Daily Archives: December 14, 2015

Passing of a labor champion leaves a hard-to-fill gap

Mark L. Smith, sent out one of his final email blasts recently. Significantly, it was about the mass incarceration of African-Americans as the latest form of segregation. The white Chicago native and longtime labor advocate, who died Dec. 4 at age 71, had … Continue reading

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Local Pickets

IBEW Local 55 is has been holding area standards pickets in the Des Moines area against non union workers working for Aevenia. There may be more scheduled pickets after the first of the year. Photos of the past couple events

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Support IBEW Local 55 Cradling New Life

Our Bass Pro Fundraiser is December 22nd!!! We will be wrapping presents, so please stop by and spread the word!!! We are wrapping presents for a donation to Cradling New Life!!! Help us help more families with little ones in … Continue reading

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Building Justice at Brandt/Hy-Brand

Hybrand workers in Muscatine, Iowa, are on strike, and several union members have been fired. More information on the strike

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BUY UNION MADE GIFTS

Union-service in America. It doesn’t get much better than that. When the holiday season comes around, I like to support my union brothers and sisters when I go shopping. If you’re like most Americans, you probably own a smartphone. And … Continue reading

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Iowans warned: Medicaid patients may lose doctors

At least one health care provider is warning patients that Iowa’s plan to switch to privatized Medicaid management may force them to find new doctors. And the state last week acknowledged the possibility after the Hematology & Oncology Center of … Continue reading

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Column: Branstad and Reynolds: a record of broken promises

Today Gov. Terry Branstad breaks the record and will become the longest serving governor in American history. That accomplishment is noteworthy and should be recognized. Unfortunately, simply serving in office longer than any governor in our country’s history is by … Continue reading

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Continue to Make Waves and Raise Wages this Season

Washington, DC – Workers across the country finished 2015 strong, fighting for and achieving several significant victories to help create a better life for all working families. Trump Las Vegas Workers Voting ‘Yes’ to Join Union: Last week, workers at … Continue reading

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“Real People Ready for Real Solutions” Issues Summit

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Iowa CCI and CCI Action, along with regional and national allies, are hosting two big events – same place, same day! Join us on January 9th for our “Real People Ready for Real Solutions” Issues Summit and “Putting Families First” … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 14 Some 33,000 striking members of the Machinists end a 69-day walkout at Boeing after winning pay and benefit increases and protections against subcontracting some of their work overseas – 1995 December 15 AFL convention passes a 1¢ per … Continue reading

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