Monthly Archives: September 2013

Inequality for All film opens

 Robert Reich, the economist, professor of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, and former labor secretary during the Clinton administration, has teamed up with filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth to make the new documentary, Inequality for All, which opened September 27. Reich narrates the film, … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Republican Hostage Taking

  September 30, 2013    As of today, it is clear that the Republican Party and the Tea Party have become one and the same when it comes to federal fiscal policy. House Republicans have decided that they will shut … Continue reading

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Group to rally for minimum wage increase

The Center for Worker Justice in Eastern Iowa says too many Iowans are struggling to support themselves and their families on $7.25 per hour, the current state and federal minimum wage. The group, along with The Iowa City Federation of … Continue reading

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Biden: Finally, all Americans will have access to health care

I don’t expect the political debate about Obamacare to end anytime soon. Republicans in Congress are going to demonize it, run against it, do what they can to sabotage it. But come Tuesday, Americans will be able to see for … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History September 30

September 30:  A total of 29 strike leaders are charged with treason—plotting “to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”—for daring to strike the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa. Jurors refuse to convict them (1892); Seventy-year-old … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Vote against Obamacare by King and Latham would hurt Iowans

Next week Iowans will begin signing up for health insurance through new online marketplaces. Next year thousands more of the very poorest Iowans will be enrolled in government-funded Medicaid. Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature worked together to craft … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

  September 27: Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children (1875); The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike against the Los Angeles Times and begins a boycott that runs intermittently from 1896 to 1908. … Continue reading

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UAW releases 2014 union-built vehicles list

2014 UAW Union-Made Vehicle Guide (pdf) Quality, variety and fuel efficiency – not to mention keeping good jobs in America – are the highlights of the UAW’s 2014 Union-Built Vehicles List, which was released today.   The new editions to … Continue reading

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AFSCME MEMBERS CONDUCT INFORMATIONAL PICKET REGARDING CORRECTIONS UNDERSTAFFING

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CORALVILLE – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 and AFSCME Local 2985 held an informational picket outside of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to raise awareness of critically low corrections staffing levels in Iowa’s corrections system, including staffing levels at … Continue reading

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UPDATE: 2nd Iowa trooper sped with governor

  IOWA CITY, Iowa — Just as Gov. Terry Branstad was trying to move beyond a speeding scandal, a second trooper driving the governor was pulled over and disciplined for driving over the limit, officials told The Associated Press today. … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame Banquet sold out

I have great news to share! The 22nd Annual East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet is officially sold out. All 50 tables have been reserved. Nearly 600 union members, their friends and families included, will … Continue reading

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AFSCME Picket this Friday in Coralville

AFSCME Local 2985 will be doing an informational picket to let the public know our concerns about staffing levels and the nurse’s vacation on September 27, 2013. We will meet at the AmericInn on highway 965 in Coralville at 9:00 … Continue reading

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Quad City Federation of Labor endorsements

The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed IBEW 145 President Carlton Wills for Davenport City Council 3rd Ward. They also endorsed Rick Dunn (UA 25 member) for 1st Ward; Shelia Burrage (CWA 7110 member) for 5th Ward; Mike … Continue reading

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Buy union-made college apparel — here at the UI

Alta Gracia is the first-ever factory making college apparel that truly respects its workers’ rights by paying them a living wage and giving them a voice on the job. For more than a decade, workers in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic, have … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO, USAS Establish National Partnership Building on AFL-CIO Commitment to Broaden Labor Movement

    (Washington, September 25, 2013) – With the goal of strengthening workers’ rights and building power for students as well as workers, the AFL-CIO and United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) today entered into a new national partnership. The two … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History September 25 – 26

Today’s Labor History September 25: American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, WI (1874); Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers’ strike in Lee County, Ark. By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had … Continue reading

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Trades council endorses Corbett, 3 others in Cedar Rapids council races

The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO has endorsed Mayor Ron Corbett and three other candidates among the 17 competing for six City Council seats on the Nov. 5 election ballot. The labor group also is endorsing … Continue reading

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Poverty stats show it’s not time to cut SNAP benefits

When will the facts matter? At some point, the facts have to make a difference. They did not on Thursday, when the U.S. House chose to whack away at SNAP on the same day the Census Bureau provided new information … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Labor Council golf event raises $4,300 for E. Iowa Honor Flight By George Rickey, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight ·

We would like to thank the members of the Hawkeye Labor Council for their tremendous support of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. They held a golf outing in August, and $4300.00 was given to support our continuing mission of making … Continue reading

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New rate information confirms Iowa exchange will offer some of lowest prices in country

Iowans buying health insurance on the government’s new online marketplace will face some of the lowest premiums in the country, numbers released today show. The new marketplace, or exchange, is a key part of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known … Continue reading

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