Monthly Archives: April 2016

Labor History

April 29 Coxey’s Army of 500 unemployed civil war veterans reaches Washington, D.C. – 1894 An estimated one thousand silver miners, angry over low wages, the firing of union members and the planting of spies in their ranks by mine … Continue reading

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Ken Sagar Speaking at the Des Moines Workers Memorial Day Event

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TAPS

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Tell Grassley to do his job.

Upcoming Events WHAT: #DoYourJob Demonstration! WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 12:00 p.m. WHERE: Outside the federal building, 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, Iowa RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/263562540658270/ WHAT: Sen. Grassley Town Hall WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 3:45-4:45 p.m. WHERE: Taylor County Farm Bureau … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day and Vets

Today is Workers Memorial Day. More than 150 work-related deaths occur every single day in the United States. I often remark to folks that there’s not an issue affecting the working class that isn’t also affecting veterans. Workers Memorial Day … Continue reading

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Early Voting at Auditors Offices

If there is a primary election in your county, you can vote no at your county auditors office. The General election is June 7. Click here to get the location of your county auditors office

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Let’s reduce workplace death to zero

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We all remember the excitement of the first day of our first job. As grocery store cashiers or waiters or whatever we do, we take pride in our work from day one. That passion makes the reality of death on … Continue reading

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Democrat Kim Weaver is focused on ousting the King

My name is Kim Weaver, and I’m running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District to defeat Steve King. I was born in Des Moines and obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. In 1991 I moved to Sheldon … Continue reading

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Let’s Reduce Workplace Death to Zero

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We all remember the excitement of the first day of our first job. As grocery store cashiers or waiters or whatever we do, we take pride in our work from day one. That passion makes the reality of death on … Continue reading

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A squeaky wheel is heard — but not fixed​

Davenport has been the squeaky wheel on school funding inequity in Iowa, and the Iowa House this week tried to apply a drop of oil. Problem is, the whole axle is rusty, and cracked. By law, 164 school districts — … Continue reading

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150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

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View Report here: aflcio.org/death-on-the-job  (Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a … Continue reading

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Editorial: Repeal Obamacare and replace with … nothing?

It has been more than six years since the Affordable Care Act became law. During that time, Republicans in the U.S. House have voted dozens of times to repeal, defund or dismantle it. Never have they voted on a bill … Continue reading

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Prince Was a Champion for Working People

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by Kenneth Quinnell, AFL-CIO  |  April 26, 2016 The world lost a musical icon last week. You’ll read about his impact as a musician and an entertainer elsewhere, but let’s take a second to look at Prince’s career-spanning fights on behalf of … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 28 Coal mine collapses at Eccles, W.Va., killing 181 workers – 1914 A total of 119 die in Benwood, W.Va., coal mine disaster – 1924 United Wallpaper Craftsmen & Workers of North America merges with Pulp, Sulfite & Paper … Continue reading

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ATTENTION! CRITICAL ACTION ALERT ON DOT FUNDING!

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The Transportation Budget Bill, Senate File 2320, is now in a Conference Committee. Conference Committees are used to resolve differences between versions of bills passed by the House and Senate. The Senate Majority passed a budget that includes $9.7 million … Continue reading

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Congress Must Pass Pro-Worker Puerto Rico Debt Legislation

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Factsheet: Union Recommendations on Amendments to PROMESA (Washington, DC, April 26, 2016) – On a conference call today, union and faith advocates for the people of Puerto Rico discussed ways Congress can do its job and help end the humanitarian … Continue reading

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republican medical cannabis plan fails

 republicans ignore comprehensive iowa plan, fail to pass an alternative Des Moines, Iowa – After refusing to debate a comprehensive plan offered by Democratic lawmakers to allow Iowans to access medical cannabis in Iowa, House Republicans failed to pass their … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 27 First strike for 10-hour day, by Boston carpenters – 1825 James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity – 1911 President Dwight Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements for Government Employment. The order listed “sexual … Continue reading

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Worker’s Memorial Day Events around Iowa

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Working for Safe Jobs Iowa Workers Who Lost Their Lives on the Job to Be Honored  Iowa Working families call for further safety measures at all workplaces On April 28, 2016, local workers, labor and faith leaders will gather to … Continue reading

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Basu: It’s time to crack down on wage discrimination

The wage gap between Iowa’s men and women, especially women of color, has far-reaching consequences: More than 110,000 households in Iowa are headed by women, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Women and Families. Seventy-one percent of Iowa women are … Continue reading

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