Monthly Archives: September 2015

Address to the Chicago Federation of Labor Archbishop Blase J. Cupich Archbishop of Chicago

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Plumber’s Union Hall September 17, 2015 Introduction: Thank you all for your generous welcome. Leaders of the labor movement in our city have been both welcoming and patient with me in this first year as Archbishop of Chicago. Until now, … Continue reading

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State’s move to managed care could cut Linn County jobs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Some 80 Linn County social service employees with union wages and benefits who provide care to the intellectually and developmentally disabled could see their jobs vanish as Iowa shifts from a state-administered Medicaid program to a private … Continue reading

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Organizers’ Roundtable!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, October is rapidly approaching, and so is our next Organizers’ Roundtable! It’s scheduled for Friday, October 16th from 10am–Noon at the office of the Ames Organizing Project (546 Main Street in Ames). The program is free, … Continue reading

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Coalition of Labor Union Women to take on “War on Women” at Convention: All Members (as of Oct. 5) Can Be Delegates

            Do you want women finally to receive equal pay to their male counterparts? Raise the minimum wage for those women who are working but still live in poverty? Reinforce the right of women to make their own health care … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 30 A total of 29 strike leaders are charged with treason—plotting “to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”—for daring to strike the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa. Jurors refuse to convict them – 1892 … Continue reading

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stop the garnishment of people’s Social Security benefits to pay for their student loan debt

Social Security benefits traditionally have been protected from debt collectors. But Republicans in Congress—always looking for an opportunity to cut Social Security benefits—created a loophole in 1996 that allowed outstanding federal student loan debt to be taken from the benefits that … Continue reading

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2015 Labor Jam

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Climate Regulations, Human Rights and Currency Manipulation Must Be Addressed By China

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S.: Climate change deals between the U.S. and China will unfortunately be undermined by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unless the TPP explicitly incorporates climate … Continue reading

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Editorial: Is Branstad behaving like an autocrat?

Gov. Terry Branstad has established a pattern of governing that ignores the existence of 150 state lawmakers. When legislators complain, lawsuits allege an abuse of power, or Iowans die after being moved from a state home he closed, the governor is … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 28 The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a … Continue reading

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Bi-Partisan Legislation Will Improve Healthcare for Working Americans

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the introduction of legislation to repeal the forty percent tax on quality health benefits from the Affordable Care Act:  America’s working families are encouraged by the bipartisan leadership to improve access to comprehensive … Continue reading

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Time for UI faculty to unionize, oppose Harreld

The Iowa Board of Regents, its president Bruce Rastetter and acting University of Iowa President and chair of the search committee Jean Robillard, have corrupted the process by which the selection of the university’s next president was conducted. We now … Continue reading

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Stand with Social Security Works

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This week, Governor Scott Walker, the Koch brothers’ chosen candidate, dropped out of the Republican presidential primary. This stands as a complete repudiation of right-wing economic policies that grip Walker and his contemporaries, who announce their plans to devastate Social … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 24 Canada declares the Wobblies illegal – 1918 September 25 American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisc. – 1874 (Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs … Continue reading

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Scott Walker’s Failed Anti-Worker Strategy

Governor Scott Walker’s candidacy, while disgraceful, delivered one of the most important political lessons in decades: basing a campaign on attacking working people just doesn’t work – no matter how much Koch Brothers’ money you throw at it. Regular working … Continue reading

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2015 IFL Hall of Fame Photos

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Plaque placed at Lake Ahquabi

Union Sportsmen Alliance (USA) placed a plaque on the fish house at Lake Ahquabi in honor of the Unions that donated labor and fund to the renovation of the building. Earlier this year, several unions spent days working on projects … Continue reading

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You are invited to a meeting of local leaders, health care providers and families who depend on Medicaid funded health care services

The meeting will take place at 4 PM on Thursday, September 24 in Room 108 of the NIACC Charles City Center, 200 Harwood Drive in Charles City. Senator Wilhelm is organizing this meeting, and has arranged for State Senator Amanda … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Welcomes the Pope

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Harkin sees post-Senate work focused on issues, not partisan politics

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Tom Harkin, fleshing out his plans after leaving the Senate, says he’s going to focus on what he sees as progressive issues but will avoid traditional partisan political issues. “First of all I’m getting heavily … Continue reading

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