Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hyatt boycotts

While the global Hyatt boycott has ended, there are a number of local Hyatts with continuing labor disputes including boycotts, which we urge you to continue to support.  Please support the workers in these hotels by continuing to boycott the … Continue reading

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Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert

U.S. Ranks Just 19th in Retirement Security WorldwideU.S. retirees are facing worse conditions for their golden years than retired workers in many other developed countries — from Canada and the United Kingdom to South Korea, CNN reports. The U.S. ranked … Continue reading

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Another View: Former Iowa congressman despairs loss of better times

Former Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell can look back on a long life of success and service. In an ideal world, he and the rest of his generation would be able to rest easy in the knowledge that America is a … Continue reading

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Clean Line would carry wind power across Iowa

Sabre Industries in Sioux City, Iowa, has been tapped to manufacture up to 3,000 steel utility poles for a high-voltage transmission line that, if approved, would carry wind power from northwest Iowa to Illinois. The cost of the transmission project … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 01 The Granite Cutters National Union begins what is to be a successful nationwide strike for the 8-hour day. Also won: union recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure and a minimum wage scale – 1900 Joseph Curren is born … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 28 U.S. Supreme Court finds that a Utah state law limiting mine and smelter workers to an 8-hour workday is constitutional – 1898 (Actually Leap Year Feb. 29) The minimum age allowed by law for workers in mills, factories, … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on New EPI Study: Stop Currency Manipulation and Create Millions of Jobs

  February 26, 2014   Creating good jobs here at home is a top priority for working families.  But a little known practice is undermining that effort – that practice is foreign currency manipulation.  Today’s study by the Economic Policy … Continue reading

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Raise the Wage Iowa

Help raise the minimum wage in Iowa. https://www.facebook.com/raisethewageiowa

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Labor History

February 27 Legendary labor leader and socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs becomes charter member and secretary of the Vigo Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Five years later he is leading the national union and in 1893 helps found the … Continue reading

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AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Night Out at the Iowa Energy

  AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Night Out at the Iowa Energy What: Iowa Energy Basketball When: Friday, February 28, 2014 Time: 7:00 PM Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA Cost: $6 Corner Seats, $10 Sideline Seats Tickets Must Be … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministerial Meeting in Singapore

February 25, 2014   We are troubled by today’s announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment talks are nearing completion, as working families have raised many concerns about this trade deal.    As the Administration moves quickly to finalize … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 26 Congress OKs the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on “business agents” who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons unions supported the measure: employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Industry Trade Advisory Committees Eligibility

  February 24, 2014   For too long, the Industry Trade Advisory Committees established under the Trade Act of 1974 have excluded labor representation. Today’s announcement that labor unions will now explicitly be considered to be U.S. organizations eligible to … Continue reading

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Why We Buy American – Jobs!

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First Funnel List – Iowa

All – attached is the first funnel list of eligible bills prepared by the House Democratic Research Staff.  It includes all bills that have been approved by a House or Senate Committee. Click Here for list

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Labor History

February 24 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women, justified as necessary to protect their health. A laundry owner was fined $10 for making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a … Continue reading

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Buy Union laptops, desktops and tablets

Sisters, Brothers and Friends, If you’re in the market for a new laptop, desktop or tablet.  Or you need help with software solutions please consider Union PC as your next vendor.  I can testify that these folks are great to … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislative Update

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer IFL This week in the legislature there was a lot of action, with it being a “funnel week.”  “Funnels” are deadlines that are set by the legislature to narrow down the amount of bills being considered.  … Continue reading

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Legislators issue statement after Iowa Supreme Court agrees to hear Governor’s appeal

    Four legislators – Senators Steve Sodders and Jack Hatch and Representatives Mark Smith and Pat Murphy — who joined a lawsuit to block the closing of the Iowa Juvenile home today issued a  statement upon learning the Iowa … Continue reading

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Joe Henry for City Council Voter Canvass

  Please join us on Saturday, February 22nd, for the Joe Henry for City Council voter canvass. We need volunteers to help with door knocking and phone calls. Just a couple of hours can make a huge difference. We will … Continue reading

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