Daily Archives: August 26, 2013

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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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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