Monthly Archives: July 2015

Which legislators will abandon bipartisan compromise to increase local school funding?

  Deadline for local legislators to call for special session less than a week away   Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As … Continue reading

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President Obama Must Address Worker and Human Rights in East Africa

  Statement by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre on President Obama’s Visit to East Africa  We call on President Obama to address ongoing worker and human rights conditions in Kenya, Ethiopia, and the East Africa region.  During his visit, … Continue reading

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On big issues, Iowa leaders emerging locally

If state leaders won’t lead, local leaders in Iowa are showing they will take up the job. On three big issues in the last several months, we have seen this: •Des Moines Water Works is suing three counties in northern … Continue reading

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Wide Approval for Pope Francis’ Values of Community and Equality

  (Washington, DC – July 23, 2015) – Today Lake Research Partners released the results of a survey among religious and faith affiliated voters in advance of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S.  The survey reveals that the Pope’s … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Rejects Policies that Further Criminalize Immigrant Communities

    Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on House consideration of H.R.3009 the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act:   We should not allow shameless, anti-immigrant politicians to frame our nation’s policy debate. We reject this bill and any … Continue reading

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Deadline for local legislators to call for special session less than a week away

Which legislators will abandon bipartisan compromise to increase local school funding? Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As of Wednesday, July 22nd, 21 … Continue reading

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Johnson County Minimum Wage Debate

IOWA CITY, IOWA(CBS2/FOX28) — A Corridor county is getting on board the national minimum wage debate. The state of Iowa hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2008, but Johnson County may be raising theirs. The Board of Supervisors discussed the … Continue reading

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Accessible Iowa: Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a number of events to celebrate the milestone is planned across Iowa this weekend. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabil … Continue reading

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Rise Together – Raise the Wage

Today we made exciting progress in our Fight for 15 when the Johnson County Board of Supervisors took a first step in a local minimum wage ordinance. While the current ordinance being debated raises the wage to $10.10 by January … Continue reading

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Gender Wage Gap in Iowa Smallest in Trades, Forestry

If you would have told Naomi Gallmeyer when she was a little girl that she’d grow up to be a plumber, she says she probably wouldn’t have believed you, but that’s exactly what happened. Today, she’s drilling the holes in … Continue reading

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Branstad’s correctional policies failing Iowans

In Iowa’s correctional system, Community Based Corrections play an important role in keeping the public safe and promoting successful rehabilitation. Community Based Corrections are an intermediate step that help offenders transition between a prison-based environment and returning to society. Although … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 24 The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA’s agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in … Continue reading

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Governor, ‘It’s not me, it’s you’

In response to Gov. Terry Branstad’s latest comments about how schools must use resources wisely, I’m reminded of a slogan I saw on a T-shirt: “It’s not me, it’s you.” The governor’s comments in this article seem to be a … Continue reading

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Social Security Report Delivers Reassuring News for Working Families

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the release of the 2015 Old-Age, Survivors, And Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trustees Report: Today’s report should reassure retired and disabled workers, their families and everyone working towards their retirement. On the eve of … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Trumka Statement on Passing of Theodore Bikel

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the passing of former AFL-CIO Executive Council Board Member, Theodore Bikel. Theo’s passion on-stage was matched only by his passion for working people behind the scenes. His legacy will be felt by those … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Looking for a stronger trend Strong June rise in nonfarm jobs as jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs rose by 3,000 in June following a slight downward revision for May, as the state unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. … Continue reading

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Johnson County Supervisors set to discuss county minimum wage hike

IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is exploring the possibility of bypassing state and federal rates to create a countywide ordinance raising the minimum wage. However, the legality behind such a move — basically whether the county … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 23 Anarchist Alexander Berkman shoots and stabs but fails to kill steel magnate Henry Clay Frick in an effort to avenge the Homestead massacre 18 days earlier, in which nine strikers were killed. Berkman also tried to use what … Continue reading

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Working History – Southern Labor Studies Association

The Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) announces the launch of its podcast, Working History.  Hosted by SLSA President Beth English, Working History spotlights the work of leading labor historians, activists, and practitioners focusing on the U.S. South. The podcast is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The inaugural … Continue reading

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Go Spread the Word

Become an advocate and help raise awareness about coronary artery disease (CAD) in women. If you or someone you know is experiencing possible symptoms of CAD, it’s important to know about your testing options, including which tests may be safer … Continue reading

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