Continue reading

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The Register editorial: Medicaid expansion gives states flexibility

Congress didn’t need to reinvent the wheel to provide health insurance to millions of low-income Americans. The health care reform law did it by expanding Medicaid. States can expand eligibility for the government program to cover millions more people and … Continue reading

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Branstad Administration Claims Iowa Gained 1,600 Jobs in March; Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Iowa Lost 5,500

Branstad’s fabricated statistics part of an ongoing effort to cover up his failed campaign promise on job creation   DES MOINES — Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced today that Iowa’s total nonfarm employment decreased by 5,500 jobs in March. The … Continue reading

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Keokuk Fundraiser

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Forum this Saturday

This next Saturday, April 20, the Polk County Democratic Communications Committee has scheduled a Forum for our Polk County constituents.  The Elected Democratic Members of the Iowa House and Senate representing  Polk County will be present to answer your questions … Continue reading

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Teamsters, King’s Material agree on new contract

Members of Teamsters Local 371 and management at King’s Material Inc., Eldridge, have reached an agreement on a new contract. The six union members were locked out April 1 by the company after an impasse in contract negotiations. Howard Spoon, … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike (1919); … Continue reading

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Sawtelle Retirement Party

April 19: Wayne Sawtelle Retirement Party.  6:30, at the Stadium Lounge, 9 east Southridge Road, Marshalltown.

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Union Activists Richard Fallow celebration of Life

Richard “Dick” Fallow, 92, of Davenport died Saturday April 13. He was active in politics and the labor movement in the Quad City area. He was awarded the first ever, Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Central Iowa-Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO … Continue reading

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Loebsack against cuts to Social Security

As you may know, I grew up in poverty. When I was still in elementary school, my mother brought my siblings and me to live with my grandma. We didn’t have very much, but what we did have was because … Continue reading

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