Monthly Archives: June 2015

Central Iowa Building Trades volunteers complete handicapped pier, fishing house restorations at Lake Ahquabi State Park

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. — As part of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Work Boots on the Ground conservation program, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 81 and the Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades … Continue reading

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Overtime Rules Change

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  rules to restore the overtime protection workers have lost to inflation since 1975. Under federal overtime regulations, workers who earn less than a certain salary level are generally entitled to overtime protection. The last regular adjustment to the salary … Continue reading

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Support for public education now a partisan issue

When considering the accomplishments of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature, it makes sense to be clear about where we started. In Iowa, Republicans control the governor’s office and the Iowa House. Democrats control the Iowa Senate. That means … Continue reading

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Strong hint AFSCME will sue governor over MHI closures

The head of the union that represents the largest share of state employees is in southwest Iowa today meeting with workers who’re being laid off from the state-run Mental Health Institute in Clarinda. AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said … Continue reading

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President Richard Trumka Applauds Overtime Expansion Proposal

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Labor proposal to expand overtime protections:   Millions of America’s workers are one step closer to earning the overtime pay they rightfully deserve but have been systematically denied. Working people … Continue reading

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In Tax Battles, “Competitiveness” Means Coercion

Watch out for this one. With fast track trade authority done, the big corporations are now pushing for massive tax giveaways. This is another exercise of raw corporate power by the few to take what they want from the many. … Continue reading

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Dollar General and overtime

Let me introduce you to Dawn. Dawn’s employer, Dollar General, basically cheated her out of money because an outdated rule about who is eligible for overtime pay said they could. And Dawn’s not alone. An estimated 6 million workers should … Continue reading

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APWU Reaches Tentative Agreement for Private-Sector Drivers

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06/26/2015 – The APWU and the Mail Contractors of America (MCA) have reached a tentative contract agreement for private-sector drivers in terminals in Des Moines and Kansas City. Union members at those terminals will have the opportunity to vote to … Continue reading

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Pass a budget in Illinois

June 29, 2015 Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Leader Durkin, and Leader Radogno: As Illinois organizations deeply concerned about the state’s responsibilities and obligations to serve children, families, and communities, we write to urge you to work together … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 29 What is to be a 7-day streetcar strike begins in Chicago after several workers are unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: “One of my men said he was at … Continue reading

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Iowa Federation of Labor has not endorsed any candidates

Contrary to a newspaper article printed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Iowa Federation of Labor (IFL) has not endorsed and will not endorse candidate Sanders or any other presidential candidate. The Iowa Federation of Labor has no authority to … Continue reading

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It’s not just about jobs

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RE: The Register’s Editorial “House Dems protect their jobs, not ours, with trade votes. It’s not just about jobs. Labor is not against trade. We are in favor of “Fair Trade” not “Free Trade” that has no protections for workers, … Continue reading

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Editorial: State must change ‘do-not-hire list’

Given the fact that thousands of people work for the state of Iowa, it makes sense that the state would assemble some sort of a list of past workers who shouldn’t be considered for re-hiring. That said, the state’s notorious … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler Applauds the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Marriage Equality

Statement by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of same-sex marriages:  Today’s Supreme Court decision marks a truly historic day in America. While there is still work to do to secure economic and social justice … Continue reading

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President Richard Trumka Offers Condolences to Families of Charleston Victims

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in recognition of funeral services being held for the Charleston victims:  This is very sad day as we commemorate those who lost their lives to a horrible act of racial violence. It is also … Continue reading

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Labor History

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June 27 Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 – 1869 The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the “Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in … Continue reading

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Reminder: Rod Blum and David Young Both Support Repealing Affordable Health Care for Thousands of Iowans

DES MOINES – The Supreme Court today affirmed that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care. Today’s decision ensures that nearly 40,000 Iowans, including thousands in Iowa’s first and third congressional districts, will be able to keep subsidies for … Continue reading

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President Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on United States Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell: Today’s decision is an important victory for the millions of people who need financial assistance to make health insurance affordable and for everyone committed … Continue reading

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Going Beyond Labor’s Limitations: Larry Cohen Reflects on His Time as a Progressive Union President

In early June, Larry Cohen stepped down from his 10-year tenure as president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the 700,000-member union of telephone, airline, broadcast, journalism (including In These Times’ staff), and government workers, among others. “That’s unusual … Continue reading

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Deadline approaching for DAV Tax Credit

A change to the Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit (HF 616) was approved by the Legislature this spring and signed into law late last week. The change makes applications for the tax credit retroactive to January 1, 2014. Applications … Continue reading

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