Monthly Archives: September 2014

Labor History

September 27 Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children – 1875 The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike against the Los Angeles Times and begins a boycott that runs intermittently from 1896 to 1908. … Continue reading

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Burlington: Labor History **NOTE NEW LOCATION**

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:00 am-12:00 noon, 1205 North Central Ave., Burlington (IBEW Hall) Learn more about key struggles and dramatic turning points in U.S. and Iowa labor history, and what labor history tells us about the challenges workers continue to face … Continue reading

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Audit: State employees paid but no evidence they worked

Six Iowa Secretary of State workers whose jobs were eliminated in 2012 were allowed to remain on the state’s payroll – one for about six months – with no way to determine if they performed any work, a state audit … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to vote for Bruce Braley

10 Reasons to vote for Bruce Braley Iowa Congressmen Bruce Braley is running for the U.S. Senate. The November 4th election is quickly approaching and the campaign advertisements are getting more negative as each day goes by. Bruce Braley has … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 26 The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers.  Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to … Continue reading

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“Senior Votes Count!” Endorses Appel

Democrat Announces Endorsement from Senior Organization DES MOINES – Candidate for Congress in the 3rd district, Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) today received the endorsement of “Senior Votes Count!” a national organization that mobilizes voters to protect senior benefits and voting rights.“I’m … Continue reading

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Labor’s New Attack on Iowa Senate Candidate Joni Ernst: She’s An ALEC Shill

The battle between Democratic congressman Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst to be Iowa’s next US senator couldn’t be closer. In an effort to fire up voters in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate … Continue reading

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Raise the minimum wage; help Iowa’s working families get out of poverty

Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom for the Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 AM ‘Live the Wage’ Challenge Recap Press Conference Call  To participate, call 515-344-4627 I spent a week living on a minimum wage budget for food and transportation. This short … Continue reading

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Census data shows thousands of Iowans still living in poverty

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates more Iowans are living in poverty now than at the beginning of the recession. Nearly 380,000 Iowans were living below the poverty line last year. That’s 12.7 percent of the state’s population … Continue reading

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AFSCME Local 212 Members Raise $850 for ALS Association Through ALS Walk

(Pictured Left to Right at ALS Walk: Morgan Williams (daughter of Jason), Local 212 Vice President Jason Williams, Local 212 President Chris De Harty, Local 212 Executive Board Member Wage Boogerd, and Local 212 Executive Board Member Ron Isaacson) While … Continue reading

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Ernst a clone to Palin

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Jobs Rise in August, Still Sluggish

Iowa JobWatch — September 2014 Issued Friday, September 19, 2014 IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs increased in August to 1,553,500, but the unemployment rate remained at 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent a year ago. The Iowa Policy … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 25 American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisc. – 1874 (Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, … Continue reading

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Labor Walks – Davenport and Mason City

September 24: Davenport – Quad Cities. Labor Walk 11 Am to 7 PM. UFCW 431 2411 W Central Park Avenue, Davenport. Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196 September 24, Wednesday – Mason City 9:00 am  Mason City Labor Temple  510 S. Pennsylvania  … Continue reading

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How To Make Your Mailed Ballot Count

By John Deeth Auditors across Iowa are starting to mail live ballots. Federal law requires the overseas ballots to go out by 45 days before the election – which was Saturday – and while they’re at it, the domestic ones … Continue reading

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS RELEASE 2015 PLAN TO BUILD A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS

  Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa House Democrats outlined their agenda to grow Iowa’s middle class and re-vitalize rural Iowa today at the State Capitol. The Democrats’ plan focuses on five major areas – boosting the middle class; building Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Social Security Works

A growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny to the national debt. Now, … Continue reading

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Current Absentee Ballot numbers for Iowa

Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 22) by: desmoinesdem Tue Sep 23, 2014 at 09:37:46 AM CDT You might be an Iowa politics junkie if you are excited to see the new absentee ballot numbers in the morning. … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: The Obamacare train wreck appears to be out of steam

When some members of Congress were busy crafting health care reform legislation, other members were saying anything to turn the public against it. Five years later, it’s clear their claims were the epitome of fear-mongering. No one has a job … Continue reading

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