Monthly Archives: May 2014

What’s Important to Working Families

By Ken Sagar So the mid-term elections are on the horizon.  The Primary election is June 3rd and the general election is November 4th.  What issues make you want to vote?  How about, “Who will make the economy work for … Continue reading

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ARA Report May 30

The Alliance Releases Annual Voting Record Rating Congress On Thursday, the Alliance released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees. The voting record looks at 10 … Continue reading

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Teachers Are Not a Problem. They Are an Opportunity.

By Peter DeWitt on May 28, 2014 4:38 AM Today’s guest blog is written by Andy Hargreaves. Andy is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Woody Allen quipped that when we … Continue reading

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Statement: Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) Calls for New Leadership at VA

  “Our veterans and service members sacrifice for our nation and they deserve access to timely and quality care when they return home. As a decorated and service disabled veteran himself, Secretary Shinseki certainly understands that. With Democrats and Republicans … Continue reading

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Don’t’ Be Fooled

I’ve heard recently the Postal Service has notified customers they have to move their mail boxes to centralized delivery points and they will no longer receive delivery to their houses or businesses. Well, to be clear –it isn’t TRUE! You … Continue reading

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Postal Service under attack – again!

  Congress’ track record regarding the Postal Service has not been good, to say the least. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is another attack on postal employees and service standards. And that is no different as we approach … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 31 The Johnstown Flood.  More than 2,200 die when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.  Neither they nor … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Cronyism Alive and Well in the Branstad Administration

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If you’re keeping score, there have been many news accounts of the unfolding scandals around the Branstad Administration, but in this article we attempt to put all of the pieces together.  What started as an investigation into employees who were … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Slams North Carolina ‘Imminent Disturbance’ Rule with New Video

May 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a show of solidarity with progressive activists and faith leaders in North Carolina, the AFL-CIO released a video slamming the North Carolina state legislature for establishing undemocratic ‘imminent disturbance’ rules, aimed at … Continue reading

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EUGENE PORTER

Iowa City Eugene David Porter, 70, of Iowa City, died peacefully Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Briarwood Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. The … Continue reading

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2014 MIDWEST SCHOOL FOR WOMEN WORKERS

registration deadline extended June 22-26, 2014, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus This annual leadership school is a place where women unionists strengthen their knowledge of the labor movement and develop skills to become more active in their unions.  This year’s … Continue reading

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We are your neighbor –

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Royce Peterson came here 22 years ago for a traveling construction job, and never left. Peterson is a member of Carpenters local 1260, he works for the Regional Council as a Business Rep and is the treasurer for the Iowa … Continue reading

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State appeals, claims anti-Branstad pin should be banned

Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration illegally prohibited state employees from wearing pins that unfavorably show the governor, an administrative law judge has ruled. The pins, distributed by union leaders, shows an unflattering black and white photograph of Branstad’s face bisected by … Continue reading

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Out Front at Outback: Worker Center Partnership in Action in Iowa

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Earlier this month, 80 people crowded into the entrance of an Outback Steakhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and asked to see the manager. Instead of a table reservation, they were there to demand $2,300 in unpaid wages that Kossiwa Agbenowossi, … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on the Ongoing Deportation Crisis

  May 28, 2014 “We face a grave moral crisis on immigration reform.  Our long-held belief is that every possible step that could be taken should be taken with great urgency.  We reiterate our urgent plea that all political leaders, … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 30 The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American … Continue reading

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Primary Elections June 3 – Go VOTE!

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              There are several primary elections around the state that will take place on June 3. The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday May, 23 at 5 PM. You can go to the Secretary of State’s web page to verify if … Continue reading

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Q-C delivers 101,145 pounds for food drive

Quad-City residents once again showed their concern for the less fortunate of our community by their tremendous response to this year’s National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, held Saturday, May 10. For the 22th consecutive year, the simple act … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 29 Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a … Continue reading

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AFSCME Iowa Council 61 endorses Rettig

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) PEOPLE Committee announced that it has endorsed Janelle Rettig for Johnson County supervisor. The organization is known for their political action program that is financed with voluntary contributions. … Continue reading

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