Monthly Archives: March 2016

Quad Cities Coalition for Worker Justice Holds Rally at Brandt Construction

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Brandt Construction asks NLRB to postpone hearing while company owner vacations in Italy By Tracy Leone Dakota Upshaw has been on strike against Milan, Illinois-based Brandt Construction Company since last July. He had been working for Brandt’s subcontractor Hybrand in … Continue reading

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REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO STOP MEDICAID PRIVATIZATION OR PROVIDE OVERSIGHT

Des Moines, IA – With Medicaid privatization just two days away, Republicans in the Iowa House refused to stop the Governor’s plan to privatize health care for 560,000 Iowans or even provide additional oversight. “House Republicans have known about this … Continue reading

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Senility in the Senate

Senator Grassley has been sending out a form letter to constituents regarding his refusal to hold a Senate Judicial Committee hearing on President Obama’s nomination ofMerrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. The lines in his letter marked bold are worth … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 01 Many believe that Cincinnati on this day became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary. Others say no, it was Boston, back in 1678, exact date unknown – 1853 United Mine Workers of America … Continue reading

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Waterloo and Cedar Rapids have been fighting it out in the alleys for years.

Over $30,000 was raised during the Union Bowl this year with Cedar Rapids raising the most, and taking home the traveling trophy again this year. The 34th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Union bowling events was held March 6 in … Continue reading

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In Friedrichs Decision, Working People Win, Press Forward

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: Today, working people have persevered in the face of another attack on our rights. All over the country working people are showing … Continue reading

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Working families poised to take fight-back against wealthy special interests’ agenda, exposed in Friedrichs and SCOTUS fight, to polls in November

WASHINGTON—In issuing a 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict opportunities for America’s teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide our vital services … Continue reading

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Iowa Supreme Court Begins Felon Voting-Rights Hearing

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Supreme Court is to hear arguments today in a case that potentially could lift the state’s lifetime voting ban for people with felonies. The Iowa Constitution denies voting rights for anyone convicted of an … Continue reading

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Where is Chuck

Where is Chuck HOTLINE: 515-421-8997 Wednesday, March 30, 2016 14: number of days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland 67: average number of days for a Supreme Court confirmation vote (for nominees since 1975) 295: number of days left in … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 31 President Martin Van Buren issues a broadly-applicable executive order granting the 10-hour day to all government employees engaged in manual labor – 1840  (Your Rights in the Workplace, 10th edition: The most substantial “employee rights” reference we’ve found. … Continue reading

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March 30 at 9:45 AM: Iowans to Demonstrate at Closed-Door Grassley Event

March 30 ; at 9:45 AM: Iowans to Demonstrate at Closed-Door Grassley Event Iowans will stand together and call for Senator Grassley to hold a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Merrick Garland Carroll, Iowa —  March 30 … Continue reading

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In Friedrichs Decision, Working People Win, Press Forward

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: Today, working people have persevered in the face of another attack on our rights. All over the country working people are showing … Continue reading

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Striking workers protest in front of Muscatine business

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A group of striking workers from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. and its parent company picketed in front of the Muscatine Hy-Vee Mainstreet store in Muscatine Monday. The three workers were protesting Hy-Vee’s use of Hy-Brand as a contractor … Continue reading

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AFSCME’s Response to Supreme Court Ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

WASHINGTON —  “Today, the Supreme Court left standing nearly four decades of precedent and sound law that has worked for public employers and working people alike. This marks a significant defeat for the wealthy special interests who want to hijack our … Continue reading

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California Poised to Make History for Working People

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the California State Legislature introduction of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour:  Millions of working people in California and across the nation want an economy that will … Continue reading

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Iowa county governments: Don’t inconvenience us by protecting fundamental constitutional rights

The Iowa State Association of Counties has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to keep tens of thousands of citizens permanently disenfranchised so county auditors will have “a definition of infamous crime that can be easily discerned and quickly applied” as … Continue reading

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What’s the matter with Kansas?

By Tim DeLong03/29/16 Governor Sam Brownback IS what’s the matter with Kansas! Brownback ran for governor in 2010 promising to implement the Republican mantra of cutting taxes, watching businesses thrive, and having tax revenues go through the roof. Kansas was … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 30  Chicago stockyard workers win 8-hour day – 1918 At the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed march in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100 – 1930 The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety … Continue reading

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Privatized Medicaid needs oversight to protect Iowans

Senate Democrats are working to ensure Iowa’s health care safety net remains strong when the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid privatization plan is rolled out April 1. We can’t let privatization hurt the people Medicaid is supposed to help—and every one of us … Continue reading

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House Republican pushes pro-recession message

In October, less than a year into his congressional career, Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) raised a curious complaint: the economy in and around the nation’s capital, he said, was simply too good. After taking a picture of several DC-area construction … Continue reading

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