Monthly Archives: August 2013

On Labor Day, Too Many Workers Labor in the Shadows

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For many Americans, Labor Day barbecues and picnics mark a nostalgic end to summer.  It’s also a time to celebrate work and the people who do the work (and of course, the people who want to work but can’t find … Continue reading

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Labor Day Events Around Iowa

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Saturday August 31 Ottumwa Area: Jimmy Jones Shelter House in Greater Ottumwa Park. 2 PM contests, and music. Steve Siegel 515-971-3325 or ssiegel@afscmeiowa.org Lucas: John L Lewis Labor Festival, Saturday August 31, 2013. 641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544 Sunday September 1 Clinton … Continue reading

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As the Nation Celebrates Labor Day, Latino Workers Still Disproportionately Affected by Unemployment, Low Wages and Financial Insecurity in Retirement

    New report prescribes swift and broad solutions for Latino working families       http://www.aflcio.org/content/download/98601/2662151/file/LatinoReport.pdf       (Washington, DC, August 29, 2013) – A new report released in honor of Labor Day by the AFL-CIO shows that … Continue reading

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The weekend in Labor History

August 29 Seventy-five workers die when the lower St. Lawrence River’s Quebec Bridge collapses while under construction.  A flawed design was found to be the cause.  Thirteen more workers were killed nine years later when the reconstructed bridge’s central span … Continue reading

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Today In Labor History August 28

  August 28: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech march—is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating. The AFL-CIO did not endorse the march, but several affiliated unions did … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Honoring 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013   Fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., AFL-CIO Vice President A. Phillip Randolph, labor and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, UAW President Walter Reuther and countless Americans marched for equality, jobs and freedom. That … Continue reading

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Iowa African American Hall of Fame Inductees – Labor’s Jane Burleson selected

By DENNIS REESE Enlarge image Credit Robert and Talbot Trudeau / flickr George Washington Carver was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame in 2005 Since 1995, the Iowa African American Hall of Fame (IAAHF) has been selecting the most influential … Continue reading

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Eastern Iowa United Way Challenge

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Iowa Juvenile Home cited for problems in drug program

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Juvenile Home has been given 15 citations for violations in its substance-abuse treatment program, according to a new inspection. The violations from the July 29 search included a lack of oversight and failure to … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History August 27

August 27 Some 14,000 Chicago teachers who have gone without pay for several months finally collect about $1,400 each – 1934 President Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize all the nation’s railroads to prevent a general strike.  The railroads … Continue reading

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Join US in Davenport

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Fix the Debt Rally in Des Moines

On August 28th at 4:30 p.m., we’ll be paying a visit to the Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines branch of Bank of America to expose Bank of America’s failure to pay their fair share in taxes, and demand they stop corporate … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Why voters should renew tax levies:

Voters in many parts of Iowa will have the opportunity to cast ballots next month in favor of maintaining property-tax support for this state’s community colleges. It is a vote they should cast with confidence that the money is being … Continue reading

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Clients brace for changes at Rock Island unemployment office

There are big changes on the way for the Illinois Department of Employment Security Office in Rock Island. Clients will no longer be able to file for unemployment benefits in person as of September 2. Ironically, it’s Labor Day. It’s … Continue reading

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Iowa Women Deserve Better Rally

Help us tell Governor Terry Branstad to stop playing politics with women’s health care! Join speakers Marti Anderson, Jack Hatch, Tyler Olson, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell on the west steps of the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, August 28th … Continue reading

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Fix the Debt Bank of America – Rally on Wednesday

On August 28th at 4:30 p.m., we’re paying a visit to the Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines branch of Bank of America to expose Bank of America’s failure to pay their fair share in taxes and demand they stop corporate tax dodging. Bank … Continue reading

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Join Us in Davenport to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the I have a Dream Speech

Brothers and Sisters,   On Wednesday August 28th, communities across the country, and indeed across the world, will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington D.C.       The historic march has been called … Continue reading

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In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington AFL-CIO and Union Privilege Award “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom” Scholarships to 60 Students

  Washington, DC – August 26, 2013 – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Privilege are awarding 60 … Continue reading

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IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES BRUCE BRALEY FOR US SENATE

  DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO today unanimously voted to endorse Representative Bruce Braley for United States Senate in 2014. Braley was endorsed at the 57th Annual Convention of the Iowa Federation of Labor being … Continue reading

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