Monthly Archives: August 2013

Iowa View: About my switch – The Republican Party has left me

Last week, the news broke that I am resigning as co-chairman of the Polk County Republican Party and changing my party affiliation to independent. This was a difficult and personal decision I struggled with for several months and discussed with … Continue reading

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AFSCME endorses four candidates in Des Moines school board race

The AFSCME Iowa Council 61 announced Monday that it would endorse four candidates in the upcoming Des Moines school board race. The election will be held Sept. 10. Individuals to receive an endorsement from the union included District 2 candidate … Continue reading

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AFSCME chief Homan demands that Branstad fire Iowa prison director Baldwin

The head of an Iowa’s public employees’ union is demanding that Gov. Terry Branstad fire Iowa Corrections Director John Baldwin in response to the escape of Clarinda state prison inmate Rodney Long, who was shot and killed early Tuesday after … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Time to move past words on immigration reform

Ames recently hosted a remarkable event on immigration reform. What started as a local gathering to condemn U.S. Rep. Steve King’s remarks equating immigrants to drug smugglers evolved into a show of strength of the immigration reform movement and a … Continue reading

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Liberal group: Immigration reform would mean 867 new Iowa jobs

A national advocacy group says Iowa would benefit if Congress were to approve comprehensive immigration reform. The Center for American Progress, a think tank founded by former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta that promotes liberal policies, prepared a … Continue reading

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Twenty Iowa-based community, environmental, farm, and labor organizations join CCI sign-on letter calling on EPA/DNR to sign a strong Clean Water Act work plan

  Demonstration of broad-based, deeply-rooted support escalates pressure on state and federal regulators to finally hold factory farm polluters accountable for Clean Water Act violations   Des Moines, Iowa –    Twenty Iowa-based community, environmental, farm, and labor organizations collectively … Continue reading

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Howard Dean speaks in Altoona, says legislative races key for Dems

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday that Democrats must focus on winning legislative seats, and he called on union members to knock on doors frequently and get to know voters personally. Dean, who … Continue reading

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Local Federation of Labor backs Siegert, Prochaska

  The Dubuque Federation of Labor, in cooperation with Working Iowa Neighbors, has endorsed Terra Siegert and Jim Prochaska for the Dubuque Community School Board. Siegert is a member of Working Iowa Neighbors.  

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Dean: ‘At this point, I’m supporting Hillary Clinton’

Another presidential campaign is not an immediate goal for Democrat Howard Dean, who came to Iowa on Wednesday to rake Republicans as either radicals or cowards who are too afraid to stand up to the extreme right. “At this point, … Continue reading

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Statement of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Issuance of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Standard

August 23, 2013   The AFL-CIO welcomes today’s release of OSHA’s proposed silica standard. This rule when finalized will help protect more than 2 million workers exposed to this deadly dust and save hundreds of workers lives each year. It … Continue reading

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Union sues BNSF over contract on short line

A labor union representing railroad workers has sued BNSF Railway, saying the unit of Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is violating a collective bargaining agreement covering a handful of employees on a Nebraska short line. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History August 26

Today in Labor History August 26: Fannie Sellins and Joseph Starzeleski are murdered by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pa. Sellins was a United Mine Workers of America organizer and Starzeleski was a miner (1919); After … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA: CLARINDA INMATE’S ESCAPE SYMPTOMATIC OF DIRECTOR BALDWIN’S BROKEN INMATE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 calls for Director Baldwin’s Resignation DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the escape of Rodney Eugene Long from Clarinda Correctional Facility on Friday: “First, I would like … Continue reading

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Union will protest at county meeting

ROCK ISLAND — Union members are being asked to fill Tuesday’s Rock Island County Board meeting to publicize their opposition to a proposal to increase their health insurance premiums. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees … Continue reading

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Unions suffer drop in membership

The union workforce in the Quad-Cities has shrunk by a third during the last 20 years although labor officials say they are starting to make up lost ground. In 1992, more than one in five workers in the metropolitan area … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History August 20

The Great Fire of 1910, a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut—claimed the lives of 78 firefighters over two days.  It is believed to be the largest, although … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PEOPLE COMMITTEE ENDORSES ROB BARRON, JOE JONGEWAARD, TOUSSAINT CHEATOM, AND TEREE CALDWELL-JOHNSON FOR DES MOINES SCHOOL BOARD

Afscme Iowa DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) PEOPLE Committee is proud to announce that it has endorsed Rob Barron (at-large seat), Joe Jongewaard (at-large seat), Toussaint Cheatom (District 2 seat), … Continue reading

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Low Pay is not OK

This is huge – and it couldn’t come at a more important time. Thousands of fast food and other low-wage workers are going on, and calling for, a national strike on August 29.See why, and help us spread the word about … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History August 19

August 19: First edition of IWW Little Red Song Book published (1909); Some 2,000 United Railroads streetcar service workers and supporters parade down San Francisco’s Market Street in support of pay demands and against the company’s anti-union policies. The strike … Continue reading

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Union leader: Branstad needs to ‘man up’ on home

The labor union that represents many Iowa state employees is calling on Gov. Terry Branstad to “man up,” take responsibility for the Iowa Juvenile Home and immediately accept offers of free training for workers at the facility. Branstad said this … Continue reading

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