Monthly Archives: February 2015

AFSCME Legislative Update

Legislative Update: February 27, 2015 New Mental Health Institutes Bill Filed A new by State Senator Rich Taylor, Senate File 308, has been filed. The bill is identical to Senate File 140 but does not include an appropriation in the … Continue reading

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Iowa, union go to binding arbitration

DES MOINES — Negotiators for Iowa and its largest public employees union Thursday asked an independent arbitrator to resolve an impasse over wages and health benefits that prevented the two sides from reaching a voluntary settlement on a new two-year collective … Continue reading

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Walker in Dubuque March 7 – Let’s give him a good union welcome

Wisconsin Governor Walker will be in Dubuque, Iowa March 7. There are plans being made to give him a good Union Welcome. Details coming soon!

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AFL-CIO Responds to Department of Labor’s Report on Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

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U.S. Government responds to CAFTA-DR complaint Honduran & American workers issued three years ago (Washington, D.C., Friday, February 27, 2014) – Today, the AFL-CIO welcomed the U.S. Department of Labor’s report confirming widespread, major violations of labor rights in Honduras. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Gov. Scott Walker Comments Comparing Workers to Terrorists

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Gov. Scott Walker Comments Comparing Workers to Terrorists February 27, 2015   Governor Walker’s statement comparing workers and terrorists is revolting.  It is clear that Governor Walker’s judgment is impaired, and that he … Continue reading

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What’s happening on the Hill

CONSERVATIVE AGENDA: House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said the chamber next week will introduce legislation regarding school choice, Second Amendment rights, abortion and collective bargaining for public employees. Next week is the first key deadline for some legislation to be … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Republicans Playing Politics with National Security

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February 27, 2015 Shamefully, Republicans have chosen an agenda built on demonizing aspiring citizens over our national security needs. They have ignored multiple opportunities to bring a clean homeland security funding bill to the floor for a vote. And now … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 28 U.S. Supreme Court finds that a Utah state law limiting mine and smelter workers to an 8-hour workday is constitutional – 1898 (Actually Leap Year Feb. 29) The minimum age allowed by law for workers in mills, factories, … Continue reading

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Phone Banking for Wisconsin Unions

By Tracy Leone, Iowa Federation of Labor On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24-25th, AFLCIO members in Iowa and across the country phone banked to Wisconsin to encourage voters to contact their state senators and ask them to oppose the just-introduced … Continue reading

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Privatize East Moline Garbage Collection

On Monday March 2nd at 6:30pm, the City of East Moline will be voting on whether or not to privatize Garbage Collection Services. We need as many union members and community allies in attendance as possible. The Council voted to … Continue reading

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Midwest UPS workers strike new deal Teamsters members who work for UPS in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana approved by a 4 to 1 a five-year contract — retroactive to 2013 — that increases wages annually, ups healthcare benefits and vacation … Continue reading

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Corporate influence borders on fascism

The “Citizens United” ruling and the more recent McCutcheon ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court gives wealthy individuals such as the Koch brothers and large corporations the power to buy elections and to own politicians. Many of these rich individuals … Continue reading

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Learn more about Trans-Pacific Partnership

If you would like to do a favor for yourself your family and your community, please find out the truth about the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP). It is a huge trade agreement that will be up for a vote in Congress very … Continue reading

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A Better Measure of Efforts to Reduce Childhood Poverty in Iowa

February 26, 2015 – John Michaelson, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: A new report calls for a stronger focus on a new ways to measure poverty and evaluate the programs aimed at helping families in … Continue reading

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RENEWED ASSAULT ON WORKER AND PUBLIC PROTECTIONS

The 114th Congress has been in session only a few weeks, but already the Republican majorities in the House and Senate have launched a renewed assault on worker and public protections. At the urging of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 27 Legendary labor leader and socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs becomes charter member and secretary of the Vigo Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Five years later he is leading the national union and in 1893 helps found the … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Introduction of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Legislation

February 25, 2015   “The Trade Adjustment Assistance program has a history of success helping U.S. workers get back on their feet when their jobs are offshored. Working people are proud to have leaders like Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and … Continue reading

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There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding the scope of our members’ work.

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Joint Statement from Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW) and Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) ATLANTA, GA — There has been much confusion concerning the United Steelworkers (USW) negotiations with the refinery industry regarding … Continue reading

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1965: THIS YEAR IN IOWA’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

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by Jacqueline Thompson  February 25, 2015 Visit Our Website to Comment on this Blog and View Previous Blog entries. 1965:  THIS YEAR IN IOWA’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY In January 1965, WILLIE STEVENSON GLANTON of Polk County AND JAMES H. JACKSON of … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Creates New Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

(Atlanta, GA – Feb. 25, 2015) – The AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously created a new Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice today to explore racial issues within the labor movement. The Council recognizes that employers, politicians and the 1% … Continue reading

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