Monthly Archives: May 2013

Low Wage Worker Roundtable

On Tuesday, June 4, Jay Williams, Executive Director, Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, (U.S. Department of Labor) will host a roundtable in Des Moines. This roundtable discussion will start at 2 PM and go for about an … Continue reading

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Unions rally support for striking Walmart workers

A handful of striking Walmart workers found strong support for their cause Thursday as they brought the Making Change at Walmart campaign to a Davenport union hall. A group of nearly 20 United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW, union … Continue reading

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Help wanted as building projects boom

During the recession, Jack DeLeon Jr. looked at moving to North Dakota to build homes for some of the thousands of oil workers flocking to the Williston Basin for jobs. But the shortage of homes included space for the builders … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: Rose Will Monroe (right), popularly known as Rosie the Riveter, dies in Clarksville, Ind.  During WWII she helped bring women into the labor force (1997) Saturday: The Ladies Federal Labor Union Number 2703, based in Illinois, was granted a … Continue reading

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Joint Statement from the AFL-CIO and ChangetoWin on the attempt by Walmart and Gap to undermine worker safety in Bangladesh

May 30, 2013   The AFL-CIO and ChangetoWin labor federations are deeply concerned about Walmart and Gap’s plan to move forward with a corporate-controlled, nonbinding process for adopting building safety standards in Bangladesh. While former Senators George Mitchell and Olympia … Continue reading

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Lee County News

Buddy Howard, Lee County Labor Council A big thank you to Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sagar for filling in for Tracy Leone at our Keokuk WIN meeting Tuesday night.   And thanks to all who took the time … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History May 30

The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American workers who … Continue reading

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IUPAT Endorses Braley

DES MOINES, IA – Delegates of District Council 81 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, voted  to endorse Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate. District Council 81 represents approximately 2600 members who are public employees as well as … Continue reading

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Iowa senator, who left politics after arrest, pledges a comeback

Tony Bisignano, who was a Democratic power broker in the Iowa Legislature in the 1990s until scandal disrupted his political career, hopes to make a comeback. In an emotional speech this morning, Bisignano, 61, of Des Moines, told a meeting … Continue reading

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Out-of-State Special Interest Group Students First Hires New Director to “Increase Presence” in Iowa

Students First has track record of supporting ALEC-Backed Education Proposals, Providing Financial Backing for Conservative Candidates, Involvement in Cheating and Anti-Gay Controversies   DES MOINES – Late last week, Students First announced hiring Patty Link, a former Des Moines School … Continue reading

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Memorial for Fallen Co-Worker

By Gunther Anderson             I never met Brian Stice. It almost feels like revealing a shameful secret, putting that into words, because it seems as though everyone around me knew and loved Brian whereas I never even heard him speak. … Continue reading

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How the cuts affect you

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Dangers of Selling the Tribune Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

  May 29, 2013   Today, communities across the country are rallying outside of newspapers owned by the Tribune Company to support journalistic integrity and an unbiased news media.  These communities are calling on the Tribune Company to not sell … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History May 29

Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of … Continue reading

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Iowa Gov. Branstad leaves for third out-of-state vacation in eight months

Gov. Terry Branstad departed Tuesday on his third out-of-state vacation in the past eight months. This time he is traveling with his family for a post-legislative session trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., and San Francisco. “The governor works 6 to … Continue reading

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Unions make the difference

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Iowa loses out as rail funds not appropriated

Iowa residents and taxpayers are being horribly betrayed by Gov. Terry Branstad and his Republican henchmen in the Legislature. They are sabotaging a $230 million federal grant to expand passenger rail service that would link major Iowa cities to Chicago … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

Monday: The U.S. Supreme Court declares the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional, about a month before it was set to expire (1935); The CIO-affiliated Insurance Workers of America merges with its AFL counterpart, the Insurance Agents International … Continue reading

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Iowa House adjourns landmark 2013 session

The Iowa House’s adjournment on Thursday morning ended a legislative session in which Democrats and Republicans came together to pass several pieces of high-profile and long-sought public policy. An expansion of health care for low income Iowans. A vast tax … Continue reading

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NLRB Confirmations and Grassley Town Hall Meetings

Wilma Liebman who served 14 years on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—including chairwoman from 2009–2011—says, “Appointments to the NLRB have been a political battleground for decades.” But, in a column in Politico, she says the current attack on the NLRB … Continue reading

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