Monthly Archives: February 2014

ARA Friday Report

President Obama Takes the Chained CPI out of his Fiscal 2015 Budget In a great victory for the Alliance, White House staff has announced that President Obama’s Fiscal 2015 budget will not include a switch to the chained CPI formula … Continue reading

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Basu: ‘Free market’ helps the rich more than poor

There were almost more sponsoring organizations for Thursday’s screening of the unsettling documentary “Inequality for All” than students in the Drake University auditorium. Most in the audience were on the other side of middle age, which underscored a key point … Continue reading

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Honoring Patrick Hughes

Iowa City Federation of Labor President Patrick Hughes tells joke after receiving special award from Board & delegates for 21 years of meritorious service as President of ICFL.   MORE PHOTOS  

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Good News on Chained CPI

Today, it was reported President Obama heeded OUR call and struck the chained CPI cut to Social Security and other programs from his 2015 budget. The 4 million member Alliance for Retired Americans made eliminating the chained CPI our top … Continue reading

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Is ALEC Behind Push In Iowa Legislature To Gut Clean Energy Policies?

Matt Sinovic Executive Director | Progress Iowa Groups Expose Assault By ALEC Fossil Fuel & Utility Members on Clean Energy and Environmental Regulations Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), fossil fuel and utility interests are pushing a comprehensive agenda … Continue reading

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Not working for the majority (Editor’s Inbox)

People in state legislatures are elected to work for the needs of their state’s citizens, not for corporate interests. In 1973 an organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was formed by arch-conservative Paul Weyrich and others to identify … Continue reading

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Labor History

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February 22 Representatives of the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers meet in St. Louis with 20 other organizations to plan the founding convention of the People’s Party. Objectives: end political corruption, spread the wealth, and combat the … Continue reading

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The Rich Get Richer

Top Incomes in Iowa, 1917-2011 AN IPP POLICY SNAPSHOT By Colin Gordon February 19, 2014 IPP Snapshot (3 pages, PDF) Note: The interactive versions of Figures 1 and 2 below offer extra sorting of data to better understand the issue, by … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On the Gap Increasing Wages and the Question of Walmart

February 20, 2014   Gap’s announcement that it will raise its own minimum wage to $9.00 an hour in 2014 and $10 an hour next year represents a major victory by working people in their growing campaign to raise wages … Continue reading

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2014 State of Iowa AFL-CIO Community Services Conference

Hosted By the Hawkeye Labor Council To be held at The Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids, Iowa April 30th – May 2nd   Registration Form Receipt/Acknowledgement will NOT be sent – Please Keep Copy of Completed Form for Your … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 21 A state law was enacted in California providing the 8-hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced – 1868 Transportation-Communication Employees Union merges with Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & … Continue reading

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Harkin: The Economic Case for Raising the Minimum Wage Outweighs Criticisms

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) issued the following statement today following the release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report regarding the minimum wage and its impact on the economy.  Harkin is Chairman of the … Continue reading

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Q-C Area Labor-Management Council adds new board

The Quad-City Area Management Council has elected new board members. They are J.D. Bowlin, Kraft Foods; Lauren Loftin, United Auto Worker Local 1865; Bradley Morris, Deere & Company; Efrain Jimenez, United Food & Commercial Worker Local 1546; and Brad Greve, … Continue reading

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Report: Minimum wage increase would help Iowa economy

A new report from a liberal activist group released today shows that a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour would add about $270 million to the state’s economy. The report, released by Progress Iowa and the Center for American … Continue reading

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Give Iowa Workers a Raise

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STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF HOUSE FILE 2261   An Act relating to wage and salary rates for certain public officials Introduced February 17, 2014 Representatives Anderson, Jacoby, Kearns, Gaskill, Hanson, Hunter, Kajtazovic, Wolfe and I have introduced a bill … Continue reading

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IFL Legislative Conference Photos

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New Poll: Strong Support for Raising Wages in 2014 Battleground States

  Gains for Candidates Who Support Critical Issue View the Poll http://bit.ly/McBmJn   “Politicians who ignore the surging interest in raising wages do so at their own peril”   (Houston, TX, February 19, 2014) – Voters in five diverse, politically … Continue reading

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NUHAWKS Trivia Night

Saturday, February 22, 2014 Linn County Democrats Trivia Night, Presented by the NUHAWKS. 10 Rounds of Suspense and Action-Packed Play! See Details, PDF Flyer Join the Linn County Democrats and the NUHAWKS for the First Time Ever LCDCC Trivia Night … Continue reading

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AFGE President Cox Reelected Chair of AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council

  Labor organization advocates for former military members WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. has been reelected chair of the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council. Cox was reelected by acclamation Feb. 17 during a … Continue reading

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Grievance Procedure At Work

By Robert Cale: The Can Opener               Many of us know Blaine Martin on first shift Flex Can manufacturing. A quiet, stoic, and hardworking man who comes to work each day, does his job and does it well. The type … Continue reading

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