Monthly Archives: July 2013

AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT: BRANSTAD VETO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CLOSING OF ABBE CENTER

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan released the following statement concerning today’s announcement that Abbe Center for Community Care, Inc., where AFSCME Iowa Council 61 represents employees, would close on September 30, 2013: “Today’s news is … Continue reading

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Iowa View: A higher minimum wage is good for all of us

Today marks four years since minimum-wage workers last got a raise. The current minimum wage — just $7.25 per hour — is a poverty wage, even for many full-time workers. And this has consequences for all of us. When McDonald’s, … Continue reading

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Immigration Forum with Senators Harkin, Durbin for Dreamers

DURBIN, HARKIN, DREAMERS AND IMMIGRATION REFORM SUPPORTERS TO HOLD IMMIGRATION FORUM IN AMES, FRIDAY AT 10 AM Event in Rep. Steve King’s District to Put a Face on DREAMers; Push House to Consider Comprehensive Immigration Reform Washington, D.C. – US … Continue reading

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Night at the Ball Game

August 1: Take me out to the ball game. Quad City Federation of Labor “Night at the Park”. $2 Draft Beers. Great Food. Family Fun. Union Discount. Thursday August 1. Gates open at 5:30 and game starts at 7 PM. … Continue reading

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Blood Drive August 2 in Cedar Rapids

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Union group endorses Moore for Des Moines Council

Des Moines City Council Member Skip Moore has earned an endorsement from a local union group in his bid for re-election.   Moore is running to maintain his at-large seat on the council. He was first elected in 2009. READ … Continue reading

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CWA reaches tentative agreement

Denver, Colo. — Following is a statement by Communications Workers of America District 7 on the tentative agreement reached with CenturyLink. The CWA CenturyLink bargaining team has reached a five-year tentative agreement with the company that provides employment security for … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History july 31

July 31: Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a 2-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents (1970); Fifty-day baseball strike ends (1981); … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Confirmation of NLRB Nominees

July 30, 2013 America’s working families applaud the Senate for confirming President Obama’s outstanding and highly qualified nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. This is the first time in more than a decade that the NLRB has been fully … Continue reading

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Washington Post fact checkers say King’s comment is baseless

U.S. Rep. Steve King’s claim that drug-running undocumented immigrants with bulging muscles and massive sacks of marijuana outnumber high-achieving “Dreamers” has earned four Pinocchios from Washington Post fact checkers — the most grievous distinction available. King, who represents Iowa’s 4th … Continue reading

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USW, Bridgestone-Firestone Reach Tentative Agreement

The union and tire company had been working since June on a new collective bargaining agreement. The previous contract expired on Saturday. “This agreement is a step forward for USW members,” said USW Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who led the negotiations … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Medicare and Medicaid

Today, July 30, is Medicare’s 48th anniversary.  Budget proposals in Congress at this time contain changes that would hurt current and future Medicare recipients, perhaps you or someone you know who is struggling to make ends meet.  We ask you to … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

July 30: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid (1965); Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Declared legally dead in 1982, his body has never been found (1975); United Airlines agrees to offer … Continue reading

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Movie Review of “Compliance”

Labor Movie Review: Compliance July 29, 2013 | Author Tracy Leone Compliance People see movies for lots of reasons, but mainly because many not-great movies are still worthy of seeing. “Compliance” is one of them. “Compliance” is based on the true … Continue reading

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Groups Rally Over Immigration Reform Bill

As the U.S. House of Representatives debate versions of an immigration reform bill, Iowans are taking a stand. Saturday afternoon, The Network for Immigration Reform, made up of twenty-four organizations, met on the statehouse steps to say that Iowa is … Continue reading

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Iowa Federation of Labor Convention

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Financial Fitness Bootcamp

United Way of Central Iowa Join us for a 4 week personal finance course where we talk about budgeting, banking services, credit repair, debt management and more. WHERE: Evelyn K. Davis Center, WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 pm from July 30 … Continue reading

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Another View: Why some think there’s a right to cheap labor

The Declaration of Independence says nothing about a right to cheap labor, but not everyone has noticed. Companies routinely pay market rates for electricity, real estate and legal services. But many companies find great injustice in market economics when applied … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert weighs in on King’s controversial comments (with video)

Satirical talk show host Stephen Colbert was the latest pundit to weigh in on Rep. Steve King’s controversial comments on immigration. The Iowa Republican has faced criticism from both major political parties after comments made earlier this week to Newsmax … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

The Coast Seamen’s Union merges with the Steamship Sailors’ Union to form the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific (1891); A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones’ March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home in Oyster … Continue reading

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