Monthly Archives: April 2014

Braley Marks Workers Memorial Day

  Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today issued the following statement to mark Workers Memorial Day, an internationally-recognized day set aside to honor workers who have been killed or injured while on the job.  “As someone whose family was deeply … Continue reading

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Lee County Memorial Wall on Workers Memorial Day

Lee County Labor Council Honors fallen and injured workers every year, with a ceremony where they post on their Memorial Wall.

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Another Survey Suggests U.S. Middle Class is Falling Behind While income gains for the richest Americans are outpacing their global peers, The New York Times reports that lower- and middle- income tiers in other advanced nations have made greater gains … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on Workers Memorial Day

    April 28, 2014     Workers Memorial Day brings us together to remember the ultimate sacrifices working people make to achieve the American Dream. No worker should die on the job. Every one of the 150 working men … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 28 Coal mine collapses at Eccles, W.Va., killing 181 workers – 1914 A total of 119 die in Benwood, W.Va., coal mine disaster – 1924 United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merges with Pulp, Sulfite & Paper … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day 2014 Events All Around Iowa

Working  families, faith leaders, and local officials will gather around Iowa, Friday through Monday, for a vigil to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and to call on Congress to create safe jobs … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Northwestern University Football Players’ Historic Union Vote

  April 25, 2014       These courageous NCAA football players are making history today – not simply by casting a vote, but by highlighting a much-needed national debate. Whatever the outcome of today’s vote, the AFL-CIO and the American … Continue reading

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Bus tour calls on lawmakers to raise minimum wage

A coalition of liberal groups and labor unions rolled in a bus and two Democratic candidates for Congress to stump for a higher minimum wage outside the Iowa Capitol on Thursday. The event, part of a nationwide “Give America a … Continue reading

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Des Moines Henry County Labor Council Announces Endorsements for June 3rd Primary Election

  Burlington, Iowa, April 24, 2013 – The delegates of the Des Moines Henry County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, voted at their April 14, 2014, Labor Council meeting to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming Primary Election on June 3rd … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 26   The U.S. House of Representatives passes House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was … Continue reading

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Was he at work? Iowa aide sent no emails in last 2 months on the job

A top aide of the Iowa Secretary of State who was paid for seven months following when his position was officially axed sent no emails during the last two months on the job. A top aide to the Iowa Secretary … Continue reading

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Clinton WIN Committee Meeting

Reminder that we are holding our regular monthly WIN meeting in Clinton on Monday, April 28th at 7PM We have Maggie Stafford, Candidate for Recorder  arriving for her interview at 7PM and Gayle Dolan, Candidate for Supervisor will come at … Continue reading

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Join us on Sunday, May 4th, from 1-2pm for a dedication service for Dick Fallow’s Memorial Tree.

Dear Friends, Join us on Sunday, May 4th, from 1-2pm for a dedication service for Dick Fallow’s Memorial Tree. A white swamp oak was planted in Dick Fallow’s honor last fall and is now established. For those who know about … Continue reading

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Patrick Hughes and Iowa City Fed Honored

As a part of Earth Week, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors issued a resolution of appreciation to honor Patrick Hughes (President of the Iowa City Federation of Labor) and the Iowa City Federation of Labor thanking them for their … Continue reading

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Citizenship Day 2014 Highlights Growing Partnership between NPNA and AFL-CIO

15 naturalization workshops planned this Saturday across the country This Saturday’s Citizenship Day 2014 marks another milestone in a campaign spearheaded by the AFL-CIO and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) to help eligible immigrant workers across the country … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 25 The New York Times declares the struggle for an 8-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declare that an eight-hour workday day would bring … Continue reading

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Matt Schultz aide kept $126,000 salary after job was cut

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who is running for Congress as a budget-cutting conservative, allowed his top aide to keep collecting a $126,000 annual salary for months after deciding to eliminate his job, The … Continue reading

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Branstad accused of sweeping allegations against former Vet’s Home chief “under the rug”

There’s still an open investigation of allegations the former commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home mistreated residents of the home, plus new questions are being raised about a previous investigation of allegations the home’s manager sexually harassed and threatened employees. … Continue reading

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Raise the Wage May Day March and Cash Bomb Thursday May 1st

Americans for Democratic Action in partnership with the Raise the Wage Iowa Coalition 5-5:30 Cash Bomb at Popcorn Heaven 403 Franklin St Franklin St. Show your support for a brand new local small business who despite just opening is paying … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day Events Around Iowa

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Workers Memorial Day 2014 Events All Around Iowa Working  families, faith leaders, and local officials will gather around Iowa, Friday through Monday, for a vigil to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and … Continue reading

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