Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Slow Job Growth in November — and the Year 45,000 Job Deficit in Iowa’s Sluggish Recovery

Iowa nonfarm jobs rose slightly in November as the unemployment rate dipped from 4.5 percent to 4.3 percent. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen: “The preliminary numbers for November showed growth in Iowa … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 23 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Co. in St Louis, where the Metal Polishers were striking for a 9-hour day – 1908 Construction workers top out … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Shooting Death of New York City Police Officers 

December 22, 2014 There are no words that can encompass the grief and pain following the killing of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos and the shooting of a young woman in Baltimore. The men and women … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from the Iowa City Federation of Labor.

  Thank you for your involvement in the past year and we look forward to many victories in the year ahead.  Special thanks to our brothers and sisters who attended event’s, door knocked, sat on committees or volunteered time and … Continue reading

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Lee County Helping Union Sisters and Brothers

  Tickled we were able to send 945 dollars to USW 7-669 with the helping hands tree. Thanks to all who contributed. The good news is Vickie is leaving the tree up longer in case anyone was embarrassed they got … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 22 A group of building trades unions from the Midwest meet in St. Louis to form the National Building Trades Council. The Council disbanded after several years of political and jurisdictional differences – 1897 Twenty-one Chicago firefighters, including the … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Steve King shrugs off government shutdown, sees only political gain

If there were ever any question as to whether U.S. Rep. Steve King puts politics ahead of public service, he laid the matter to rest in a conversation with the New York Times. In the interview, the Republican congressman reiterated … Continue reading

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Here is your December 19 Friday Alert: ARA

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Federal Budget Agreement, Obama Signs it into Law After a day of drama and partisan wrangling, the Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday to send a government funding bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 20 Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote – 1899 The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive … Continue reading

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The Case for Postal Banking

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The Postal Service Already Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked Web News Article #: 233-2014 12/16/2014 – By APWU President Mark Dimondstein A response to “The Case Against Postal Banking,” posted by Kevin Drum on Nov. 12, 2014 Kevin Drum … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Fast Track Is Off Track

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During the secret discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, extreme corporate interests are pushing for a Fast Track process that would not only hurt working families in the United States, but in the other countries involved in any … Continue reading

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King and Ernst on craziest politician list

Click here to read the GQ article    Iowa’s Steve King and new Senator Joni Ernst made the list of America’s craziest politicians. Go Figure!

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Labor History

December 17 Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996 December 18 General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands … Continue reading

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New Northwest Iowa Labor Council Officers

Earlier this week, the delegates of the Northwest Iowa Labor Council elected officers. The Officers are: President -Rick Scott(ATU 779) Vice President – Jim Marshall (ATU 779); Treasurer – Mike Peters Jr. (AFSCME 3006); Recording Secretary – Liz Ford (UFCW … Continue reading

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Iowa officials, unions begin closed-door contract talks

DES MOINES | Talks between state and union negotiators aimed at hammering out new two-year labor contracts covering state employees have moved behind closed doors. In the last open session Tuesday before private discussions begin in January, state officials offered … Continue reading

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You Can’t Pick Your Family: Surviving Holiday Stress

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: While many holiday movies portray fun and meaningful family gatherings, that ust isn’t the reality for everyone. Photo credit: Dagny Mol/Flickr. DES MOINES, Iowa – While the holidays are a happy time for many, … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Obamacare delivers what conservatives want

Republicans have dedicated considerable energy to criticizing or trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the spirit of getting a fresh start with a new Congress, they should take an honest look at how Obamacare is working in the … Continue reading

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Supporters, opponents turn out for Story County pipeline meeting

By Gavin Aronsen Staff Writer garonsen@amestrib.com NEVADA — More than 300 people came to Gates Memorial Hall’s auditorium Monday afternoon for a public informational meeting about the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, many clearly opposed to the project but others voicing … Continue reading

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