Monthly Archives: July 2014

Vilsacks at reception of Hatch/Vernon

Friends:  Tomorrow at 6 PM-7 PM, Tom and Christie Vilsack will be attending a reception in support of the Hatch/Vernon campaign.   Jack wanted me to invite you to attend free of charge.  The event will be held at the Wakonda … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on new Federal Workforce Legislation

July 24, 2014   The AFL-CIO applauds Congress for the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law by President Obama this week. The legislation is the final product of more than eleven years … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 5th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Increase

  July 24, 2014 Today is a reminder of what is possible with just an ounce of political will.  If our leaders have the courage, they can lift millions of hardworking Americans out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 25 Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people … Continue reading

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Sign the Petition for immigration relief

The AFL-CIO is calling for a week long action, seeking immediate relief for immigrants in this country so that they can work and live without fear of broken and damaging immigration policies. As President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, states … Continue reading

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As ALEC heads to Dallas, who’s paying the bills

As ALEC heads to Dallas, who’s paying the bills Posted by Jay Riestenberg on July 22, 2014 The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive, corporate-backed, lobby will have its annual conference next week in Dallas. More than 1,000 state lawmakers from across the … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 24 The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA’s agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on “Corporate Inversion”

July 22, 2014   Let’s call “corporate inversion” for what it is: a gaping, unpatriotic tax loophole. It’s time for Congress to close it and end this outrageous practice.   In recent months, corporations have exploited this tax dodging loophole … Continue reading

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“Stop Closing SSA Field Offices and Cutting Vital Services!”

Over the last few years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has seen its budget drastically cut by Congress, resulting in 11,000 fewer staff to provide customer service to the roughly 25 million Americans who visited Field Offices in 2013. Today … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 23 Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what … Continue reading

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Political Mobilization Class – July 24

Political Mobilizing: Labor Captain Program  Thursday July 24th 4:30-5:00pm dinner; 5:00pm-8:00pm class  Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25 Hall – 4600 46th Ave Rock Island    The University of Iowa Labor Center will build off of the initial success and structure … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Obama’s Executive Order Protecting Federal Employees from Gender Identity Discrimination

July 21, 2014   Working people believe in equality and fairness. That’s why we are happy to stand with President Obama in supporting protections for workers who are discriminated against on the basis of gender identity. It is wrong for … Continue reading

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What New Iowans Contribute to the State Economy

What New Iowans Contribute to the State Economy EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By Heather Gibney and Peter S. Fisher July 2, 2014 IPP Policy Brief (14 pages, plus 2-page executive summary, PDF) Executive Summary (2 pages, PDF) News Release Immigrants are important … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Capitol Hill Event Puts Focus on Older Unemployed Workers On Wednesday, Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance, teamed up with several Members of Congress, the Center for Effective Government, and other advocacy organizations to draw attention to older unemployed … Continue reading

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Lee County Win Meetings

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22, we have two Lee County WIN Meetings : 4PM Fort Madison; 6PM Keoluk. Hope to see you there!

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Labor History

July 21 Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” – … Continue reading

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Play for Poker for a Good Cause

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We need you and your fellow union members to come play poker on Arsenal Island for a very good cause.   Come and play to show your solidarity with our sisters and brothers of AFSCME 2371, … Continue reading

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Party with Patrick

Join Patrick Hughes as we make him listen to us talk about him at the PARTY WITH PATRICK Patrick Hughes and the Iowa City Federation of Labor are inviting you to party with Patrick: Saturday, July 26th 3:00pm – 6:00pm … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 19 Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women’s Rights and call for women’s suffrage – 1848 (Public Speaking in Easy Steps: The women who spoke at the Women’s Rights Convention knew how … Continue reading

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Harkin scolds Branstad for not welcoming immigrant kids

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin scolded Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday, said the Republican governor’s stance against welcoming detained Central American children to Iowa is contrary to the state’s traditions. “I am disappointed that Gov. Branstad has stated that we somehow shouldn’t … Continue reading

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