Daily Archives: September 8, 2015

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Remember that moment in the last Presidential election when Mitt Romney said ‘Corporations are people too!’ or how Obama developed into the heath care candidate?  Those were both through the power of citizen bird-dogging! Bird-dogging is an effective method for … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton talks labor issues on Labor Day in QCA

HAMPTON, Ill. (KWQC) – Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was back in the Quad Cities today for the Labor Day holiday. A big topic on many of her supporter’s minds, income inequality, raising the minimum wage and collective bargaining rights. Rock … Continue reading

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O’Malley: Time to grow labor movement

Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley brought a strong pro-labor message to Iowa City on Labor Day, touting his work to bolster wages and workers’ rights when he was governor of Maryland. “Make no mistake about it, if we want our middle class to be … Continue reading

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Labor leader: We’ll fight back against regents

There was plenty for local labor leaders to celebrate Monday during their annual picnic at City Park, namely a minimum wage increase on track to be passed by Johnson County this week, and a new community identification program that launched earlier this … Continue reading

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Labor Council Holds Labor Day Picnic

SIOUX CITY, IA – Labor Day is a day for workers across the country to kick up and relax and maybe fire up the grill one last time before fall. Monday afternoon, the Northwest Iowa Labor Council fired up its … Continue reading

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Lee County Labor Day

Ed McVeigh drove from St. Patrick Winchester, Missouri. to Keokuk, Iowa for the city’s Annual Labor Day Parade, Monday. “This is a great day. I love being out here, brought my grandson Camden, my son-in-law, daughter my wife.” The proud … Continue reading

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Labor Day Photos – 2015

From Around Iowa Iowa City

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Clinton stops at Hawkeye Labor Council Picnic

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – Democratic presidential candidate frontrunner Hillary Clinton worked the crowd of hundreds in Cedar Rapids on Labor Day. For union members like Carmen Oyloe, he hopes candidates like Clinton will fight for their rights if they … Continue reading

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Labor unions play big role in ‘Democratic voting strength,’ analyst says

DES MOINES, Iowa —The reach of labor unions can be an asset to Democratic presidential candidates in their campaigns. With the caucuses just months away, any support can make a difference. READ MORE

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East Moline’s Labor Day Parade supports local unions

EAST MOLINE, IL. (KWQC) – More than 60 area unions marched through the streets of East Moline celebrating Labor Day. While many people across the QCA were celebrating a three day weekend, many were also keeping an eye on Springfield. Where a … Continue reading

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Stolen chances: New report examines low-wage work and wage theft in Iowa

While a hot topic these days is the minimum wage — and rightly so — we also must ask whether those working at the minimum wage or any wage are receiving the pay they are owed. We know that often, … Continue reading

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Labor Day picnic honors true meaning of the holiday

MASON CITY, Iowa – Honoring Americans who keep America running, that is the original idea behind the Labor Day holiday and it’s also an idea that was celebrated at a Labor Day picnic in Mason City. Labor Day is the … Continue reading

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More can be done for working Iowans

With Labor Day here, it’s disappointing that all the good steps the Iowa Senate took for working families this year did not become law. The Republican-controlled House did not take up many key initiatives. That means the fight will continue … Continue reading

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O’Malley highlights Labor Day event

CLINTON — A visit Sunday by former Maryland governor and current presidential candidate Martin O’Malley highlighted Clinton’s annual Labor Day Picnic. This event attracted several political figures, including Iowa Sen. Rita Hart and Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe as well as … Continue reading

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Our opinion: Honor union leadership and collaboration

If you have the day off work today, that might be due to the work of labor unions. Myriad changes in the workplace grew out of the early years of organized labor. Unions fought hard for worker issues like health … Continue reading

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Union membership rises in Siouxland states

SIOUX CITY | The rate of union membership in Siouxland ticked up slightly last year, which local labor leaders see as another positive step toward reversing a decades-old decline in union rolls. In 2014, the most recent year for Bureau … Continue reading

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The Union Difference: Fair Wages and Benefits

September 7, 2015 | Author Ralph Scharnau The continuing debate over our economic inequality focuses on globalization and technology. These are seen as the determinants of our transformed economy and rising inequality. Remedies usually focus on better education and more … Continue reading

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Union members, families gather at Labor Day picnic

OTTUMWA — As the picnic began, a long line of folks waited patiently for the variety of pork, chicken and beef that awaited them. As hungry patrons took their plates and sat under the Jimmie Jones shelter to begin eating, … Continue reading

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The labor vote is still lucrative in Iowa

Ellen Fritz traveled across Iowa during the 2008 presidential primary season, knocking on countless doors to help her union’s push to get Hillary Clinton in the White House. The 62-year-old retiree from Council Bluffs, who spent more than a decade … Continue reading

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Sanders walks picket line with Iowa BCTGM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. – Bernie Sanders grabbed a sign and then a megaphone as he walked a labor picket line Friday night. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, joined perhaps 100 Cedar Rapids-area … Continue reading

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