Daily Archives: January 31, 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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