Monthly Archives: September 2015

Labor History

September 23 The Workingman’s Advocate of Chicago publishes the first installment of The Other Side, by Martin A. Foran, president of the Coopers’ Int’l Union. Believed to be the first novel by a trade union leader and some say the first … Continue reading

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Judge: Branstad can be sued for mental-hospital closure

Democratic legislators and the leader of the state workers’ union have the right to sue Gov. Terry Branstad over his closure of two state mental hospitals, a judge has ruled. Branstad ordered in January that the state mental hospitals at … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Trumka Welcomes Pope Francis, Message of Progress for Working People

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the arrival of Pope Francis to the United States and his message of progress and justice for working people: Pope Francis’ arrival is a watershed moment for working people in the United States … Continue reading

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To honor Labor Day, protect laborers

On Labor Day a guest column by Rod Blum appeared in The Gazette. He said little about what Labor Day truly stands for — who created, fought, bled and yes even died to have this National Holiday for ALL working … Continue reading

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Solon’s minimum wage vote is unprecedented

Johnson County became the first place in Iowa to raise its minimum wage above $7.25/hour. This November the minimum wage will rise to $8.20. In November 2016, it will rise to $9.15 and in November 2017, $10.10. Recently, the Solon … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: August Pothole in Job Path

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Nonfarm Jobs Stumble but Jobless Rate Improves; Still, Long-Term Trend of Slow Growth in Iowa Jobs IOWA CITY, Iowa — While Iowa nonfarm jobs dropped slightly, by 800 in August, the state unemployment rate also dipped, to 3.7 percent, according … Continue reading

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Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit over Branstad closing mental health facilities

Polk County District Court Judge Douglas Staskal ruled yesterday that a lawsuit challenging Governor Terry Branstad’s line-item vetoes of mental health facility funding can move forward. A group of Democratic state legislators and AFSCME, Iowa’s largest public employee union, filed … Continue reading

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Iowa Alliance for Retired American’s elect a new president

The delegates at the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans’ Conference, elected Midge Slater as their new president. Slater was previously the Executive Director for the Iowa ARA. She is a retiree from the CWA union. Jan Laue was the most … Continue reading

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Democrats ask feds to block Medicaid privatization

Two leading Democratic legislators are asking federal administrators to block Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to turn the state’s Medicaid program over to private companies. Sens. Amanda Ragan and Liz Mathis contend that Branstad is trying to make the shift too … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stop demonizing Americans using food assistance

Although the GOP presidential debates have featured little discussion about poor Americans, politicians have numerous options for helping them. From increasing the minimum wage to tax credits to funding libraries, there’s an action every politician can get behind. Wisconsin Gov. … Continue reading

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Iowans should ignore Walker, strengthen unions

Labor unions have consistently been under attack by the far right, and Gov. Scott Walker’s recent column was the latest in his attempt to deride unions and attack workers, to cover up his own dreadful economic record. Iowans should ignore these … Continue reading

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Poverty Stubborn, Income Stagnant — But Good Signs as Health Coverage Jumps in Iowa Following Reform New Census data provide picture of what Iowa families are facing

Poverty Stubborn, Income Stagnant — But Good Signs as Health Coverage Jumps in Iowa Following Reform New Census data provide picture of what Iowa families are facing   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 17, 2015) — New Census data offer a mixed … Continue reading

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We are excited to announce the 2015 Inductees into the East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are excited to announce the 2015 Inductees into the East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet! Brother Tom Moritz United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 431 (Posthumous Award) Sister … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 19 Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981 Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, … Continue reading

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Key Senators ask feds to stop or slow down Branstad’s rush to privatize health care for at-risk Iowans

This release and letter to Federal CMS can be found at bit.ly DES MOINES — The state Senators responsible for health care policy and funding have asked Obama Administration officials to stop or significantly slow down Governor Branstad’s massive effort … Continue reading

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Johnson County Becomes 1st Iowa County to Pass Minimum Wage Increase City of Solon become 1st City in US History to lower the minimum wage

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After failures by the US Congress and Iowa State legislature to raise the minimum wage, Johnson County Supervisors voted unanimously to raise minimum wage for its residents last Wednesday September 10th. The increase would be phased in over three stages … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Makes Right Rate Decision for Working People

In response to the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: We are pleased that the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates unchanged. We know the economic recovery still has not reached working … Continue reading

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Labor Jam

The Second Annual Labor Jam will be held September 26, at the Union Labor Park in Des Moines. This year’s Jam will include five bands: Status; Brother Bailey Band; Harold Waits; Sugar Mountain and SP3. The music will start at … Continue reading

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President Trumka’s Remarks on The WAGE Act

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September 16, 2015 Thank you all for being here today. To all of our friends and allies standing with us and especially to Senator Murray and Congressman Scott, for your leadership on this important piece of legislation. Before I begin, … Continue reading

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Defeat of Right to Work is a Win for Working Families

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the defeat of Missouri’s Right-to-Work bill:   Governor Nixon’s veto of right to work legislation in Missouri sends a message loud and clear that working men and women will not sit back while … Continue reading

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