Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tea Party Shutdown 2

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Newt’s revenge: Child labor makes a comeback

Months after the Tea Party’s 2010 election triumph, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker made international news when activists occupied the Capitol in opposition to his anti-union gambit. But a report being released Thursday suggests Americans dramatically underestimate the scope and ambition of … Continue reading

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AFSCME endorses Tyler Olson in Democratic Primary for governor

October 30, 2013 By O. Kay Henderson One of the state’s largest and most active unions has endorsed Democrat Tyler Olson’s bid for governor. “Today is a very important day in the race for governor,” said Danny Homan, president of … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 01 Nation’s first general strike for 10-hour day; Philadelphia – 1835 Thirty-seven black striking Louisiana sugar workers are murdered when Louisiana militia, aided by bands of “prominent citizens,” shoot unarmed workers trying to get a dollar-per-day wage. Two strike … Continue reading

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Central Iowa construction trades union group backs Hatch for governor

The Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed state Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines in his campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. The statewide primary is next June. “Jack Hatch has shown a commitment to … Continue reading

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UFCW endorses Kajtazovic

WATERLOO | Iowa state Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic earned a union endorsement last week as two locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union backed the Waterloo Democrat running for Congress. Kajtazovic is one of five Democrats vying for the … Continue reading

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Harkin Applauds Senate Confirmation of Richard Griffin to Serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board

  Harkin is Chair of the Senate Labor Committee WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the nomination of Richard Griffin to … Continue reading

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‘Ghostbusters’ Costume Fitting for Governor Branstad

  Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad has announced his Halloween costume plans. The Governor will be dressed as a Ghostbuster, he announced yesterday at a Des Moines middle school. “The Ghostbusters costume is a perfect fit for Governor Branstad. His … Continue reading

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Davenport Firefighters host candidate forum

By Tracy Leone Davenport IAFF Candidate Forum Photos Davenport, Iowa – On Monday, October 28, the Davenport Fire Association, Local 17, hosted a candidate forum at the East Village Theater in Davenport. IAFF 17 had earlier hosted a forum for … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Confirmation of Richard Griffin as NLRB General Counsel

October 29, 2013 Earlier this year, a full complement of National Labor Relations Board members were confirmed for the first time in more than a decade. With today’s confirmation of Richard Griffin to serve as General Counsel, the NLRB is … Continue reading

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Labor History October 31, 2013

October 31 George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in … Continue reading

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Senate Advances Nomination of Richard Griffin to Serve as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board

  Harkin, Chair of Senate Labor Committee, Applauds Senate Action WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to advance the nomination of … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Senate Manufacturing Jobs for America Initiative

October 29, 2013   The AFL-CIO applauds the Senate Democrats for pulling together this broad legislative package to support domestic manufacturing. This is an example of the results-oriented approach Congress should be taking to invest in growth and create jobs, … Continue reading

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Harkin Welcomes Upcoming Senate Vote on Bipartisan, Employment Non-Discrimination Act

  WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement in response to an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, would … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Franchise fee increase makes the most sense

Early next year, the books should finally be closed on a lengthy and costly legal battle over Des Moines’ fees from gas and electric utility customers. That is except for one thing: The city must figure out how to repay … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History October 30

  Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers “in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns” to try to catch them using drugs – … Continue reading

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Labor Center to hold ACA class on Saturday

CEDAR FALLS — On Saturday, union members and their family will gather to hear information about the Affordable Care Act from the University of Iowa Labor Center. The class is open to the public. The event will be held from … Continue reading

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America’s veterans shouldn’t be held hostage when Congress won’t do its job. Period.

That’s why I’m calling on Congress to pass legislation that protects veterans in the event of another government shutdown. This legislation, called the Putting Veterans Funding First Act, would require Congress to fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs a … Continue reading

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Iowa Central Labor Councils have made endorsements for the following candidates:

There are a number of elections going on at the end of this month and in November that are important to the labor movement.                             Waterloo—Black Hawk Union Council – Buck Clark for Waterloo Mayor; Tavis Hall and Pat … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Congress should play ‘fair’ with seniors

The agreement by the U.S. House and Senate to fund the government until Jan. 15, and to raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 is good news for me and so many retirees in my community. Thank goodness the government … Continue reading

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