Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

He’s compromising your safety

  Is the Branstad Administration paying attention to the issue of escapes? During September there have been six reported escapes from work release facilities in Waterloo, Des Moines, West Union, Fort Dodge, and Ottumwa. One of the two Ottumwa Work … Continue reading

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Picket- protesting government lockout of federal workers

AFGE 2547 is holding an informational picket on HWY6 in front of the Iowa City VA hospital to protest the lock out of federal employees and forced work without pay for others.  100’s of thousands of our members nationwide are … Continue reading

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Davenport primary election October 8

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Immigrants are helping our state

Congress, we need to talk.  You’re just not doing the business of the people lately.  Instead of fixing our crumbling infrastructure, creating jobs, helping main street America, addressing immigration, or anything else for that matter, you’ve chosen to shut our … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Latham should listen to his own advice

We are five days into the government shutdown, and the political hysteria is reaching a fever pitch while Iowans are left wondering what will happen next. House Republicans, including Iowa’s Tom Latham, have dug in their heels and refuse to … Continue reading

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Labor History October 7

Today’s Labor History Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, born in Gavle, Sweden (1879); The Structural Building Trades Alliance (SBTA) is founded, becomes the AFL’s Building Trades Dept. five years later. SBTA’s mission: to provide a form to work out … Continue reading

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Labor Quiz: The Punch

  This Week’s Quiz:  Why did Mineworkers President John L. Lewis punch Carpenters union President William Hutchison during the 1935 American Federation of Labor convention in Atlantic City?  Hutchison had called Lewis “The father of a known thespian”; Lewis was … Continue reading

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Editorial: Dying unions and flat wages in Iowa

Over the past century or two, labor unions brought about several positive changes: better safety standards, eight-hour workdays, health-insurance benefits, pensions, and many other aspects of the workplace that are taken for granted today. But unions’ power has faded substantially … Continue reading

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Woods receives second labor endorsement in Des Moines council campaign

Cal Woods has garnered another endorsement for his Des Moines City Council campaign in Ward 3. Laborers’ Union Local 353 has given its support for the Des Moines realtor and former television reporter. Woods, 57, is running against Christine Hensley, … Continue reading

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Grand Bargain is back

  Reports are coming in: The ‘Grand Bargain’ is back. Republicans in Washington are saying the only way out of the economic crisis they manufactured cuts straight through Social Security and Medicare. The last time we went through this, Republicans … Continue reading

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Government shutdown

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan says the federal government is hurting Iowa families by shutting down parts of the Iowa Workforce Development and parts of the Iowa Department of Public Defense. Homan issued a statement Thursday indicating at … Continue reading

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State says 180 employees impacted by federal shut down

The Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is announcing around 180 temporary layoffs within a couple of state agencies due to the federal government shutdown. DAS spokesperson Caleb Hunter says the layoffs impact approximately 69 employees at Iowa Workforce Development … Continue reading

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