Monthly Archives: June 2015

Labor History

June 26 Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike – 1894 The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence … Continue reading

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Tate: ‘I intend to spend’ more than formula allows

Davenport Schools Superintendent Art Tate is making good on his nearly four-month-old threat to spend more on students than Iowa’s per-pupil funding formula allows, but it appears he will be able to do so without facing the “serious consequences” he … Continue reading

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Accountability Alert – Fast Track approved by the U.S. Senate

Today, the U.S. Senate passed Fast Track legislation by a vote of 60-38.  The following 13 Senate Democrats joined most Republicans in voting wrong on Fast Track:  CA: Feinstein CO: Bennet DE: Carper and Coons FL: Nelson MO: McCaskill ND: … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Vice President Tefere Gebre Applauds the Restoration of the Voting Rights Act

Statement by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre in response to the Voting Rights Advancement Act:   The systematic racism that the Voting Rights Act was passed to repair still exists and in some ways has expanded. The labor movement … Continue reading

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Iowans urged to contact Governor

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Local, state leaders urge Governor Branstad to sign bipartisan legislation continuing services to Iowa families at the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute MOUNT PLEASANT — Bipartisan leaders of the Iowa House and Senate gathered today in Mount Pleasant to urge … Continue reading

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Bipartisan group pleads with Branstad: keep the MHIs open

A bipartisan group of state and local leaders held a news conference in Mount Pleasant Tuesday afternoon to urge Governor Branstad to keep the Mental Health Institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda open. A budget bill awaiting Branstad’s review would … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 24 Birth of Agnes Nestor, president of the Int’l Glove Workers Union and longtime leader of the Chicago Women’s Trade Union League. She began work in a glove factory at age 14 – 1880 Seventeen workers are killed as … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on South Carolina’s Announcement on Confederate Flag

While it is welcome news that Governor Nikki Haley has finally taken a public position to remove the confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol – it is far from enough.  Our nation continues to carry the deep wounds … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Pope’s Encyclical

The encyclical letter Pope Francis released yesterday, “Laudato Si,” challenges all of us to reflect deeply about the natural environment and our society, the dignity of all humans, and the need to seek solutions through solidarity. The AFL-CIO welcomes Pope … Continue reading

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Worker Wins Update: From Night Shifts to Nightclubs, Workers See Big Wins in June

  WASHINGTON, DC – Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.   NYC Musicians Win Major Bargaining Agreement with Historic Venue: This month, members of the Associated Musicians … Continue reading

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Reversing Iowa’s low-wage legacy

Reversing Iowa’s low-wage legacy How long will Iowa wait to boost wages … Perhaps one of the most glaring failures of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature was another missed opportunity to raise the minimum wage. Lawmakers approved the … Continue reading

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“Join the Conversation: Iowa White House Conference on Aging Dialogue”

The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans is proud to partner with The Iowa Area Agencies on Aging in hosting statewide community meetings for  “Join the Conversation: Iowa White House Conference on Aging Dialogue”  Friday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Job Growth ‘Painfully Slow’ May jobs erase April losses as jobless rate stays at 3.8 percent

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A May increase of 2,200 jobs kept Iowa on a long-term slow pace in job growth, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Iowa pin ban appealed to Supreme Court

A union has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court a ban against a pin that contains an unflattering image of Gov. Terry Branstad. The pin shows a black-and-white photograph of Branstad’s face bisected by a red diagonal slash with the … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 22 A total of 86 passengers on a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus are killed, another 127 injured in a wreck near Hammond, Indiana. Five days later the dead are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, … Continue reading

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ARA Update

  In a Setback for America’s Retirees, Fast Track Passes U.S. House  After a temporary victory on trade for retirees last week, the House of Representatives brought up Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) again, this time using special maneuvers to ensure … Continue reading

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IDP Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Decision Affirming Women’s Right to Healthcare

DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in response to a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court this morning upholding a woman’s right to healthcare and expanding access to vital care and services for Iowa … Continue reading

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Bring Back Glass Steagall, and Alexander Hamilton

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By Paul Gallagher, Editor, Executive Intelligence Review Most importantly for our economy and our future, one 2016 Presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, is out campaigning for restoring the Glass-Steagall Act; other candidates are close, and may join that … Continue reading

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Senator Taylor to host Mount Pleasant MHI news conference

Media Advance 1 PM, Tuesday, June 23 Mount Pleasant Treatment Center ICN Room, 1200 E. Washington Street Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641   Local, state leaders to urge Governor Branstad to sign bipartisan legislation continuing services to Iowa families at the … Continue reading

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Senate Fast-Track Vote Tuesday – What We Must Do Now

Now that the House passed a stand-alone fast track trade promotion authority bill Thursday, the action shifts to the Senate and a likely Tuesday rush vote. Fast track in essence preapproves the still-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and future corporate-deregulation and … Continue reading

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