Monthly Archives: November 2014

Des Moines Henry County Labor Council Meeting

Friendly reminder that tonight is the Des Moines Henry County Labor Council meeting. It begins at 6PM at the Machinists Hall. The agenda is pasted below. We will meet with two City Council Election for the special election in Burlington … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Labor Council Video

Hawkeye Labor Council – Unions Video

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Iowa City Fed Game Night

The Iowa City Federation of Labor will host a game night on Tuesday, December 9, 6-10 pm at the Union Hall, 940 S. Gilbert Court in Iowa City. We share this space with the Center for Worker Justice, whose Director … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 24 Led by Samuel Gompers, who would later found the American Federation of Labor, Cigarmakers’ Int’l Union Local 144 is chartered in New York City – 1875 November 25 Some 10,000 New Orleans workers, black and white, participate in … Continue reading

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ARA Alert

Here is your November 21 Friday Alert: Thank Social Security Hero Tom Harkin! Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is retiring after 40 years of dedicated public service, including the championing of policies and legislation benefiting Social Security and Medicare recipients and … Continue reading

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Postal Rally Photos

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President Obama takes appropriate steps to fix broken immigration process

  November 21, 2014– Last night the President of the United States took a long overdue and necessary step towards fixing our broken immigration system We applaud his willingness to act to address this crisis, for the good of all … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka    On Immigration Accountability Executive Action

  November 20, 2014   Today is an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of immigration law. On behalf of America’s workers, we applaud the Administration’s willingness to act.  We have been calling upon the White House to halt … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 22 “The Uprising of the 20,000.” Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You are on strike against God.” The walkout, believed to be the first major successful strike by female … Continue reading

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NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT WALMART AVOIDS BILLIONS IN U.S. TAXES

  And is working to change the law so it can dodge billions more   WASHINGTON – A new report released Thursday by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) reveals that Walmart uses tax breaks to dodge a whopping $1 billion annually, … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 21 Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts – 1927 The 1,700-mile … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Seeks End to “Revolving Door” Payments

  Large financial institutions give bonuses to their employees for taking jobs in government.   (Washington DC, November 20th, 2014) AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today sent letters to seven large Wall Street banks calling for the banks to explain questionable … Continue reading

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Robert J “Bob” Soesbe

CLINTON — Robert J. “Bob” Soesbe, 88, of Clinton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, after a brief illness. The memorial mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, … Continue reading

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Attack on unions is an attack on workers

Attack on unions is an attack on workers – TheGazette Rick Moyle, guest columnist November 19, 2014 | 9:32 am I am writing in response to a guest column by Jay Ambrose, “Fighting public unions, saving the future,” which was … Continue reading

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Mr. Goodfellow: AFSCME Local 212

DONOR: AFSCME Local 212 AMOUNT: $1,000 ABOUT THE DONOR: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 212 represents more than 300 people, including Sioux City Community School District bus drivers, Sioux City Assessor’s Office, Sioux Gateway Airport, … Continue reading

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Center to file complaint against IC employer

An Iowa City workers’ rights group backed by several state lawmakers says it is filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging wage theft by an Iowa City manufacturer. The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa said … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 20 First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society – 1816 Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader – 1884 The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing … Continue reading

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Cash Mob

Friends, We are organizing ‘Cash Mobs’ to support local businesses across the state, and we need your help! Next week the holiday shopping season will being in full force, and people will flock to stores to buy Christmas presents and get … Continue reading

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“Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America”

Saturday, November 22nd 9:00 AM Economic Justice Forum Augustana College’s Olin Center auditorium The Symposium will moderated by Morning News Anchor Emily Scarlett (TV4) and will feature Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston as the Keynote Speaker. Break-out … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 19 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” – 1915 (The Man Who Never Died: The … Continue reading

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