Monthly Archives: April 2015

Iowa critical to a victory for Bernie Sanders, backers say

On one recent Iowa visit, Bernie Sanders showed he’s the kind of presidential contender who is perfectly comfortable speaking at a podium that’s actually an overturned milk crate on a tabletop. Sanders, a no-frills man of the people, will be … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Introduction of $12 an Hour Minimum Wage Bill

Today’s introduction of new minimum wage legislation represents significant progress in the powerful, collective movement to raise wages. It’s inspiring to see the momentum generated by working people across the country influence some of the largest corporations and the most … Continue reading

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Will Republicans put aside DC politics and end the school funding crisis?

COMING UP TODAY: Des Moines, Iowa – As schools hand out the final pink slips to teachers across Iowa today, Democrats said they will give House Republicans another chance to compromise and resolve the school funding crisis with a vote … Continue reading

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AFSCME Legislative Report

Iowa House Republicans Propose Much Lower Budget than the Governor and Iowa Senate Democrats Here are the budget targets from Governor Branstad, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans: Administration and Regulation: Governor Branstad: $53,176,922 Senate Democrats: $51,892,994 House Republicans: $49,800,000 Agriculture … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 30 An explosion at the Everettville mine in Everettville, W. Va., kills 109 miners, many of whom lie in unmarked graves to this day – 1927 The Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board implements new rules to speed up … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Baltimore

April 29, 2015   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Baltimore, the injured police, and especially the family of Freddie Gray.  What is happening there reminds us of the challenges of inequality and unease in America … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Report Shows 150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

April 29, 2015   View Report here: aflcio.org/death-on-the-job   According to a report released today by the AFL-CIO, 4,585 workers were killed in the United States during 2013 due to workplace injuries. An additional estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, … Continue reading

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Union Workers honor those who died on the job

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – To many, April 28th is just another day. But to union workers, it’s a time to remember those who have died on the job. More than a dozen union, and non-union, workers gathered in from of … Continue reading

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Poll: Iowans reject Branstad’s plans for Medicaid, closing MHIs

Gov. Terry Branstad’s plans to save money by privatizing Medicaid and closing state mental health institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda are strongly opposed by a majority of Iowa voters, according to a national opinion research firm. A survey by … Continue reading

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Memorial event honors workers killed on the job

As the nation observed Workers Memorial Day, the Alcoa Davenport Works family gathered Tuesday to remember their fellow employees who lost their lives at work and to focus on creating a safer future and workplace for those who remain. More … Continue reading

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Local labor leaders honor those who died on the job

Speaking in front of a somber crowd this eveneing, Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sagar noted that the number of workers who died on the job in 2014 was lower than in previous years. However, that number matters little … Continue reading

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Rally memorializes those killed on the job

Amid Johnson County’s construction boom, which has drawn thousands of workers to the area in recent years, labor leaders gathered in the pedestrian mall Tuesday to stress job site safety. About 50 people turned out for the annual Iowa City … Continue reading

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Remembering Workers Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

Ceremonies were held across the state in recognition of Workers Memorial Day. April 28th is set aside each year to remember those who have died on the job. Thirty-nine Iowans lost their lives in the past year while at work. … Continue reading

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Schools Down 1,034 Educators Next Year

408 GOP Pink Slips; 626 Positions Left Open Des Moines, Iowa — As Republican gridlock pushes the school funding crisis to another week, Iowa superintendents are reporting there will be 1,034 fewer educators in schools next year, which will increase … Continue reading

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Health care for vulnerable Iowans in jeopardy

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our … Continue reading

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Bolkcom: House Leadership has “moral obligation” to allow vote on medical cannabis

Personal point on April 27, 2015 by Senator Joe Bolkcom   “I heard today that the Iowa House won’t be back at the statehouse, ready to debate until Wednesday. “Is that really true?  I can hardly believe it. “Sick and … Continue reading

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Unsafe workplaces risk workers’ lives

For many American workers, wages are staying flat or falling, and making ends meet is harder than ever. Yet every day working men and women go to work and risk their lives in an unsafe work environment in pursuit of … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 29 Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reaches Washington, D.C. – 1894 An estimated one thousand silver miners, angry over low wages, the firing of union members and the planting of spies in their ranks by mineowners, … Continue reading

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PINK OUT

Care to join us for a “pink out” this Thursday, April 30 in support of public education?  See attached and help us spread the word and wear pink on Thursday, April 30 #PinkApril30

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Workers Memorial Day

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On Workers Memorial Day we commemorate all those who have perished on the job. No worker should be exposed to fatal injuries and illnesses at work, yet every day 150 men and women die from a work injury or occupational … Continue reading

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