Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fisher: $10.10 minimum wage is first step toward progress in local economy

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By Peter Fisher, Resarch Director As published August 25, 2015, by The Press-Citizen, Iowa City The proposal to set a minimum wage for Johnson County workers at $10.10 is an important first step toward creating a local economy that provides … Continue reading

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Progressive policies get focus at corn feed

About 200 people gathered Sunday at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in downtown Des Moines to rally for progressive causes and Democratic congressional candidates. The event, hosted by activist organization Progress Iowa, was intended to spotlight progressive policy goals rather than … Continue reading

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Informational Picket Line With Bernie Sanders

Informational Picket Line With Bernie Sanders This Friday, September 4th 5:00 pm Penford/Ingredion 1001 1st Street SW, Cedar Rapids   Our Brothers and Sisters in BCTGM Local 100G who work at Penford need our help to stop the company from … Continue reading

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CLUW Launches First National Survey: Focus is on Health Needs, All Union Women Are Asked to Take A Few Minutes to Answer

“As part of its commitment to empower union women, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) provides its members with health information. To assist us in tailoring that information, we created a short survey with one of our Spread the Word campaign partners, HealthyWomen,” announces CLUW … Continue reading

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Get off the caucus sidelines

The biggest field of presidential candidates ever takes the field for the Iowa caucuses. If Iowa traditions continue, the vast majority of Iowa voters will sit this game out. The record caucus turnouts reported by each party represent just a … Continue reading

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Editorial: Super PACs have hijacked our elections

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana once said that elections are more often bought than won. Sad to say, but Hamilton was right. In 2002, Congress itself tried to lessen the influence of money on elections with campaign finance reform. … Continue reading

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Join us for the: Des Moines Labor Day Parade Get a free AFSCME T-Shirt!

Monday, September 7th Line Up at East 12th & East Grand (Just east of State Capitol) Please come to line up at 10:00 AM Please RSVP using this page. Please make sure to RSVP using personal contact information and from … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 31 John Reed forms the Communist Labor Party in Chicago. The Party’s motto: “Workers of the world, unite!” – 1919 Some 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, W.Va., for recognition of their union, the United Mine … Continue reading

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UPCOMING LABOR CENTER PROGRAMS on the UI CAMPUS

Advanced Steward School – last chance to register (a few seats still available) September 10-11, 2015, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City Download flyer (pdf) This two-day conference is for union officers, staff, and experienced stewards. This course … Continue reading

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It’s time to raise the wage

Having grown up in poverty and being raised by a single mother, I remember sitting around the kitchen table with my family and having to make tough decisions about how the bills were going to get paid. This is one … Continue reading

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Wage Theft in Iowa: An Invisible Epidemic

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        Exposure, Enforcement Needed to Protect Iowa Workers’ Paychecks See our full report (30-page PDF) Executive summary (2-page PDF) This news release (2-page PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa (August 27, 2012) — Too many Iowans are not being … Continue reading

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Wage Theft in Iowa: An Invisible Epidemic

  Exposure, Enforcement Needed to Protect Iowa Workers’ Paychecks See our full report (30-page PDF) Executive summary (2-page PDF) This news release (2-page PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa (August 27, 2012) — Too many Iowans are not being paid wages they … Continue reading

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County supervisors approve first reading of wage increase

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the first consideration of an ordinance that would raise the county’s minimum wage. Three votes are required for final passage of the ordinance, which would increase the county’s minimum wage from … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 29 Sixty letter carriers from 18 states meet in a room above Schaefer’s Saloon on Plankinton Avenue in Milwaukee. They unanimously adopt a resolution to form a National Association of Letter Carriers – 1889 Seventy-five workers die when the … Continue reading

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Some facts and history about the labor movement:

Today, Labor Day is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones at a barbecue or picnic, take a trip or to just relax. In all the fun we often forget the struggle that working Americans endured and the victories … Continue reading

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NLRB Joint Employer Decision Reflects True Nature of Today’s Economy

  Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the National Labor Relations Board decision on Browning-Ferris Industries of Pennsylvania, Inc.: This decision may very well signal the beginning of the end of outdated laws that fail to address an economic … Continue reading

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Retirement pre-funding puts Postal Service in red

Lawmakers should address the pre-funding fiasco so the Postal Service can innovate and thrive At the beginning of the Internet age, some predicted that the U.S. Postal Service would be rendered obsolete. As more people communicated online, the Postal Service … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 27 Some 14,000 Chicago teachers who have gone without pay for several months finally collect about $1,400 each – 1934 President Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize all the nation’s railroads to prevent a general strike. The railroads … Continue reading

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Are you excited for the Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sunday? We are!

We’re expecting a great crowd, and there’s still time to buy your tickets — click here to purchase today! If you already have your tickets, here’s what to expect on Sunday: GREAT SPEAKERS: Senator Tom Harkin, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Representatives Dave … Continue reading

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