Monthly Archives: June 2013

Iowa City “Know Your Rights” series: Can my landlord do that? Tenants’ rights in Iowa

Monday July 1, 6-8pm – Faith UCC Church, 1609 DeForest Avenue, Iowa City The Center for Worker Justice (CWJ) of Eastern Iowa is hosting a series of workshops open to low-income people and their allies in the Iowa City area.  … Continue reading

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UI Hancher Construction Site Ceremony Honoring Fallen Workers

Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Park Road, Iowa City (Click here for map) UI’s Hancher Auditorium, destroyed by flood damage in 2008, will soon break ground on a new building. During a site dedication ceremony this weekend, Hancher will honor the memory … Continue reading

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Iowa Federation of Labor Thanks Senator Harkin for Voting in Favor of Path to Citizenship

  Senate Immigration Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support, One Step Closer to Fixing Broken System    Yesterday, Senator Harkin cast a critical vote to pass historic immigration reform legislation. The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan majority of 68 … Continue reading

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Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans to Form Human Chain at Commerce and W 4th Streets to Protest the Chained CPI Social Security Cut

    Statewide rallies by a broad-based coalition of citizen organizations oppose cutting Social Security   “Some Cuts Never Heal”   WATERLOO— On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will hold protests across the state as part … Continue reading

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Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans to Form Human Chain around Downtown Des Moines Federal Building to Protest the Chained CPI Social Security Cut

      Iowa ARA to be joined at statewide rallies by a broad-based coalition of citizen organizations opposed to cutting Social Security   “Some Cuts Never Heal”   DES MOINES, IOWA— On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Iowa Alliance for … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History June 28

: Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter (1850); President Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday (1894); The federal government sues the … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Senate Immigration Bill

  June 27, 2013       The United States Senate today moved our country a big step closer to building a common sense immigration system that will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens.        Now … Continue reading

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Call Your Rep

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Union Night at the Races

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Prison Staffing

PRISON STAFFING: The head of Iowa’s largest state employees union said Tuesday the discovery of hand-crafted ropes and bottles containing unknown substances points up the inadequacy of staffing at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Danny Homan, president of … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on News that U.S. Government Plans to Suspend Bangladesh’s Trade Benefits

June 27, 2013 The AFL-CIO welcomes news that the U.S. government will suspend Bangladesh’s trade benefits granted under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  Bangladesh’s egregious labor practices have been under review for more than six years now, and the … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History June 27

Emma Goldman (left), women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 (1869); The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the “Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in Chicago. The … Continue reading

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Update: Officials confirm Iowa State Penitentiary blueprints were stolen last week

A break in occurred at the construction site of the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison last week, officials said late Tuesday in response to a labor union’s news release, claiming under staffing is affecting safety in the prisons. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Prop8

June 26, 2013 Today marks a major moment in American history for equality. The Supreme Court decision is a victory for all who believe in equal respect and treatment under the law. The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013   Today’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act dealt a huge blow to working people.  Instead of recognizing the continued importance and efficacy of the Voting Rights Act, a five-vote conservative majority on the Supreme … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Fair Labor Standard Act 75th Anniversary

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  June 25, 2013       President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law 75 years ago today.  The FLSA outlawed child labor, guaranteed a minimum wage, enshrined the 40 hour workweek into law, and required … Continue reading

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Working America Website

Working America’s New Website Includes Cool Dance Video: Complete with a worker’s rights-themed dance battle video, and in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Organizing Department, Working America has launched a new website, FixMyJob.com. The site is targeted at the tens of … Continue reading

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Today in History June 26

Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike (1894); The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opens, making … Continue reading

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