Daily Archives: August 13, 2014

Anti-Schilling Protests

August  11, 2014 Local labor unions say Bobby Schilling is out of touch with working Americans. This morning, the Quad City Federation of Labor held a protest in Rock Island against the former 17th district congressman. The Colona Republican candidate is … Continue reading

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Getting to the truth of Iowa’s tax facts

Iowans are taxed more lightly than the national average, and at a lower rate than most surrounding states. The corporate income tax collected by the state is much below the national average. Both points have been made many times in … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 14 President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, providing, for the first time ever, guaranteed income for retirees and creating a system of unemployment benefits – 1935 Members of the upstart Polish union Solidarity seize the Lenin shipyard in … Continue reading

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Iowa Forms Sixth LULAC Council

August 12, 2014 | Author Paul Deaton (EDITOR’S NOTE: While some seek to disenfranchise U.S. citizens, others are registering voters. On Aug. 4, the League of Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) announced formation of its sixth council in Storm … Continue reading

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BANDITS TO HOST CELEBRATION & APPRECIATION OF SENATOR TOM HARKIN FOR 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO IOWA

Bobblehead giveaway Sunday Aug. 17, with first pitches by Senator Harkin, Davenport Mayor Gluba DAVENPORT, Iowa. (August 7, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits will give away a bobblehead of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at Modern Woodmen Park at … Continue reading

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Event for Patrick Hughes August 16

Patrick’s family has chosen a couple venues for people to participate in to remember and reminisce: Next Saturday, August 16th    2:00pm – 4:00pm  Kirkwood Room  515 Kirkwood Avenue (next to Lensing Funeral Home) Followed by: 4:00pm – 6:00pm  Center … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Check Out Alliance Activists in Action at Birthday Events from Coast to Coast With Medicare celebrating its 49th birthday last week and Social Security’s 79th birthday coming up on Thursday, August 14th, Alliance members have been holding celebrations across the … Continue reading

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Local activist, community ‘giant,’ honored after death

Friends and colleagues Thursday were remembering longtime Iowa City Federation of Labor President Patrick Hughes as a dedicated community leader with a passion for workers’ rights. Hughes, 65, of rural Oxford, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospice of melanoma. Hughes served … Continue reading

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Iowa is spinning its wheels on the minimum wage

IPP’s Heather Gibney takes on myths with the real numbers In a guest opinion in today’s Iowa City Press-Citizen, IPP’s Heather Gibney challenges common talking points by those who would block reform of the minimum wage, which has been stagnant … Continue reading

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Finally, Obama Uses Power of ‘Phone and Pen’ for Workers

Drawing wide praise from union leaders, President Barack Obama last week signed an executive order designed to crack down on federal contractors guilty of breaking labor law or have compiled excessive workplace health and safety violations. The order was Obama’s … Continue reading

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Labor History

  August 13 Striking miners at Tracy City, Tenn., capture their mines and free 300 state convict strikebreakers. The convicts had been “leased” to mineowners by officials in an effort to make prisons self-supporting and make a few bucks for … Continue reading

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Study Finds Greater Rural Reliance on Food Stamps

John Michaelson, Public News Service-IA http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-11/rural-farming/study-finds-greater-rural-reliance-on-food-stamps/a41028-1 Join the discussion: facebook.com/PublicNewsService  Twitter: @pns_news  @pns_IA (08/11/14) DES MOINES, Iowa – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new … Continue reading

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