Monthly Archives: January 2014

State of the Union Tweets

During the state of the Union the AFL-CIO organized a tweet party.  

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Its time to raise the minimum wage!

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Basu: Do the right thing, businesses:Pay fair wages

Aah, pizza. Italy’s cheesy, crusty gift to America already sets the standard for the perfect food. Tuesday, pizza made the president’s State of the Union speech for doing something else: setting a standard of fair wages. President Obama highlighted Punch … Continue reading

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In State of the Union, President Calls on Congress to Pass Harkin’s Minimum Wage Increase

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, President Obama called for raising the minimum wage through an Executive Order to $10.10 for federal contract workers in his State of the Union Address.  To give all … Continue reading

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Union Leader Applauds Obama Action Raising Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

    Calls on President to support identical increase for federal hourly workers WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today applauded President Obama’s decision to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers, … Continue reading

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Northwestern football players seek to join labor union

Kain Colter called Tuesday a “historic day,” one that began with a 7:45 a.m. meeting with Pat Fitzgerald in Evanston. Colter informed the Northwestern coach what lay ahead – an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago … Continue reading

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TPP Teach-in at Waterloo

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) of Iowa was joined by the Communication Workers of America State Council of Iowa, the Iowa Alliance of Retired Americans, and about 50 community members that braved the -8 degree weather for tonight’s teach-in on … Continue reading

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In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Diann Woodard, president of AFSA released the following statement:

“Last night, the president’s speech centered around opportunity, action and optimism. He stated that one’s ability to get ahead should not be pre-determined, but based on hard work and ambition,” “The president’s call for a much needed investment in our … Continue reading

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Local liberal group bashes Obama on trade stance

WATERLOO | Both President Barack Obama and Americans for Democratic Action talked about inequality on Tuesday night, but they weren’t speaking the same language. The liberal lobbying group and the Iowa Council of the Communications Workers of America held an … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY LEADERS: PASS EMERGENCY FUNDS TO HELP IOWANS COPE WITH PROPANE CRISIS

Des Moines, Iowa – Two community leaders working to keep Iowans safe during the propane crisis encouraged state lawmakers to approve $1 million quickly to help Iowans struggling to keep their homes warm. “I’ve never witnessed such a devastating hardship … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 31 Some 12,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio, Texas—mostly Latino women—walk off their jobs at 400 factories in what was to become a three-month strike against wage cuts.  Strike leader Emma Tenayuca was eventually hounded out of the state … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA)

  January 29, 2014     We applaud the leadership of College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) and the Northwestern University Football players who are organizing a union. Those players are standing up for themselves and each other in order to … Continue reading

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Nationwide, Bipartisan Survey Finds Strong Voter Opposition to Fast Track Authority for Trade Deals Such as the Trans Pacific Partnership

  Washington, D.C. — A nationwide, bipartisan survey of voters’ attitudes about “fast track” authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership found strong opposition to Congress’s approving “fast track” authorization, with a strong majority of Americans indicating their belief that trade … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Job Markets in 2013

Iowa JobWatch — January 2014 Issued Tuesday, January 28, 2014   IOWA CITY, Iowa (January 28, 2014) — Iowa nonfarm jobs dropped in December — the third decline in five months — while the unemployment rate fell to a post-recession … Continue reading

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Proposal to Raise Tip Wages Resisted

  By STEVEN GREENHOUSE      JAN. 26, 2014 E Tom Boucher, who owns seven restaurants in New Hampshire, said a wage increase would reduce the number of waiters each restaurant employed. Cheryl Senter for The New York Times Nearly 50 years ago, … Continue reading

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The “State of the Union” Includes Growing Income Inequality –

January 28, 2014   DES MOINES, Iowa – President Obama gives his State of the Union speech tonight, and part of the address is expected to focus on income inequality. The gap between the richest Americans and the poorest is … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 29 Responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson orders first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute – 1834 Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the … Continue reading

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Raise the Minimum Wage

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Close the gap between the rich and poor

  Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed, our economy has struggled to fully recover. Stock prices and corporate profits have soared to record highs, while at the same time we have experienced severe economic … Continue reading

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