Monthly Archives: March 2014

Coalition of Labor Union Women to Celebrate 40 Years of Union Activism

 Founded in 1974, group returns to Chicago to recognizes heroes and empower activists! In March 1974, 3,200 women union members gathered in Chicago to address issues affecting all women in the workplace.  Their slogan: “We didn’t come here to swap … Continue reading

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Another House Republican Excuse to Block Assistance for the Unemployed

Speaker Boehner’s Discredited Claim that the Bipartisan Senate UI Bill is “Unworkable” Having blocked a vote in the House to extend unemployment benefits for nearly three months, House Republicans are now suggesting it is too late to help America’s job … Continue reading

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Get ready to run for office!

  50-50 in 2020 in collaboration with The Iowa State Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and The University of Iowa N.E.W. Leadership invite women who’ve thought about running for office sometime in the future to a two-day … Continue reading

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Labor News

March 27 Mother Jones is ordered to leave Colorado, where state authorities accuse her of “stirring up” striking coal miners – 1904 (Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America: Her rallying cry was famous: “Pray for the dead and … Continue reading

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A Rivalry That Keeps Giving

For over 30 years Waterloo and Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Unions have been going at in the alley – the bowling alley that is.               For 32 years, these two cities have participated in a Bowl-a-Thon event to raise money for … Continue reading

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“Raise the Wage Iowa” launches

A coalition of over 20 groups intends to stage a “long-term campaign” in support of raising the minimum wage. “In the upcoming weeks and months we’ll be taking our fight to the streets,” Iowa Citizens Action Network executive director Sue … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 26 San Francisco brewery workers begin a 9-month strike as local employers follow the union-busting lead of the National Brewer’s Association. and fire their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along, kept producing … Continue reading

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Senator says governor should “terminate” managers who inked confidential settlements with fired workers

A Democrat who is a member of the legislature’s Oversight Committee says Iowa’s Republican governor hasn’t done enough to respond to news of 24 confidential settlements with fired state workers. Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, says Governor … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Lawmakers need to act on secret agreements

The Iowa Legislature has made clear that state and local governments may not make secret settlements in legal disputes. Yet, some state agencies continue to negotiate agreements that explicitly prohibit public disclosure of settlement details. Six examples of this practice … Continue reading

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Campaign launches to highlight increased minimum wage during 2014 election season

A group of small business owners and labor and religious leaders, guided by the liberal Progress Iowa advocacy group, will campaign across Iowa this year for an increased minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Iowa Coalition will hold informational meetings … Continue reading

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Another view: A dangerous myth that ‘you’re paid what you’re worth’

Written by Robert Reich It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. … Continue reading

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I’m 27 years old, I’m trying to finish my college degree and I work at Walmart.

I started working there while I was in college and stayed because I was promised an opportunity to have a career. But, three years later, I’m not in a better position at Walmart. I make $9.25 an hour and I … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Feds need to dig into Wahlert allegations

State agencies have a lot of power. They can deny you Medicaid benefits, revoke your driver’s license, label you a child abuser or decide you won’t get unemployment benefits. You can appeal such actions to an administrative law judge. That … Continue reading

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10 more state agencies found to have secret settlements; Branstad: ‘Iowans deserve better’

At least 10 more state agencies have entered into secret settlement agreements, Gov. Terry Branstad said today as he took responsibility and vowed that “heads will roll” if it happens again. “It is unacceptable.  Iowans expect more from government. Iowans … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 24 Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: … Continue reading

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Friday Reflections: On Taxes and Politicians

by Joshua Schipp March 21, 2014 at 9:42am There is, without any doubt, a growing ideological fault line between the Republican and Democratic Party in America. This fault line runs deep, and jagged, from the local city hall all the … Continue reading

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The present, past, and future of collective bargaining

By Peter Rachleff, Conversations Between the Past and the Present March 19, 2014 Recent experiences suggest that the generations-old practice of collective bargaining as the normal, if not dominant, method of negotiating the terms of unionized employment is losing its legitimacy. Notoriously, … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Uses Gap Wage Hike to Expose Walmart Fallacy

  March 21, 2014   As the conversation around raising wages reaches a fever-pitch, the AFL-CIO will launch a new initiative to expose the myth that raising wages is bad for businesses and our overall economy.  The recent announcement by … Continue reading

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Leura Collins: Lost To History

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  By Gunther W. Anderson  UFCW Local 617     Rosa Parks was born on February 4, in 1913. She was part African, part Cherokee-Creek, and part Scot-Irish. She was married in 1932. Her husband’s name was Raymond Parks. They … Continue reading

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New Study Confirms Millions of Latino Workers Will Benefit from Minimum Wage Increase

    Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will make a positive impact on nearly 6.8 million Latino workers who are consistently underpaid and underemployed    Click here to view the report     (Washington, DC, March 21, 2014) – … Continue reading

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