Monthly Archives: November 2013

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Rules Reform

November 21, 2013   Time and again, Republican Senators have put political obstruction ahead of what’s best for America. Their unprecedented abuse of the Senate rules is a naked attempt to nullify the last election by denying President Obama his … Continue reading

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Harkin, Reed, Stabenow Unveil Plan to Preserve Assistance for Jobseekers

  Senators introduce Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 to preserve UI for one year WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an effort to stabilize the economy and prevent 1.3 million Americans from having their federal jobless benefits cut off, Senator Tom Harkin … Continue reading

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Labor History November 22

  November 22 Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You are on strike against God” – 1909 The district president of the American Federation of Labor and two other white men … Continue reading

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Stop and give thanks for sacrifice

By Rick Moyle   —-   As we enter in to the holiday season, stop and think about those who came before us and sacrificed to make the world a better place. This is the season when we thank folks … Continue reading

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Soaring Corporate Profits Continue to Outpace Wage Increases

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By Gunther W. Anderson In the previous Can Opener I provided a demonstration of the alarming difference between corporate profit and individual middle-class profit. I also made brief mention of the slim hope most of the working class have of … Continue reading

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Inequality in the Extreme

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By Gunther W. Anderson I had done some work on a demonstration of the difference between what the corporations in the U.S. are earning and what average lower-middle class individuals who work for those corporations earn. The thought was to … Continue reading

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Happy Minimum Wage Online Day of Action Day!

 Today we’re asking folks to take action calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage.  You can do this by sharing one of the many graphics we have on Facebook and Twitter and also take action online that will connect … Continue reading

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Labor History November 21

November 21 Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts – 1927 The 1,700-mile … Continue reading

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Former Iowa City Fed President, Ryan, passed away

RIP Dennis Ryan. Former President of Iowa City Federation of Labor. I received an email Monday night from Patrick Hughes that Dennis Ryan, member of IBEW 405 passed away Monday night from a protracted illness. Dennis was a long time … Continue reading

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Support Hope Creek Care Center

Dear Labor Leader,    Please plan on arriving at the Rock Island County Building tomorrow (1504 3rd Avenue 3rd Floor) at 5:15pm to showcase your support of Hope Creek Care Center.   The sisters and brothers of AFSCME 2371 need … Continue reading

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Labor History November 20

  November 20 First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society – 1816 (The Lexicon of Labor is an invaluable resource for all unionists, from rank-and-file activists to newsletter editors and webmasters to union leaders. It offers readable, informative … Continue reading

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GO VOTE – November 19 for Mark Davitt

There is a special Election for Senate District 13 – Today November 19 What are your voting plans? Go before work? On your lunch? After work? It doesn’t matter when you vote, as long as you do VOTE! Mark Davitt is … Continue reading

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Navigators’ will help Iowans enroll in insurance programs

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa will host enrollment events this week to provide assistance to individuals enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace. VNS of Iowa is one of three organizations in Iowa to receive a federal grant to connect … Continue reading

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Call Grassley to stop the Sequestration

Have you ever seen a movie, thought it was awful, and then been horrified to learn there was actually going to be a sequel? That’s how I feel about yet another looming fight over our country’s budget. “The Budget Battle: … Continue reading

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Letter to Editor in QCOnline

The relationship between government and corporate America is interesting. Politicians provide corporations with public money in the form of tax abatements and economic development dollars like TIFs that rob the school, police and fire and public works of desperately needed … Continue reading

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Records on Iowa union workers’ firings stay secret

Published Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 3:22 am Records on Iowa union workers’ firings stay secret More Sharing ServicesShare Share on twitter Share on email IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s practice of keeping secret some … Continue reading

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Wind plant workers air safety concerns

Workers at a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Newton are seeking to join a union citing concerns over safety and workplace conditions. Employees at the TPI Composites plant will vote in December on whether they should become members of … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 19 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” – 1915 (The Man Who Never Died: The … Continue reading

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Little Golden Book of Job-Counting

Over at the Iowa Policy Project, Colin Gordon put together a nifty primer that explains how to count jobs.  It’s pretty simple and straightforward. But I think I can help Gordon make his points even simpler, because I grew up on a … Continue reading

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Thank You Georgia

Georgia Afl-cio 8:50am Nov 15 We love your FACEBOOK PICTURES SO MUCH WE MADE A DEDICATION VIDEO FOR YOU. KEEP UP THE GREAT PICTURES. DeLane Georgia AFL-CIO http://www.facebook.com/l/cAQGGHGRWAQHRqN9GtM3QsbVjRMkvZDdLX6aHKVMEQ1pLoA/animoto.com/play/aSQoyg0g1ukhWDMkJCyprg

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