Daily Archives: July 14, 2015

WHY IS 1ST DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DIRECTOR KAREN HERKELMAN PUTTING EXCESSIVE MANAGEMENT PERKS FIRST?

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DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement about the 1st District Department of Correctional Services (covering Allamakee, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties) failing to cut management … Continue reading

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Striking Hy-Brand Workers Rally for “Safety Before Profits”

Milan, Illinois – A group of workers from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors in Muscatine will travel to the Quad Cities Wednesday to send a message to company executives that it’s time to address the safety hazards and abusive treatment they say … Continue reading

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More Than 165,000 Petition Signers Demand SEC Finalize Rule Requiring CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure

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In petitions delivered today to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), more than 165,000 Americans demanded that the commission finally implement the proposal requiring companies to disclose their CEO-to-median worker pay ratio which was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act … Continue reading

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USW Local 444 rejects three-year contract proposal

The Membership of United Steel Workers Local 444 has voted to reject a three year contract proposal from Henniges Automotive in Keokuk, according to a union news release. The ratification meeting took place Friday at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk … Continue reading

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Call issued for special session to restore education, mental health care compromises

Decisions by individual legislators will determine fate of Governor’s vetoes (Des Moines) Iowa’s State Senators are being formally asked to support an effort to restore several key compromises made during the 2015 session which benefited education and mental health care. … Continue reading

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“Scott Walker is a national disgrace.”

“Scott Walker is a national disgrace,” reads the entirety of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement By Simon Vozick-Levinson July 13, 2015 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of the most hardcore right-wing extremists in America. His slash-and-burn policies have gutted Wisconsin workers’ … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 15 Some 50,000 lumberjacks strike for 8-hour day – 1917 Ralph Gray, an African-American sharecropper and leader of the Share Croppers Union, is murdered in Camp Hill, Ala. – 1931 A half-million steelworkers begin what is to become a … Continue reading

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