Monthly Archives: October 2014

Our View: Iowa will be better served with Braley

As they’ve watched the race to replace Iowa’s 30-year U.S. senator, Tom Harkin, turn into a schoolyard taunting session about pigs, chickens and who is the more dedicated Sunday school teacher, Iowa voters can take cold comfort in the fact … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 29 Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners.  They were outraged over Goto’s work on … Continue reading

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Iowa City Fed Special Guest

Join Us Tomorrow Tuesday, October 28 AFSCME Reception Please join our Brothers and Sisters from AFSCME at a welcome reception for AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes. Tuesday, October 28 4:00 – 4:45pm AFSCME Local 12 Eastdale Plaza 2nd Floor (1700 … Continue reading

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Espey: Grassley, Ernst at odds with Iowans on tax fairness issues

Senator Charles Grassley recently criticized some civic-action organizations for protesting Burger King’s planned shift of its corporate address to Canada in order to avoid paying its fair share of taxes here in the U.S. His comments are troubling for two … Continue reading

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Senator Harkin campaigns with Pat Murphy

Senator Tom Harkin will campaign with 1st Congressional District candidate Democrat Pat Murphy and deliver remarks before seniors, canvassers and party activists addressing Murphy’s record on protecting and preserving Social Security during a Get out the Vote event in Waterloo. The event … Continue reading

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Quad City Federation of Labor to Protest Speaker John Boehner’s Visit to the Quad Cities:

Organized Labor Fights for Jobs to Stay in America   Davenport, IA—The Quad City Federation of Labor, Community Activists, friends and family, will be protesting the arrival of Speaker John Boehner to the Quad Cities today. Speaker Boehner is in … Continue reading

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Iowa workers to get back meal money

An estimated 3,200 state union workers are expected to be reimbursed for years of meal expenses that were improperly cut by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration, both sides said Friday. After lengthy negotiations with the largest state employees’ union, the … Continue reading

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Group: Iowa records are not trade secrets

Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration should be forced to immediately release dozens of documents that have been wrongly classified as having trade secrets, a motion filed Friday in Polk County District Court argues. The issue focuses on the administration’s recent notification … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 27 The New York City subway, the first rapid-transit system in America, opens. More than 100 workers died during the construction of the first 13 miles of tunnels and track – 1904 (Survival of the Fittest: Thanks to unions, … Continue reading

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Lee County is not for sale!

Diane Kearns,Mary Jo Riesberg,Samantha West,Senator Bob Dvorsky, Sue Dvorsky,Keokuk City Councilman Roger Bryant,Senator Rich Taylor,Senator Tom Courtney. Not pictured Tom Courtney’s wife and Lee County Labor Council President Buddy Howard. Terry Branstad wants to win Lee County. We say it’s not for … Continue reading

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Waterloo workers support fastfood workers

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Defamation lawsuit against Branstad to move forward

A defamation lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad will move forward after a key ruling Friday that two dissenting justices say could expose state officials to more lawsuits. Christopher Godfrey, Iowa’s workers’ compensation commissioner, sued Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and … Continue reading

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Endorsement: Bruce Braley is better choice

The campaign between Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate has been an exhibition of American politics at its worst. It has been a $28 million parade of dismal attack ads that have reduced the candidates to evil … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Ad Tells Congress: Listen to Workers, Say No to Fast Track

  Capitol South Metro “Station Domination” will blanket subway station with “the faces of trade”   (Washington, DC, October 27, 2014) Today, the AFL-CIO and its affiliates began an unconventional four-week ad campaign designed to ensure that when Congress returns … Continue reading

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Questions piling up for Ernst

Joni Ernst seems to be disrespecting quite a few folks. You may have read in our U.S. Senate endorsement that Ernst, Republican candidate for the office, “failed to make time in her schedule” to meet with the Editorial Board at … Continue reading

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Endorsement: House needs Jim Mowrer’s approach to service

In his bid for a seventh term representing Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, is facing an opponent with an impressive resume and strong grasp of issues. Democrat Jim Mowrer, a 28-year-old Boone native, served in Iraq … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Candidates for public office should be ready to answer tough questions

The question of whether newspapers should endorse political candidates has come up once again, as it often does this time of year. Typically those who think endorsements are wrong are those whose candidate did not get one, whereas those whose … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “Colombia Continues to Deny Basic Labor Rights, Must Continue Labor Action Plan”

  October 24, 2014   “The 2011 Labor Action Plan (LAP) was agreed to by the U.S. and Colombian governments as a requirement for implementing the free trade agreement between the two countries.  While the trade agreement has gone into … Continue reading

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ARA REPORT

Social Security Benefits will Increase by 1.7% in 2015 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday. The Social Security Act ties … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Amending the Constitution isn’t ‘simply a statement’

n a country that prides itself on personal freedom, politicians still think they should have a say in whether a woman continues or terminates her pregnancy. The issue of abortion always surfaces in political debates, and the recent U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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