Monthly Archives: August 2014

What have unions done for us?

Editor’s note: Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of “Cooking … Continue reading

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Joni Ernst thinks it’s ‘ridiculous’ that there’s any federal minimum wage at all

byLaura ClawsonFollow forDaily Kos Labor Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, doesn’t think there should be a federal minimum wage. None. “The minimum wage is a safety net. For the federal government to set the minimum wage … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Presents a Panel Discussion on Advancing Workers’ Rights through Executive Action on Immigration

August 26, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – This afternoon, the AFL-CIO hosted a panel discussion on the need for President Obama to advance the rights of workers by taking executive action on immigration. Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, was … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Joins Diverse Organizations in Signing Ferguson Letter

Letter Calls for the Administration to Address Systemic Racial Bias   (Washington, DC, Aug. 26, 2014) – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined a diverse group of organizations and leaders from all walks of life in signing onto a letter to … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 25 Birth of Allan Pinkerton, whose strike-breaking detectives (“Pinks”) gave us the word “fink” – 1819 Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded at a meeting in New York City.  A. Philip Randolph became the union’s first organizer – 1925 … Continue reading

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Joint Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, FESEBS Secretary General Reynaldo Gonzalez, and CUCG Secretary General Carlos Mancilla on USTR Delay of the Labor Action Plan

  August 25, 2014 We are concerned by the announcement of another extension of the “Mutually Agreed Enforcement Action Plan” to improve labor law enforcement and compliance in Guatemala, but Guatemalan labor federations and the AFL-CIO remain hopeful that this … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Branstad treatment of judges is wrong

Many years ago, Iowa erected a firewall to protect state employees from the shifting whims of bosses elected through the political process. Administrative law judges who hear and decide disputes in state agencies are among those who are protected behind … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Similar motives exist in Perry, Branstad cases

Anyone who pays close attention to Iowa state government might have noticed some striking similarities between the criminal indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a lawsuit filed against Gov. Terry Branstad. Perry is accused by a Texas grand jury … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Hatch right to criticize Branstad on tax credits

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch both approve of using tax credits to encourage investment in Iowa. But neither candidate for governor likes the way the other one has used the credits. Branstad has accused Hatch of … Continue reading

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Senator: Review Iowa’s attempt to ‘thwart’ record release

Recent alerts from Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration to developers about public record requests is an effort to thwart the release of those records and should be reviewed by Iowa officials, a state senator says. On at least two occasions within … Continue reading

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Andrew Cuomo may one day seek presidency, but he lacks the national spotlight: party activists

While the governor publicly dismisses talk of a White House run, his people have hardly discouraged talk that he might one day. The problem for Cuomo, party activists and Democratic insiders say, is that he has done little to be … Continue reading

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Clinton Shadow in Iowa No Threat to Some Democrats

Democrats with presidential dreams are coming to Iowa with little fanfare, entourage or recognition. They are undeterred by talk of a Hillary Rodham Clinton candidacy in 2016 or her plans to visit the leadoff caucus state next month to honor … Continue reading

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Labor Activist Training

On Thursday August 28th, the Quad City Federation of Labor will be hosting a training session from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 Hall (4600 46th Avenue, Rock Island). This training is intended to prepare Iowa and Illinois labor activists … Continue reading

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Labor Day Facts

It is celebrated on the first Monday in September.      In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored. Most of Europe celebrates            May Day.      For … Continue reading

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Dubuque’s unions name grand marshal for annual Labor Day parade

DUBUQUE (KWWL) – Dubuque’s annual Labor Day parade celebrates the Key City’s labor union-rich history and present. This year, members of Dubuque’s United Labor Participation Committee selected long-time local Teamsters leader Dave Baker as the parade’s grand marshal. Baker started … Continue reading

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AFSCME disputes study that state employees are overpaid

The average annual pay for Iowa’s state employees is $60,053, which is 151 percent of the average pay for private sector workers in Iowa, according to a report released today by the conservative Public Interest Institute of Mount Pleasant. The … Continue reading

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Alliance Report

Alliance Members Continue Social Security Birthday Celebrations With Social Security celebrating its 79th birthday last week, Alliance members have been holding events across the country honoring the landmark retirement security program. This week’s events included celebrations with cake and balloons … Continue reading

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Branstad should share his plans

Our governor is pledging to serve his entire sixth term if he’s re-elected this fall. Swell. But good luck figuring out what he wants to do with four more years. At multiple points during last week’s State Fair debate between … Continue reading

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National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Staci Appel for IA-03

2014 Candidate for House of Representatives committed to Women’s Rights   Washington, D.C. – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) proudly endorses Staci Appel as Representative for Iowa’s Third Congressional District. Appel has demonstrated strong leadership during her tenure in … Continue reading

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