Daily Archives: August 28, 2014

Looking back at Labor Day’s turbulent origins

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By Peter Rachleff, Conversations Between the Past and the Present August 19, 2014 Monday, September 1, will mark the 120th celebration of “Labor Day” as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the “Labor Day” holiday? It had a turbulent, … Continue reading

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More Iowa secret settlements identified; cost rises to $700K

A state audit released today identified 11 more secret settlements made by Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration, pushing the cost to taxpayers up to $700,000. In total, 42 secret deals with former employees have now been identified since Branstad resumed office … Continue reading

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Auditor’s report demonstrates need for long-term solution to mismanagement of state agencies

Statement from Senator Petersen, Oversight Committee chair, on the State Auditor’s report on ‘hush money’ and related issues “When the story broke earlier this year about former state employees being offered and paid hush money to keep quiet, few of … Continue reading

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Ernst Position on Renewable Fules and GOP web page

  *UPDATE: IowaGOP.org has suddenly become ‘temporarily unavailable’ just minutes after drawing criticism for including calls to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard in their official Party Platform under the section, IowaGOP.org/About.   The timing of the website coming down seems a … Continue reading

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Labor Almost Invisible on TV Talk Sunday chat shows skip worker representatives

8/28/14 As the Labor Day holiday approaches, ask yourself how often you see unions represented on corporate-owned television. On the highest-profile public affairs shows, the answer is basically never. According to a search of the Sunday morning talkshows for this … Continue reading

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Harkin Steak Fry

I held my first Steak Fry back in 1972. A lot has changed since then, but the Steak Fry has always been about one thing: Good old, down-home, grassroots politics. This year, my good friends Bill and Hillary Clinton are … Continue reading

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Happy Contempt for Labor Day

By Mike Konopacki Labor Day, like most of our national holidays, has lost its meaning and represents the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to be. A day to celebrate American workers is now mostly just another excuse for retailers … Continue reading

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Labor Day Events around Iowa

  This Labor Day, labor organizations across Iowa will be holding events to recognize the working women and men in Iowa. Along with the traditional Labor Day activities. these events will highlight workers who are fighting to raise wages for … Continue reading

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King hints at another shutdown showdown

Republicans in Congress got burned in opinion polls after the 2013 government shutdown. Some, however, including Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Steve King, are already getting out the matches for another round. Congress must act before the end of September to either … Continue reading

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Labor Activist Training – Quad City

Thursday August 28th 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 … Continue reading

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Labor Day –

On this holiday fought for and created by unions, too many American working families are struggling just to get by. No one who works for a living should have to struggle to support the basic needs of their family. Some … Continue reading

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In a Victory for Spring Hill Workers and Families, UAW and GM Announce Cadillac SRX As New Product for Spring Hill Manufacturing, $191 Million Investment in SGE Program

  Spring Hill, Tennessee (August 27, 2014) – Today, in a victory for Tennessee’s workers and families, UAW International Union and Local 1853 joined with General Motors executives to announce the Cadillac SRX as one of two future mid-size vehicles set … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 29 Seventy-five workers die when the lower St. Lawrence River’s Quebec Bridge collapses while under construction.  A flawed design was found to be the cause.  Thirteen more workers were killed nine years later when the reconstructed bridge’s central span … Continue reading

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