Monthly Archives: June 2014

Anti-Branstad pin message ‘abundantly clear,’ union says

Iowa’s largest public employee union says it’s their right to wear a pin uncomplimentary to the state’s governor; state disagrees. The message behind a pin that is uncomplimentary to Gov. Terry Branstad is clear, and it’s the legal right of … Continue reading

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Des Moines firefighter union presses for more staff

Union leaders who have found a new ally on the Des Moines City Council are stepping up their pressure on Fire Chief John TeKippe and city officials to hire more firefighters. Since the March election of City Councilman Joe Gatto, … Continue reading

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What are U.S. workers missing?

Visiting other counties can mean drinking coffee in cafes, museums, night life and relaxing next to the sea. The best trips also include conversations with people from these lands. I just taught a class in Romania and then visited Scandinavia … Continue reading

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Watching Iowa jobs: Don’t miss the deficit

Iowa’s up-again, down-again job picture is looking up again, at least for now. The May numbers from the state show an increase of 6,200 jobs. Coming on the heels of a 3,700 increase in April, this marks the first two-month … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 25 More than 8,000 people attend the dedication ceremony for The Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago, honoring those framed and executed for the bombing at Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886 – 1893 (Inventory of American Labor Landmarks: The … Continue reading

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Successful results for 2014 Food Drive

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June 18, 2014—The NALC’s annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive collected almost 73 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country—an impressive result made all the more necessary by the slow-paced economy recovery and … Continue reading

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300,000 hard-working Iowans deserve pay raise

Iowans are no strangers to working hard. We have a deep history of working full-time, labor intensive jobs in order to provide for ourselves and our families. The minimum wage has been hotly debated in recent years, but the simple … Continue reading

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Low-Wage Villain of the Week: Steve Forbes June 23, 2014

In our new regular feature, we’ll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series we’re going to look past the … Continue reading

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Clinton WIN Meeting – Tonight

Sorry for the lateness in sending the reminder – I was on vacation last week. But we are scheduled to have our regular monthly WIN meeting tonight at 7PM (Schedule is every 4th Monday of the month) AGENDA: 1. July … Continue reading

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Lee County WIN Meeting Cancelled

First – Congratulations to all those who helped get out the vote in the Primary on June 3rd, helping 2 out of 3 endorsed candidates win. I was following the results on the Lee County Auditor’s webpage that night, and … Continue reading

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Time for Iowa to protect workers from ‘wage theft’

It would be one thing if Kossiwa Agbenowassi’s story were just an aberration (“Center fighting for woman’s wages,” June 18). If only it could be dismissed as the absolute worst-case example of an unscrupulous employer taking advantage of an immigrant … Continue reading

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The New York Times Applauds Harkin Bill to Update Outdated Federal Overtime Laws

Today The New York Times applauded a bill introduced this week by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.  The Restoring Overtime Pay for Working Americans Actwould help to restore the 40-hour workweek and overtime protections for … Continue reading

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Six day mail delivery under attack

Saturday delivery is on the chopping block this week in Congress, and I need you to take action today to save it and the future of the Postal Service, which must provide service six days a week to prevent competitors … Continue reading

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Appel Excites Democrats

Nominee seeks to shatter Iowa’s glass ceiling DES MOINES — Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) Democratic nominee for Congress in the 3rd district began her November campaign today in a speech to the Iowa Democratic Convention. “I’m honored to be your nominee … Continue reading

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Statement from 3rd Congressional district candidate Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) on the Republican nominee, David Young:

“I welcome David to the race and I’m looking forward to putting my record up against his.  Voters have a real choice in this election.  I will fight to increase the minimum wage for our workers, provide equal pay for … Continue reading

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Organized Labor Needs to Market Itself

A true story. Following a monthly executive board meeting, the business agent, vice-president and I were casually sitting in the union hall, when a young man walked in carrying brushes, mops and squeegees. He offered to scrub our windows and … Continue reading

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Austin Keyser named AFL-CIO Campaigns Department Midwest Regional Director

I am very pleased to announce that Austin Keyser has been named as the AFL-CIO Campaigns Department’s new Midwest Regional Director. Austin will be working with David Keicher and the team in the Affiliate and Federation Outreach Division. He will … Continue reading

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Workers and Collective Bargaining in Spotlight in Advance of White House Summit on Working Families

Washington, DC, June 20, 2014 – Labor organizations today turn the spotlight on the individual stories of workers who have benefitted from collective bargaining or are fighting for a voice on the job. Today’s stories cap off a week of … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 23 Charles Moyer, president of the Western Federation of Miners, goes to Butte, Mont. in an attempt to mediate a conflict between factions of the miner’s local there. It didn’t go well. Gunfight in the union hall killed one … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Senate Holds Hearing on Social Security Field Office Closures and Service Cuts On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to look at the impact of recent Social Security field office closures and service cuts. Although the … Continue reading

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