Monthly Archives: March 2016

Boom year for Iowa construction jobs

If you like outdoor work and want a good-paying job in Iowa, this year could offer a golden opportunity. The Iowa Department of Transportation plans a record-busting $806 million in statewide road and bridge projects this construction season. In addition, the Bakken … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Big bump in road in February

Big drop in payroll jobs following January boost — jobless rate at 3.7 percent IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 25, 2016) — A 6,200-job drop in February wiped out big gains in January as Iowa’s economy settled back into its overall … Continue reading

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What you need to know about President Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination — The Honorable Merrick Garland

Excerpts from the White House Born and raised in Illinois by a mother who served as a community volunteer and a father who ran a small business out of the family home, Chief Judge Garland was valedictorian of his public … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 28  Members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 begin what is to become a 4-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Co. in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a … Continue reading

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We need your help – Senator Chuck Grassley will be in Rock Rapids, Ocheyedan, and Orange City next week

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We need your help – Senator Chuck Grassley will be in Rock Rapids, Ocheyedan, and Orange City next week. Can you be there to ask him a question, face to face? Senator Grassley has refused to even hold a hearing … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Applauds New Lifesaving Silica Dust Rules

Statement of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on OSHA’s new workplace silica standards Today millions of workers can literally breathe easier knowing that they will not have to sacrifice their lungs and their lives by working in deadly silica dust. The … Continue reading

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Grassley ad misinforms Iowans over Supreme Court

A group is running television advertisements in Iowa on behalf of Sen. Chuck Grassley saying that he wants “the people” to select the next U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace the Honorable Antonin Scalia, via this year’s presidential election.  Grassley justifies refusing … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 26 San Francisco brewery workers begin a 9-month strike as local employers follow the union-busting lead of the National Brewer’s Association. and fire their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along, kept producing … Continue reading

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Branstad’s April Fool’s Day joke, “Medicaid Privatization”

By Rick Smith03/25/16 DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Branstad’s launching of this unproven, poorly executed and dubious Medicaid Privatization plan on April 1 (April Fool’s Day) should be a warning to all. The history and definition of April Fool’s Day … Continue reading

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Will SCOTUS Scrutiny Spell The End Of The “Full Grassley”?

Where’s Chuck Grassley? Not many people seem to know the answer to that, despite the Senate being on a two-week recess. That’s typically when Iowa’s senior senator embarks on his much-publicized county meetings as part of his 99 county “Full … Continue reading

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Local Unions Respond to Blum Tweet Calling for”Recession” in Washington, D.C.

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Iowa Democrats sing praises of “ObamaCare”

Iowa Democrats staged a statehouse news conference today to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. The event concluded with the singing of “Happy Birthday” and some in the group sang “ObamaCare” instead of the Affordable Care Act in … Continue reading

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North Liberty minimum wage

Also 30 people from all facets of the community stood up for the low wage workers of Johnson County and petitioned the North Liberty City Council and got them to do nothing.  Because of their actions the working poor of … Continue reading

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COPE Convention April 23 – Time running out to register

Pursuant to Article XII of the Constitution of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, you are hereby notified that the C.O.P.E. Pre-Primary Convention will be held at IBEW Local 405, 1211 Wiley Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 23, 2016.  … Continue reading

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Today is a sad day for Iowans concerned about the future.

Statement by ISEA President Tammy Wawro on the Iowa House and Senate passage of Senate Files 174 and 175 DESMOINES, IA (03/23/2016)(readMedia)– Today is a sad day for Iowans concerned about the future. Today, legislators went back on their promise … Continue reading

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Senators predict possible April 1 ‘implosion’ of Iowa Medicaid program

State officials say the 560,000 Iowans who get their health care coverage through government-paid Medicaid should be getting a new card in the mail soon. Iowa’s Medicaid program will be managed by three private companies starting April 1. According to … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 24 Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to theNew York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: “I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Latest GOP union-busting efforts detailed:

“Republicans are trying to bust federal unions in a variety of ways,” warns AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman. “A recent report in The Washington Post details an attempt to intimidate rank-and-file union leaders.” Goldman reports that there are … Continue reading

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Iowans are asking: Where is Chuck Grassley?

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Why Courts Matter Iowa asks Iowans to call the ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at (515) 421-8997 due to Senator Grassley’s lack of events being held during the state work period, as well as rumors of numerous unpublicized private events. IOWA … Continue reading

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Labor History App

The purpose of this app is to educate and engage people in the Labor Movement. The app is set up with a four sections. The following sections are labor history time line, people in labor history, labor terminology, and labor … Continue reading

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