Monthly Archives: January 2014

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Previews the President’s State of the Union Address

January 27, 2014 Listen here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/afl-cio/what-afl-cio-president-richard Transcript: Hi I’m Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. Like many Americans I’m looking forward to listening to President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 28.  As a representative of … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Iowa View: ALEC’s strategy of secrecy is wrong for Iowa taxpayers

As an elected official, my responsibility is to the people I represent, my constituents. Their interest, and the best interest of Iowans, must come first. When I propose legislation or cast a vote in the Iowa Senate, it’s after I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gov. Branstad supports TPP

Note the signers on this “bipartisan” Governors’ letter:  http://tradebenefitsamerica.org/resources/bipartisan-governors-letter-trade Delivered December 23, 2013  Dear Mr. President, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi:  As chief executives of their states and territories, governors have a unique … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Who Backs the TPP and a ‘NAFTA on Steroids’? ALEC

If President Obama uses his State of the Union address to launch a major push for “fast-track” authority to bypass congressional input and oversight on a sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, he will need new allies to generate support around … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Labor History January 28

January 28 American Miners’ Association formed – 1861 First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin – 1932 (Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street: Wisconsin continues to be notable!  Ripped from the headlines, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Iowa union membership drops slightly in 2013

The percentage of union members in Iowa dropped slightly in 2013, according to data released today. Union membership in Iowa dropped to 10.1 percent in 2013, down from 10.4 percent in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Iowa’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ready or not, super PAC pushes Clinton for president

Organizers hoping for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 met in Des Moines on Saturday with Iowa Democrats and labor leaders to initiate an early effort to get the former U.S. secretary of state on the ballot. Ready for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another View: Fear is why workers vote against their own interests

The recent massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to corporate interests of high unemployment, economic insecurity and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Register’s Editorial: Iowa state budget in a straitjacket

Members of the Iowa Legislature have been salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on the state’s budget surplus, which grew to more than $900 million last year. It turns out, however, they will need that money to pay … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The 1890s revolt against the Robber Barons shows what can be achieved

Seeds of a movement: A 21st century Populist renewal is flourishing at America’s grassroots In November, I spoke to an overflow crowd gathered in Duke University’s Lilly Library for Larry Goodwyn’s unusual memorial service. Unusual? Well, it was the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gender Wage Gap for Union Members is Half the Size of Non-Union Workers’ Gap

  Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on union membership for 2013. The following is a quote from Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center: “Women’s union membership held steady … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61: THE RESIDENTS OF SUNNYCREST AND DUBUQUE COUNTY TAXPAYERS DESERVE BETTER

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding information that was reported in today’s Dubuque Telegraph-Herald (http://goo.gl/i9ybss) regarding Health Dimensions Group, which has a contract pending before the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors: … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Photos of South Slope Press Conference

More Photos from the South Slope Press Conference By Tracy Leone

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

South Slope union hosting a ‘Save Our Co-op Rally’

With contract negotiations lingering between management at North Liberty’s South Slope Cooperative Communications and Communications Workers of America officials, union members are hoping a rally might bring a conclusion nearer. South Slope members, employees and community members are invited to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Employees, customers call out SOS: Save Our South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) – South Slope Cooperative Communications has been around eastern Iowa for more than 50 years. Today, the company helps provide telephone, TV, and internet services, mostly to rural areas of Linn and Johnson counties. “One thing that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Community for fair wages and to stop wage theft

Work is considered the salvation from poverty. In an economy where we see a growing gap between rich and poor, it’s more important than ever that work come with dignity and livable wages. While Congress sits on a federal minimum … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Labor History

January 24 Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: “cool before serving” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO February 2014 Schedule of Events

*Affiliate Participation Strongly Encouraged*           Thursday, February 6th – A Better Illinois will kick off their Illinois Quad Cities’ campaign. Come to this informative event from 6pm-7:30 to learn how you can play an important role … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Ted Fehn in nursing home

Sisters and Brothers, A good and welfare issue has come to my attention and I would like to pass it along to my fellow brothers and sisters.  For those of you who don’t remember Ted he is a retired member … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Randy Krueger in Hospital

  Randy Krueger, President of Local 33, of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, was involved in an head injury accident. He will be at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln Nebraska, 5401 South St. Room 147.  Lincoln NE 68506. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment