Monthly Archives: May 2015

State Historical Society—Home to Iowa Labor History and Interview Collections—is in Danger

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The Labor Collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) form one of the most important labor history collections in the U.S. and represent the shared heritage of the Iowa labor movement going back over a century. Iowa union … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Medicare On Thursday, the Senate voted to end debate on giving President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be implemented without amendments. The House of Representatives Has … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 25 Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken – 1805 Philip Murray is born … Continue reading

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Branstad critics see irony in mental health proclamation

DES MOINES | Gov. Terry Branstad came under fire Thursday for signing a Mental Health Month proclamation while defending his plan to close two of the state’s four mental health institutions. “Frankly, the governor signing this proclamation is laughable given … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit Photos

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Disappointing Vote

“It is disappointing that the Senate decided to move ahead to consider the Fast Track bill that will cede congressional leverage to ensure that US trade deals, including the TPP, help rather than hurt America’s working families. We’ve seen the … Continue reading

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Robert Reich at the Working Families Summit

Listen to Robert Reich at the Working Families Summit – May 16, 2015 click on – Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 pm click here to go to audio

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Help Elect Paul McAndrew to the Board of South Slope

Local Attorney Paul McAndrew is running for South Slope Board of Directors for the North Liberty seat. Paul is a friend of working families who will bring balance and accountability to the anti-worker tactics of South Slope CEO Justyn Miller. … Continue reading

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Women of Steel donate to Habitat for Humanity

On May 14, USW Local 310 Women of Steel presented a check to Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for $1160. The money was raised through our burrito sale in March and will go toward the Hammers and Heels Women … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 22 Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike – 1895 (The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Report Highlights Reasons Why TPP Is Not the Answer to Trade Issues with China

(Washington, DC, Wednesday, May 20th) – On a conference call today, AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers and Roosevelt Institute Senior Economist Adam Hersh described the reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the solution to improving China’s … Continue reading

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Loebsack: Listen to workers, not GOP lip service

Last weekend saw a lot of activity across central Iowa in the political sphere, a not unfamiliar scene for our state less than a year away from the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. In Ames, more than 500 working Iowans packed an … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Labor Council Steak Fry

Hello all, I want to remind everyone that the Annual Steak Fry will be on June 13th @ 1211 Wiley Blvd SW Cedar Rapids Iowa ( IBEW 405 Hall ) I will need to have our order placed with the … Continue reading

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USW 310 Officers

Everyone welcome Our new Local 310 Officers! President Steve Vonk, VP Dan Kelley,Financial Secretary Laurie Chapman, Recording Secretary Tim Linn, Tresurer Jim Martens, Guide Scott Danks, Guards Kenny Jackson and Brian Myers, Trustees Chris Tague, Justin Wheeler, Bill Campbell

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Message from Iowa To Presidential Candidates: Which Side Are You On?

May 19, 2015 Larry Cohen More than 500 active leaders from 56 organizations spent Saturday at Iowa State University in general sessions and workshops uniting around issues and strategies at the Working Families Summit. I had been to Iowa in … Continue reading

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Worker Wins Update:

Workers Score Victories In Pay and Organizing, Help Others in Community May 20, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions. LA City Council Approves … Continue reading

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Raising Wages Champion Wins Philadelphia Mayoral Primary

Kenney’s win shows that voters want leadership on wages, jobs May 19, 2015 – Philadelphians chose a former union dishwasher and son of a firefighter to lead the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ today, as raising wages champion Jim Kenney was … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 20 The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions – 1926 Some 9,000 rubber workers strike in Akron, Ohio – 1933 May 21 Italian activists and anarchists Nicola … Continue reading

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DMEA Reply to DM Register Editorial Board on Outsourcing Substitutes

The Des Moines Register’s editorial team states that they are standing up for the sake of students in their latest piece supporting the outsourcing of substitute teachers in the Des Moines school district. Beyond supporting the outsourcing proposal the Register … Continue reading

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TPP Event in Cedar Valley

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And this is how we greet candidates in the cedar valley who haven’t said whether they are for or against the TPP. We received a lot of press from the local/national media this morning. We’re hoping that our persistence will … Continue reading

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