Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bridgestone/Firestone union holds rally as potential strike looms (with video)

Union members for Des Moines’ Bridgestone/Firestone tire plant are gathering for a rally now as efforts to renegotiate their current contracts face a deadline tonight at midnight. “We want to let (negotiators) know that we are right behind them,” United … Continue reading

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Lobbyist aims to restore confidence in Social Security

DAVENPORT — Social Security has been dominated by partisan commentators for too long, an advocate told people on Thursday night. Alex Larson, described as an “evangelist for Social Security,” said the program largely is supported by Democrats, Republicans and independents … Continue reading

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Senate immigration bill gains support of most Q-C senators

The U.S. Senate’s passage of an immigration reform bill Thursday sends the debate to the U.S. House of Representatives, where the legislation’s future is far less certain and where lawmakers representing the Quad-Cities will play a less consequential role. Still, local backers … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

  July 26: In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the “Battle of the Viaduct” during the Great Railroad Strike (1877); Battle of Mucklow, W.Va., in coal strike. An estimated 100,000 shots were … Continue reading

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SUPPORT THE LARGE RETAILER ACCOUNTABILITY ACT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

  AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement                                                   Washington, D.C.                                                    July 25, 2013   On July 10, 2013, the Washington, D.C. City Council stood strong for working families when it passed the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA), which would require retailers … Continue reading

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

By Senator Tom Harkin 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 … Continue reading

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A CALL FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

   AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement                                                                                                                        Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                      July 25, 2013    The labor movement gains its strength from our common belief that all people have intrinsic value and deserve dignity as their birthright, and that … Continue reading

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Rally for Immigration Saturday

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Senator Harkin on “Ed Show” Saturday

  It’s not every day that we get to fight for something when it comes to Social Security benefits. But thanks to Senators Tom Harkin and Mark Begich, and our friends at Social Security Works, Democracy for America, and the … Continue reading

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Steve King not speaking for all Iowa

“Polls have shown that a majority of Iowans are in favor of immigration reform, even a majority of those in Congressman King’s district support the effort to fix our broken immigration system.  Iowans clearly want to see immigration reform finally addressed, … Continue reading

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USW 310 to hold Rally Friday

USW Local 310 will be holding an informational rally on Friday, July 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  As you may know, our contract expires at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning.  President Steve Vonk and Policyman Dennis Green continue … Continue reading

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Committee Approval of Two National Labor Relations Board Nominees

Chairman Harkin Statement on Senate HELP WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today after the HELP Committee approved two nominees—Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer—to serve … Continue reading

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IN THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE, THE OUTCOME IS NEVER ASSURED. BUT YOU CAN DETERMINE THE FUTURE IN SOLIDARITY WITH YOUR CLASS.

      On the way to work today I was listening to NPR and they were talking about this being the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg.  One historian they interviewed explained that most Americans view the Civil War as … Continue reading

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Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “Hearing on National Labor Relations Board Nominees”

*As Prepared for Delivery* “Today’s hearing is the result of a bipartisan deal that was reached to allow for a fully-confirmed National Labor Relations Board for the first time in a decade.  A fully-confirmed, fully-functional Board will be a huge … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History July 23

Today’s Labor History Tuesday: Anarchist Alexander Berkman (left) shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to … Continue reading

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Staffing Iowa’s Prisons

Nationally the turnover rate for correctional officers is over 15%. Working in a prison is a stressful and dangerous job, but it can also be rewarding.  Today, Clay Masters speaks with a correctional officer from the Mitchellville Correctional Institute for … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PEOPLE COMMITTEE ENDORSES PAT MURPHY, DAVE LOEBASCK, STACI APPEL, AND JIM MOWRER FOR CONGRESS Brad Anderson Endorsed for Iowa Secretary of State

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) PEOPLE Committee is proud to announce that it has endorsed Pat Murphy for Congress in the 1st Congressional District, Congressman Dave Loebsack for Congress in … Continue reading

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Confronted By Univision Reporter, Steve King Says Comparison Of Immigrants To Dogs Was A Compliment

In a Univision interview, leading Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over remarks in 2012 where the congressman likened immigrants to dogs. King refused to apologize, even as Ramos told him “many people would find that offensive … Continue reading

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