Monthly Archives: June 2013

Brandstad and AFSCME retirement

Terry Branstad’s Message to Public Employees: Beware of your pension June 24, 2013 Brothers and Sisters, In a press conference today, Governor Branstad was asked about his item-vetoes of funding for the Peace Officers Retirement System and Judicial Retirement Fund. … Continue reading

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Fort Madison Issues

AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT IOWA STATE PENITENTIARY DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan released the following statement concerning recent developments at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison: “Yesterday, staff at … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History June 25

More than 8,000 people attend the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring those framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886 (1893); Fair Labor Standards Act passes Congress, banning child labor … Continue reading

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Firefighters lend hand to neighbor in need

Perhaps to her surprise, Ida Miles has been adopted at age 84. Miles, who is disabled, has lived at 1810 E. Walnut St. for 15 years. Her house is just down the street from Des Moines Fire Station No. 2 … Continue reading

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Branstad urges action on pensions

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad indicated pension reform would be a priority for him in the 2014 legislative session, saying he wanted to see “significant reforms” to the public pension system. “I believe that just throwing $109 million into … Continue reading

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

  June 24, 2013     Building a common sense immigration system that will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens is a top priority for the labor movement in 2013. The Senate immigration bill represents an important step … Continue reading

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7 Days

In only one week on July 1st, the interest rates on new student loans are set to double from their current rate of 3.4 to 6.8 percent.  Unless Congress acts to stop this increase, as I have long been pushing … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

June 21: In England, a compassionate parliament declares that children can’t be required to work more than 12 hours a day. And they must have an hour’s instruction in the Christian Religion every Sunday and not be required to sleep more … Continue reading

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Polk County likely will face $11.6 million budget shortfall by 2023

Commercial property tax reform and already-planned wage increases mean Polk County will face an $11.6 million annual budget shortfall by 2023 unless the economy improves or expenses are reduced, county supervisors were told Wednesday. Polk County budget administrator Deb Anderson … Continue reading

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Crisis at the NLRB

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  By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Ken Sagar Iowa Federation of Labor President.   Most people in Iowa don’t even know what the National Labor Relations Board is. Well, why should they? Here’s why.   For decades, American labor … Continue reading

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How SNAP Hits Home in Iowa Farm Bill Debate Carries Implications for Many Thousands of Iowans

IFP BACKGROUNDER How SNAP Hits Home in Iowa Farm Bill Debate Carries Implications for Many Thousands of Iowans As of May 2013, 198,843 households in Iowa received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History June 20

Birth of Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr (1848); The American Railway Union, headed by Eugene Debs, is founded in Chicago. In the Pullman strike a year later, the union was defeated by federal injunctions and troops, and Debs was imprisoned for … Continue reading

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Burlington: Advanced Steward Training

  Saturday, June 22, 8:00am-12:00noon – Machinists Hall, 16452 Hwy 34 (West Burlington) Topics will include preparing grievances to win at arbitration, effectively presenting grievances, and mobilizing members to take action.  Download flyer here. Sponsored by the Des Moines-Henry County Labor … Continue reading

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Volunteers connect USS Iowa, the “Battleship of Presidents,” to city utilities

LOS ANGELES — Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local Union 802 and the Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) coordinated the volunteer efforts of several groups to connect the battleship to the sewer utilities of the city of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History June 19

Eight-hour work day adopted for federal employees (1912); AFL President Sam Gompers and Secretary of War Newton Baker sign an agreement establishing a three-member board of adjustment to control wages, hours and working conditions for construction workers employed on government … Continue reading

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Harkin Announces Nearly $24 Million for State Veterans Home in Marshalltown

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin today announced that the State Veterans Home in Marshalltown has been awarded $23,840,617 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The funds will be used to renovate the Dack and Malloy buildings at … Continue reading

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CONSIDER IMMIGRATION REFORM

BY Karl Schilling As we consider the issues of immigration reform I think that the punishment facet of the problem should be reconsidered.    A sticking point is the belief that we need to punish undocumented workers for coming illegally and … Continue reading

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After Plant Explosion, Texas Remains Wary of Regulation

WEST, Tex. — Five days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a wide swath of this town, Gov. Rick Perry tried to woo Illinois business officials by trumpeting his state’s low taxes and limited regulations. Asked about the … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

Union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph (left) and others meet with President Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt orders that the industries desegregate (1941) Complete … Continue reading

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