Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Minimum wage — why Iowa is behind

When we start talking about raising the minimum wage in Iowa the most important point is that we’ve been at $7.25 since Jan 1. 2008, more than a year before the federal minimum rose. And every year that goes by … Continue reading

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Quad City Federation of Labor agrees, “Yes! Makes Cents for Students”

Rock Island, IL— The Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO proudly and unanimously endorses the March 18th referendum concerning the 1% sales tax increase for Rock Island County’s schools. Voters will have a very clear choice: we either want what … Continue reading

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Trans Pacific Partnership Teach-in

Join us on Thursday, March 13th 6:30PM at the Ames City Council Chambers for a Trans Pacific Partnership Teach-In!   RSVP here: http://bit.ly/MyErUh   Be there to learn about the proposed policies that would send jobs overseas, take away the … Continue reading

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Reflecting National Trends, Vast Majority of Iowans Say They Support a Higher Minimum Wage:

Senator Tom Harkin   Nearly two-thirds of Iowans support raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25, according to a new Des Moines Register poll released yesterday.  Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Labor Council Blood Drive

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Quad City Class Cancelled

The March 6th Advanced Health Benefits Bargaining Class that was scheduled to be hosted at the USW Local 105 from 9am-3pm this Thursday has been cancelled. The remainder of our 2014 Education Curriculum will go on as scheduled. Please call … Continue reading

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Iowa City Federation of Labor Women Workers Conference

Sponsored by the Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO with support from the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Presented by The University of Iowa Labor Center A one-day education conference free and open to all area union members interested in … Continue reading

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Proud to be a member of AAUW

Recently, while attending a meeting of the Rock Island/Moline AAUW, I focused on our banner hanging in front of the speaker’s podium at Butterworth Center, Moline. The key words “equity,” “advocacy,” “research,” “education” and “breaking barriers” were spread along a … Continue reading

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Minimum wage: What do Iowa’s six congressmen think?

Here’s what Iowa’s delegation told The Des Moines Register (in order of seniority): READ MORE

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65% favor higher minimum wage

As the minimum wage becomes the left’s big issue going into the 2014 elections, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows 65 percent of Iowans favor raising it from its current $7.25 an hour. Thirty-one percent oppose increasing it. … Continue reading

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The Cost of Living in Iowa 2014

When the Median Wage Just Isn’t Enough to Make Ends Meet Much attention is deservedly focused these days on whether to increase the state and federal minimum wage from its meager $7.25 an hour. It’s been at that level in … Continue reading

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Reason to Smile: More Iowa Children Expected to See the Dentist

PHOTO: More and more children across Iowa and the U-S are expected to gain dental care, as it is an essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit Carl Wycoff   March 3, 2014 DES MOINES, Iowa – It … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 04 In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declares: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – 1801 President William Howard Taft signs legislation creating the Department of Labor. Former United Mine Workers Secretary … Continue reading

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