Monthly Archives: September 2013

Today’s Labor History September 23

  September 23: The Workingman’s Advocate of Chicago publishes the first installment of The Other Side, by Martin A. Foran, president of the Coopers’ Int’l Union. Believed to be the first novel by a trade union leader and some say … Continue reading

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Iowa median income up a bit, Census survey shows

Median household incomes in Iowa were stuck in neutral for more than a decade, averaging $50,957 in 2012, up just $73 — or .01 percent — since 2000, according to a U.S. Census report to be released today READ MORE

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Woods endorsed by labor group in Des Moines City Council run

Des Moines City Council candidate Cal Woods has received the endorsement of a local labor group. The South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has endorsed Woods in his run to represent Ward 3, which includes the area of Des … Continue reading

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Speak out – Union Made Collegiate apparel

Next Thursday: hear from workers from the only unionized collegiate apparel factory in the world. (You can buy union-made Hawkeye shirts from Alta Gracia at the UI Bookstore in Old Cap or at hawkshop.com). Join Alta Gracia Workers Speak Out … Continue reading

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Strike Board Game

STRIKE! Board Game Now 25% Off Because the AFL-CIO is Listening   TOMORROW’S FUTURE OF REBUILDING UNION MEMBERSHIP STARTS TODAY WITH OUR LISTENING SESSIONS AND A PRO-UNION AND EDUCATIONAL BOARD GAME THAT CAN HELP BY:   §  Educating younger and … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

September 20: Upton Sinclair, socialist and author of The Jungle—published on this day in 1906—born in Baltimore, Md. (1878); According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the … Continue reading

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Seniors and the Afordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the “hot topic” right now because the October 1 enrollment date is close at hand. The attached document about Seniors and the ACA has been compiled to answer questions and clarify confusion about the … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History September 19

September 19 Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981

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King at it again – Steve King: Illegal immigrants responsible for deaths of thousands of Americans

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King said at a rally in Nebraska Friday that thousands of Americans have been killed by people who are in the United States illegally. King said a former immigration official once told him the number of deaths … Continue reading

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Iowa Residents Petition Members of Congress to End Political “Hunger Games” in Response to Proposed SNAP Cuts

  Don’t Take Food from Kids While Protecting Corporate Tax Loopholes Des Moines, Iowa  – Iowa Citizen Action Network delivered a petition to US Representative Tom Latham’s Des Moines office today on behalf of nearly 200 Iowans including: anti-hunger advocates, … Continue reading

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More from the Iowa Policy Project

So, in the same week we receive fresh evidence that recovery from hard times has not come quickly in the years following the Great Recession, the U.S. House is considering severe cuts to nutrition assistance through the SNAP program. It’s … Continue reading

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The State of Working Iowa 2013

The Iowa Policy Project Colin Gordon For the past six years, our assessment of the State of Working Iowa has been shaped by background conditions of the Great Recession and the not-so great recovery. Iowa was spared the brunt of … Continue reading

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At Doorstep to ACA Implementation, Iowa Sees Decade Drop in Coverage

By Iowa Fiscal Partnership 9/17/13 Census: 1 in 9 Lack Health Insurance in 2011-12 PDF of this release, 2 pages IOWA CITY, Iowa — As the nation prepares for the 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a steep recession … Continue reading

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It’s time to expand Social Security, not cut it

It’s time to expand Social Security, not cut it. When the chained CPI was proposed, you took action by standing up and speaking out—signing petitions, sending emails, making phone calls and organizing Human Chains against the Chained CPI. Thanks to you, our allies … Continue reading

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Food Bank of Siouxland honors NW Iowa Labor Council with “Legacy Award”

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Honors, today, for local labor unions to thank them for supporting an essential service to thousands of people. Tuesday, the Food Bank of Siouxland honored the Northwest Iowa Labor Council with its first “Legacy Award”. … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History September 18

  September 18: The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is formally founded at an Ohio convention, during a period of serious corruption in the union. (1978); Nine strikebreakers are killed in an explosion at Giant (gold) Mine near Yellowknife, in … Continue reading

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NUHAWK is hosting a semi annual trivia night fundraiser on Saturday September 21,

NUHAWK is hosting a semi annual trivia night fundraiser on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 7pm at the IBEW 1362 Hall.  All proceeds will benefit Operation Backpack, a cooperative with HACAP and local schools, that services disadvantaged children on the … Continue reading

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DAWN’s List in Dubuque!

Please join Democratic Activist Women’s Network of Iowa (DAWN’s List) at Dubuque Labor Temple, 1610 Garfield Avenue from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday 19 September to discuss recruiting women to run for office and running for office! Door will … Continue reading

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Join QC Next Up for a special screening of Brothers on the Line

Join QC Next Up for a special screening of Brothers on the Line, an acclaimed documentary exploring the legacy of the Reuther brothers – Walter, Roy, and Victor – pioneering labor organizers and social justice statesmen, and their remarkable leadership … Continue reading

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Feed your body and your mind at PACG’s First Annual Picnic

Progressive Action for the Common Good’s First Annual Picnic Tickets are now on sale!  (Bill Sherwood 563-271-0234)  Along with the usual picnic goodies, we will have a pie auction, music, and five exceptional speakers.  Place: Rock Island’s Sunset Park and … Continue reading

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