Monthly Archives: May 2015

AFL-CIO Launches TV Ad Criticizing Ami Bera for Supporting Fast Track

Ad builds on widespread grassroots opposition in Bera’s district to Trade Promotion Authority   (Washington D.C. – May 29, 2015) Today, the AFL-CIO launched a TV ad in the Sacramento media market calling on Congressman Ami Bera to oppose Trade … Continue reading

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Court decision highlights Governor Branstad’s abuse of power and the failure of House Republicans to stand up for Iowa children and their families

Key legislators respond to decision regarding Iowa Juvenile Home   House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown: “Time and time again, we’ve watched this Governor overstep his constitutional authority and put Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens in peril.  Closing the Juvenile … Continue reading

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Iowa City Fed Activities

Candidates Academy The next Iowa City Federation of Labor Candidates Academy is next week.  Although this Academy will focus on School District issues it is open to all candidates, elected officials and people thinking about running for office (as well … Continue reading

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There is one solution to skyrocketing inequality that most of the TV talking heads love to ignore: Unions! It’s no surprise.

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Without unions, big companies like Walmart or Amazon can cut benefits, allow unsafe working conditions, slash wages, and pocket the massive profits. Well, I’m not afraid to talk about how unions are essential—and I’m relying on you to get the … Continue reading

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Watch Robert Reich’s Working Families Summit Speech

Robert Reich Speech at the Working Families Summit, May 16, 2015. Ames Iowa.

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Labor History

May 30 The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American … Continue reading

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Please see below talking points and message from EVP Gebre’s office re: the United Way and Guild issue.

Many of you have heard about an anti-union campaign that United Way Worldwide conducted at its Alexandria VA headquarters.   In the last week,  leaders of The Newspaper Guild/CWA have been in discussions with top management at United Way to reach … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Conflicting signals in Iowa jobs April setback in nonfarm jobs, but unemployment rate also falls

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs dropped for the first time in seven months, by 1,700 in April, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate fell … Continue reading

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New Rules for Overtime

The AFL-CIO has serious concern for millions of workers suffering from grossly outdated federal overtime regulations. President Obama and his Administration have been working hard at finding a practical solution and in the coming weeks, the Department of Labor is … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 29 Animators working for Walt Disney begin what was to become a successful 5-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a … Continue reading

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Stop TPP Rally in front of Congressman Young’s Office

Click here to view photos from today’s TPP rally in front of Iowa Congressman David Young’s Des Moines office. May 27, 2015

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Worker Wins Organizing Update: Organizing Efforts Pay Off in Big Spring for Workers

May 27, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – Workers have stood up in the face of low wages and unacceptable conditions to organize new workplaces. Below are some recent major organizing wins:   Philadelphia Charter School Teachers Organize with AFT: Teachers and … Continue reading

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Education is at heart of legislative stalemate

Recent news about the Iowa Legislature has focused on when we will adjourn. However, what matters more to Iowa families are the disagreements preventing adjournment. The most important disagreement is education funding, something that directly affects economic prosperity. Iowa’s families … Continue reading

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Highway Robbery

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May 22, 2015 | by Tracy Leone George W. Bush’s presidency is among the most destructive and corrupt of any American Presidency. Beginning with the stolen election, Dubya led the country into two, practically unilateral and illegal wars while pulling … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 28 The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York – 1835 Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia for dancing the Turkey Trot. They were on their lunch break, but management … Continue reading

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Editorial: Contact Obama administration to stop plan to privatize Medicaid

Medicaid provides health insurance to about 500,000 Iowans. For decades, the government program has been operated by the state, which is not beholden to shareholders. Spending has been held down by reducing fraud, paying lower reimbursements to providers and giving … Continue reading

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New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end … Continue reading

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The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, I voted to provide … Continue reading

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Elected officials should work for we the people.

Elected officials should work for we the people. That’s why Congressman David Young should vote no on Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  And, that’s why we need you to join us on Wednesday, May 27 to … Continue reading

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Statement of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Fast Track Vote

“Sixty-two Senators today turned their backs on working families by voting for Fast Track.  This bill, which failed to address even one of our six criteria for creating a more democratic and transparent trade negotiating process, will undermine efforts to raise wages … Continue reading

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