Monthly Archives: December 2013

Labor History December 21 & 22

December 21 Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the … Continue reading

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State Auditor raises more doubts about Iowa Secretary of State’s use of taxpayer dollars

                                        Auditor calls on Secretary of State to develop plan to repay funds          DES MOINES – Findings from an investigation by Iowa’s State Auditor raises new doubts about Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s use … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Progressive History

Iowa has always been at the forefront of civil rights issues. And although Iowa is located in the heart of middle America, it has always been more progressive than most of the states in the Union. Here are some examples: … Continue reading

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Have you seen the headlines lately? The dialogue has shifted – in our favor!

  The upcoming budget deal for 2014 and 2015 excludes cuts to Social Security and Medicare and our friends in Congress are making huge strides in forwarding an agenda to EXPAND Social Security benefits to help deal with our retirement … Continue reading

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Iowa senators divided on congressional budget deal

DES MOINES, Iowa —On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 64-36 to approve a two-year budget deal. The deal will scale back spending cuts across the board, ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system. The deal also reduces the … Continue reading

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Warm Holiday Wishes from all of us at the Labor Center!

It’s been a joy and honor to work with our sisters and brothers in Iowa unions (and beyond) throughout the year.  We hope the end of 2013 finds you and your members well, and we look forward to seeing many … Continue reading

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Schweitzer, to Iowa liberals: “No more war for oil.” (AUDIO)

A Democrat who says he’s considering a run for the White House railed against America’s “longest war” and highlighted his eight-year record as a western state governor during a speech in Iowa tonight. Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer mentioned working … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 20 Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote – 1899 The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive … Continue reading

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The Register editorial: ‘Voter fraud’ findings didn’t live up to billing

The timing was perfect for Secretary of State Matt Schultz when he ran for office in 2010. The Republican was able to ride a national wave of trumped-up hysteria about hundreds of non-citizens supposedly voting illegally. Schultz made rooting out … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Juvenile Home decision process was too secretive

Two weeks ago Gov. Terry Branstad said “it’s not true” that decisions were being made behind closed doors about the future of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Earlier this week, however, the governor’s administration abruptly announced the closure of … Continue reading

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Harkin: Constitution’s Framers did not envision a 60-vote supermajority

In the wake of the U.S. Senate action recently to restore the Senate practice that nominees receive an up-or-down vote, there has been a great deal of hyperventilating about whether the rules change is consistent with the intent of our … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Income trend doesn’t bode well for nation

As the political discussion moves from health care, immigration reform and the threat from China, Americans are now being asked to confront income inequality. This is a big problem because Americans have generally denied the existence of class or class … Continue reading

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Dark Money Casts Its Shadow Across Iowa

  Article originally appeared in Iowa Federation of Labor News:http://iowalabornews.com Americans usually associate large cash flows with lots of bling. But when it’s political money masquerading as grassroots politics, the result is much more obscure…hence the term Dark Money. Thanks … Continue reading

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Courts Matter Why?

By Lance Coles, Communications Director, Senate Democrats had enough of the Senate Republicans continuing  to block President Obama’s nominees to courts, and changed the Senate rules on filibusters and blocking presidential nominations, specifically judicial nominations. According to Courtsmatter.org in the … Continue reading

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Many Americans Afraid to Report Injuries on the Job, Says New FindLaw.com Survey

EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 18, 2013 – Nearly ten percent of American adults has been injured on the job but did not report it for fear of retaliation, such as being fired. That’s the finding of a new survey from FindLaw.com, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: The future of G.E.

On Oct. 23 more than 60 people attended a forum at the auditorium to talk about the future of the General Electric plant in West Burlington. Three years ago, workers took $8 million in wage cuts and the company received … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 19 An explosion in the Darr Mine in Westmoreland Co., Pa., kills 239 coal miners. Seventy-one of the dead share a common grave in Olive Branch Cemetery. December 1907 was the worst month in U.S. coal mining history, with … Continue reading

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Victory! State Education Bargaining Unit Votes for AFSCME!

By a vote of 233 to 103, employees in the State of Iowa’s education bargaining unit voted to be represented by AFSCME Iowa Council 61. The results of the mail ballot election were announced by the Iowa Public Employment Relations … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham won’t seek re-election in 2014

In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham said he will step down from Congress after his term ends. “I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014,” Latham, 65, wrote in an … Continue reading

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Democrat Tyler Olson confirms he’s dropping out of Iowa governor’s race

By Jennifer Jacobs and Jason Noble Democrat Tyler Olson announced today that he’s dropping out of the Iowa governor’s race because of disruptions to his family caused by a pending divorce – which leaves Jack Hatch as the top Democratic candidate, … Continue reading

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