Daily Archives: September 2, 2014

Celebrate labor struggles, past and present

This Labor Day, I’ll be celebrating the critical work union members do every day to uphold fair wages and standards in their workplaces, and the courage of workers who are coming together to confront the degradation of work in Iowa. … Continue reading

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Iowa: Once a Leader, Now a Laggard on Minimum Wage

Outdated Policy Compounds Status as Low-Wage State Labor Day Fact Sheet 1-page PDF Iowa was once a leader among states on the minimum wage. In 2007, lawmakers passed a two-step increase in the state minimum wage that took effect a … Continue reading

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Working hard, falling short

Nearly one-quarter of the estimated 46.5 million people living in poverty in the United States are members of the “working poor” — breadwinners who, because of underemployment or sporadic employment, fail to earn enough money to raise their households out … Continue reading

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Clinton Labor Day picnic brings in large crowd (with VIDEOS)

CLINTON — Local elected officials, candidates and volunteers cooked and served hotdogs and other picnic foods Sunday to the hundreds of Clinton residents who came out to Eagle Point Park Lodge for the annual Labor Day Picnic. Clinton Labor Congress … Continue reading

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NW Iowa Labor Council and UFCW Local 222 host Labor Day Picnic

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – To many, Labor Day means that summer is nearly over, so it was no surprise to see a strong showing of families spending their holiday outdoors at the park. Riverside Park in Sioux City was … Continue reading

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Woodbury County Board chairman asked to leave Labor Day picnic

SIOUX CITY | County Board Chairman George Boykin was asked to leave Monday’s Labor Day Picnic in Riverside Park in part because of the ongoing dispute over security at the Woodbury County Courthouse. The county has outsourced the jobs, bypassing … Continue reading

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Thousands turn out for Dubuque’s annual Labor Day parade

DUBUQUE (KWWL) – Thousands of people turned out for Dubuque’s annual Labor Day parade on Monday. Among those marching in the parade were labor unions’ local chapters, youth marching bands and political candidates. Former Democratic state representative and senator Mike … Continue reading

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Union Statistics And Labor Day Activities

CEDAR RAPIDS — The number of people belonging to unions across the U.S. hasn’t changed too much. That’s according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Figures show the percentage of people belonging to unions nationwide was 11.3% in 2013. … Continue reading

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Labor Day rally in City Park focuses on union issues

State and local politicians met with the public Monday to rally support for labor unions and Iowa Democrats who cited increasing the minimum wage as a priority for Democratic lawmakers. The event at Upper City Park in Iowa City was … Continue reading

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Alliance for Retired Americans News

This Labor Day, Let’s Raise America’s Pay – It Will Help with Retirement Saving The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) addresses extremely slow wage growth just in time for Labor Day. Available at http://tinyurl.com/l4duxgm, EPI’s paper shows that wages for most … Continue reading

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The State of Working Iowa

By Colin Gordon Senior Research Consultant — Iowa Policy Project Introduction Each year at Labor Day, we survey the “State of Working Iowa.” This annual report card examines trends in wages, job growth, and job quality in Iowa. This fall, … Continue reading

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By the numbers: the state of labor unions in Nebraska, Iowa

End-of-summer cookouts, parades and weekend getaways aside, Labor Day historically is to celebrate organized labor and the American worker. This holiday, Nebraska unions have more reason to toast than last year. The Husker state gained labor union membership in 2013, … Continue reading

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Appel Celebrates Labor Day at AFL-CIO Parade

Democrat honored as “Grand Marshall” at parade with working families DES MOINES – Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) candidate for Congress in the 3rd district, celebrated Labor Day by joining local affiliates of the Iowa Federation of the AFL-CIO and their families … Continue reading

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Cast a vote for Iowa’s workers

This Labor Day, as we head to parades and barbecues to celebrate the achievements of America’s workers, economic anxiety will be hanging over our heads. Millions of workers across the country are struggling to support their families and are barely … Continue reading

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Union group hosts picnic to celebrate N Iowa workers

LAURA BIRD laura.bird@globegazette.com (0) Comments MASON CITY | Gerald Miller says he never truly appreciated Labor Day. That was until recent years when his co-workers at Canadian Pacific decided to unionize and he decided to educate himself on the matter. … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 01 The Int’l Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers is founded at a meeting in Chicago, the product of two separate brotherhoods created over the previous 13 years – 1893 Congress declares Labor Day a … Continue reading

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