Daily Archives: November 14, 2014

ARA Friday Alert

Headlines: Winners in the Midterm Elections Will Affect Policies via the Budget; Data Show Danger Just around the Corner for the Retirement of Those 55-64; Affordable Care Act Changes May Take Many Shapes and Forms; Medicare Open Enrollment Season Goes … Continue reading

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Biden: ‘Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World’

11/14/2014 Kenneth Quinnell Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of … Continue reading

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Our View: Two years of advocating for workers’ rights

The topic of workers’ rights goes back ages, so it seems incredible that it was only two years ago this month that the board of directors for the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa formed. According to its mission … Continue reading

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Young Workers Fall Conference

The Iowa Federation of Labor will be hosting a Fall Conference for the Young Workers of Iowa. Join the Young Workers Committee of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO for this fall conference. This is free and open to anyone … Continue reading

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Walmart Workers need a raise

Sisters and Brothers,   Walmart workers are calling on the Waltons, who own Walmart, to commit to paying workers $15 an hour and give them access to full-time work. The Waltons have gotten really rich–they’re the richest family in America … Continue reading

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US Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service: Iowa Postal Workers to Deliver Message – ‘Stop Delaying America’s Mail’ – Through Protests Here, in Washington and Around the Nation

WHO:         Local postal workers   WHAT:       Protest against mail processing center closings and mail delays. There will be a few speakers.   WHERE:    2nd and University (Main Post Office) Des Moines   WHEN:       4 pm, November 14.   … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 14 Trade unions form the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Organizations, later becoming the AFL. Under the leadership of Samuel Gompers and Peter McGuire, the AFL became the most influential labor organization in the nation – 1881 Women’s … Continue reading

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Summary of 2014 Ballot Measure Results

This year, voters overwhelmingly endorsed ballot measures that support working families. In states, counties, and cities nationwide, voters supported minimum wage increases and paid sick leave. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said last week, “The defining narrative of this election … Continue reading

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