Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

AFSCME LOCAL 2985 DONATES $775 TO IOWA VETERANS WELCOME CENTER IN CEDAR RAPIDS AT EVENT IN CORALVILLE

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    CORALVILLE – Today AFSCME Local 2985 presented a $775 donation to the Iowa Veterans Welcome Center in Cedar Rapids in an event at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.     “We owe a debt of … Continue reading

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New Cornell ILR, Berger-Marks Report Demonstrates the Continuing Value of Women’s Committees

Washington, DC — The Berger Marks Foundation announces the release of its newest report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations; Still Making a Difference. Written by Lois Gray and Maria Figueroa of the Worker Institute at Cornell, the publication addresses a … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Congressional Budget Office on Minimum Wage

  February 18, 2014       Every time momentum builds for lifting wages, conservative ideologues say it will cost jobs.  Every time they’ve been dead wrong. Being consistently wrong and not caring about workers are the only two things conservative … Continue reading

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Texas radio host fires up Democrats

Jim Hightower, the writer and progressive radio host, brought his brand of Texas populism and a sharp wit to the Quad-Cities Saturday night, accusing rapacious bankers and greedy corporations of unfairly sopping up more than their fair share of the … Continue reading

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While a setback, Tennessee vote shows union progress in the south

  OTTUMWA, IOWA (AP) — Around 1,500 employees at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against joining the United Auto Workers union after a three-day vote that ended Friday. Union support has never been strong in the southern parts … Continue reading

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REPUBLICANS WORK TO SHUT DOWN IOWA WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY

      Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa House Republicans are working on two bills this week that will shut down Iowa’s growing wind energy industry, which currently employees thousands of Iowans.     “Over the last decade, we’ve built … Continue reading

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Iowa City Fed Chili Dinner – Guest Speaker: Jack Hatch

Join us this Thursday evening at 6:00 pm for the *Iowa City Federation of Labor Annual Chili Dinner. *This event is open and free to the public.  Call a friend and tell them you’ll meet them there or pick them … Continue reading

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A Hand Up Is Not a Handout

by Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers     Americans love the notion that we can all pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. Yet in this time when millions of jobs have vanished in the United States, supports for … Continue reading

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Collective Bargaining Class Brings Real Skills to Local Unions

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By Gunther W. Anderson             On January 30th and 31st I had the opportunity to attend a class presented by the University of Iowa’s Labor Center at the Lee County Labor Temple, sponsored by the United Steel Workers’ Local 3311 … Continue reading

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NLRB to investigate possible labor violations by South Slope

The National Labor Relations Board found sufficient evidence to begin an inquiry into whether South Slope Telecommunications Cooperative violated federal labor law, according to a statement released Sunday from the Communications Workers of America. Last November, more than a dozen … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 19 American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department – 1909 A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the … Continue reading

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