Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

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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