Monthly Archives: February 2015

Iowa Legislature Approves Gas Tax Hike for Roads, Bridges

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: Voices across Iowa are calling for a ‘Fix It First’ approach to roads and bridges, following Tuesday’s passage of a bill to raise the state gas tax by 10-cents. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr. DES … Continue reading

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Injustice on Our Plates: How Conditions of Food Workers Affect Us All

Dear Friends, I hope you can join me this Saturday for , a conference that sheds light on an important industry in our community.   There is still some space available to attend this Saturday’s free conference so call 319-335-4144 right … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 26 Congress OKs the Contract Labor Law, designed to clamp down on “business agents” who contracted abroad for immigrant labor. One of the reasons unions supported the measure: employers were using foreign workers to fight against the growing U.S. … Continue reading

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RAISING WAGES – ITS TIME FOR ACTION

Executive Council Statement Atlanta, Georgia February 24, 2015 RAISING WAGES – ITS TIME FOR ACTION Last week workers at Walmart—our nation’s largest private sector employer—used collective action to win a raise for more than 500,000 of their co-workers.  The fact … Continue reading

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Union Busting in Wisconsin

      “In Wisconsin, we understand that true freedom and prosperity do not come from the mighty hand of the government. They come from empowering people to control their own lives and their own destinies through the dignity born … Continue reading

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Gas Tax and Minimum Wage – Iowa Policy Project

Earlier today we pointed you to a new two-page backgrounder from the Iowa Fiscal Partnership showing impacts of a gas tax increase at different incomes, and alternatives to offset the cost to low-income working families. We also posted information on … Continue reading

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Help Wisconsin

Dear Union Member: As you probably heard, Wisconsin is trying to fast-track a Right-to-Work bill through the legislature this week. We need your help to call into Wisconsin to urge union members there to contact their Senators to block this … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Elects Five New Members

(Atlanta, GA Feb. 24, 2015) — The AFL-CIO Executive Council is proud to welcome Lori Pelletier, Jorge Ramirez, Sara Nelson, Captain Tim Canoll and Marc Perrone as its newest members. All five members have shown a steadfast commitment to advancing … Continue reading

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50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map

Fifty years ago, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it’s one in 10. But the decline has not been the same for every state. Here is a map showing how union membership has changed across … Continue reading

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TIME FOR A NEW TRACK: TRADE POLICY MAKING MUST BE TRANSPARENT, DEMOCRATIC, AND PARTICIPATORY

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America’s working families oppose Fast Track. Today, the trade policies of the United States are undermining the interests of working people.  When decisions about economic policy are made behind closed doors, those decisions tend to advance the policy preferences of … Continue reading

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WALL STREET REFORM: PRESERVING DODD-FRANK AND BEYOND

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The International Labor Organization has found that the growing power of finance is the Number One cause of the declining amount of the world’s economy that is made up of the wages of the people who do the work.  This … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 25 Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America change name to Amalgamated Transit Union – 1965 The Order of Railroad Telegraphers change name to Transportation-Communication Employees Union – 1965 A crowd estimated to be 100,000 strong … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Wisconsin Right to Work Fight

February 23, 2015 “The effort to lower wages in America is going to reach new heights in Wisconsin this week.  Wall Street billionaires and political extremists are joining together to force a vote on Right to Work legislation which is … Continue reading

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Trumka explains Fast Track

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February is ‘Heart Health Month’

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CLUW Joins ‘Spread the Word’ Campaign Focusing on Coronary Artery Disease and Women’s Health CLUW has joined HealthyWomen and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health in partnership with CardioDx on a new patient advocacy campaign,  Spread the … Continue reading

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Lee County Collective Bargaining Class

The Lee County Labor Council hosted a two day Collective Bargaining Class in Keokuk, February 19-20. There were 16 union activists in attendance. The class was presented by the Jen Sherer and Matt Glasson of the University of Iowa Labor … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Rally to Oppose “right to work”

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Yesterday, Republicans unveiled a plan to call an extraordinary session on February 23 to pass Right to Work legislation. Right to Work legislation lowers wages for all workers union and non-union — and hurts our entire middle class. Click here … Continue reading

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In Iowa, Senator Sanders says U.S. needs ‘fundamental changes’ to help middle class

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is making another campaign-style trip through Iowa, with a book reading in Iowa City Thursday evening and a Friday night speech to members of the Iowa Citizens Action Network, a liberal activist group. “Yes, of course, I … Continue reading

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Alliance Update

Alliance Members Visit Over 120 Congressional Offices during Lobby Week Members of the Alliance visited over 120 Members of Congress and staff in their home states this week during the Presidents Day recess. “Under the new 114th Congress, retirees issues … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 23 W.E.B. DuBois, educator and civil rights activist, born – 1868 The National Marine Engineers Association (now the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), representing deck and engine officers on U.S. flag vessels, is formed at a convention in Cleveland, Ohio … Continue reading

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