Monthly Archives: December 2013

South Slope lockout

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Labor Update: Predictions For 2014

As we approach New Year’s Eve, it’s tempting to write a year-end review of all that passed in the preceding twelve months related to labor and politics. But my memory is bad. And I’d sooner not have to think about most of … Continue reading

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Dick Clark was Mandela when Mandela wasn’t cool.

A one-term Democratic senator from Iowa and for years afterward a leader of congressional discussions on apartheid, Clark is now 85 and long gone from the public scene. But the ups and downs of his career are an intriguing back story — … Continue reading

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Robert Reich on unemployment benefits

By Robert Reich As of today, only 1 out of every 4 jobless Americans receives unemployment benefits – even though most of these people paid payroll taxes when last employed. But Republicans don’t believe in social insurance. Also on the … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Before reform, Grassley had a different view of problems

Most members of Congress have accepted that the health reform law is here to stay. Not Sen. Chuck Grassley. As an already unproductive Congress was wrapping up its 2013 work, Iowa’s senior senator delivered a message on the floor of the … Continue reading

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Another View: The right should support a higher minimum wage, too

I’ve heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: “You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?” Of course, that’s not a real argument. Yet … Continue reading

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Panel on Minimum Wages – Hawkeye Labor Council

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Iowa View: Congress wrong to leave without extending tax cuts

Congress should be working every day to help create jobs and grow the economy. So why did Congress go home for the holidays without extending three important tax cuts that expire on Dec. 31, making college more expensive for Iowa students, hindering growth in … Continue reading

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Iowans need to ask: Why the disparity for women?

If you care about whether women have political power, you need to pay attention to the courts. That’s the message that Tulane University political science professor and author Sally Kenney, an Iowa native, had at a panel discussion Thursday on … Continue reading

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The Meaning of a Decent Society

It’s the season to show concern for the less fortunate among us. We should also be concerned about the widening gap between the most fortunate and everyone else. Although it’s still possible to win the lottery (your chance of winning $648 million … Continue reading

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Open Discussion in West Burlington about the Future of the GE Plant

Three years ago, General Electric threatened to close its West Burlington manufacturing plant if workers didn’t agree to nearly $8 million in cuts to wages and benefits. GE also negotiated with the City of West Burlington, the State of Iowa, and … Continue reading

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Center for Worker Justice Grows

After Omer arrived in Iowa City from Sudan, he first found work through a temp agency working on a fast-paced production line at a local factory. Instead of giving him a paycheck, the agency assigned him a debit card and … Continue reading

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Expect a Short Session in 2013

Typically in election years, there is a rush to finish the legislative session quickly so that legislators can start campaigning against their challengers.  This year appears to be no exception.  The legislative session will start in January, and while the … Continue reading

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Get a Cluw

The Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Iowa Federation of Labor are looking for a few good women ( and men ). CLUW- Coalition of Labor Union Women was formed in 1974 as a national organization for union women. … Continue reading

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This Week in Labor History

December 23 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Co. in St Louis, where the Metal Polishers were striking for a 9-hour day – 1908 Construction workers top out … Continue reading

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TPP – NAFTA on Steroids

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By Lance Coles, Communications Director               The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “it’s a steamroller that will be more crushing to American jobs and the middle class than the wave of outsourcing  unleashed  by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in … Continue reading

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Pinnacle Misses the Mark with Lean Manufacturing

By Gunther W. Anderson, UFCW Local 617  Author’s note: the majority of the examples cited in this article reference the Packaging Department. This is not meant to imply that these sorts of problems exist exclusively or even primarily in Packaging. … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz have anything to do?

Iowa has 2,123,024 registered voters as of Dec. 2. We have had the 2011 local elections, 2012 primary and general elections, and 2013 local elections, as well as a number of special elections, with more than 2 million votes cast … Continue reading

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Hourly Workers Fed Up with Lack of Respect from Management

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By Bob Anderson UFCW Local 617 member             Ever ask yourself, what does my boss do? Sit and think about it for a minute… What does my boss do? Now ask yourself, what do I get done everyday?             Obviously … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Budget Deal The Affordable Care Act is Working for Millions of Americans, Including Seniors Happy Holidays from the Alliance

The Alliance for Retired Americans Senate Passes Budget Deal This Tuesday, the Senate voted to end debate on a two-year budget deal and put it up for final passage. On Wednesday, the deal passed the Senate in a 64-36 vote. … Continue reading

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