Daily Archives: April 19, 2016

Trades Apprentice Career Fair

Hundreds of High School students and young adults got a firsthand look at skilled work such at welding, bricklaying, heavy equipment operation and power tools as part of the multi-day Construction Apprentice Center Fair that took place around Iowa, April … Continue reading

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The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

Over the last several decades, employers have moved away from pension-based retirement plans toward the 401(k) savings model. Participation in these do-it-yourself retirement savings plans is highly unequal across income groups because the system is stacked against those who can … Continue reading

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Workers’ Memorial Day around Iowa

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Polk County explores minimum wage increase

Polk County could join a growing number of communities across the country that are bucking state standards and increasing the local minimum wage. The Board of Supervisors is expected to form a task force Tuesday to explore raising the minimum wage in the state’s … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Trade Video Warns That TPP Would Double Down on NAFTA’s Economic Devastation

Watch the Video  (Washington, DC, April 19, 2016) – Today, the AFL-CIO released a video showing first-hand the devastating economic impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could have on communities across the country. Last week United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard testified … Continue reading

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Editorial: Big talk, no money for illiterate third-graders

When Gov. Terry Branstad embarked on a quest to create “world class schools” in Iowa, his staff repeatedly stressed the importance of ensuring students could read by the end of third grade. His 2011 blueprint for education reform specifically called … Continue reading

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Earth Day at the Capitol

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Thursday April 21, 2016  Noon – 1:00 p.m. Room 116, Iowa State Capitol Actions Iowans Can Take For Our Future Come and Join Us – Bring a Friend! Join us at the State Capitol as Iowans highlight current environmental challenges, … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 20 Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass. – 1912 Ludlow massacre: Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 children—at … Continue reading

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