Monthly Archives: June 2016

Retirees Strongly Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Washington, DC – Citing her commitment to expand Social Security, strengthen Medicare and rein in prescription drug prices, the members of the executive board of the Alliance for Retired Americans voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for United States President on … Continue reading

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Keep Carrier Corp. Jobs in the U.S.

On February 10th Carrier Corporation and its parent company, United Technologies, abruptly announced to its dedicated workforce of 1,400, that their jobs were headed for Mexico. This company has been highly profitable, raking in over $7 Billion in profits in … Continue reading

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The Democratic Party Platform Must Include Opposition to the TPP

By a narrow majority, the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee voted not to include opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the draft platform. The TPP is a bad trade deal that will hurt working families, the environment, consumers and our … Continue reading

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CLARINDA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY RESTRUCTURING ENDANGERS SPECIAL NEEDS INMATES, STAFF

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Department of Corrections’ handling of new inmates and staffing shortages: “We have received notice that the Clarinda Correctional Facility will be opening an additional … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 01 The American Flint Glass workers union is formed, headquartered in Pittsburgh.  It was to merge into the Steelworkers 140 years later, in 2003 – 1873 Steel workers in Cleveland begin what was to be an 88-week strike against … Continue reading

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Trump Hyprocrisy on Trade

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls out Donald J. Trump for his complete hypocrisy on trade. Click Here to view video

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Application Deadline Extended for Iowa Labor Jobs

Position:    Field & Community Engagement Coordinator – 4 Openings Unionjobs.com Full Time: Great River Area Labor Federation – based in Quad Cities area Full Time: Hawkeye Area Labor Council – based in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA areas Full Time: South Central … Continue reading

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2016 LEGISLATIVE YEAR IN REVIEW

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By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor The IFL would like to specifically note the passing this year of Don Rowen, who served as Executive Vice President and lobbyist for the Iowa Federation of Labor for many years.  Don … Continue reading

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Study: A third of Iowans don’t earn enough to pay for basic living

To survive in Iowa, it takes an income of about twice the federal poverty rate. That figure was among the findings of a new United Way report that explored why nearly one in three Iowans struggles to afford basic living expenses. … Continue reading

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The Message Of 2016: Ignore Workers And Working Families At Your Peril

Last week’s Brexit vote was just the latest example — albeit a giant one — in this wild political year when workers have been sending the clear message that status quo economic policies are unacceptable. Politicians here in America and … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 30 Alabama outlaws the leasing of convicts to mine coal, a practice that had been in place since 1848. In 1898, 73 percent of the state’s total revenue came from this source. 25 percent of all Black leased convicts died … Continue reading

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Big Labor makes peace with Hillary Clinton on trade

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on Monday accused Donald Trump of peddling deceit on trade issues, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee the “king” of outsourcing labor abroad for his personal business. “Look at what he does, not what he … Continue reading

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Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report Deliver Reassuring News

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the release of the 2016 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports:  Today’s reports provide reassuring news for retired and disabled workers, their families and all Americans working toward a secure retirement. But fully … Continue reading

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Unions Grow the Middle Class

Excerpts from Center for American Progress Action Fund. The number of Americans in unions has fallen precipitously in recent decades, and working Americans—whether union members or not—are paying the price. Unless policymakers strengthen worker voice and power, the middle class … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 29 What is to be a 7-day streetcar strike begins in Chicago after several workers are unfairly fired. Wrote the police chief at the time, describing the strikers’ response to scabs: “One of my men said he was at the … Continue reading

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Marty Hathaway is retiring

After 30+ years with the Department of Corrections (AFSCME) Marty Hathaway is retiring. His Retirement Party will be on: Thursday (June 30, 2016) from 3:00pm until 6:00pm (?) at the American Legion, 901 2nd Street, Coralville. Please stop by and … Continue reading

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Medicaid listening posts scheduled for Muscatine, Oelwein, Cedar Falls, and Marshalltown

June 28 in Muscatine: Sen. Chris Brase Tues, June 28, 4:00 PM -5:30 PM Strahan Hall Little Theatre Muscatine Community College 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine   June 29 in Oelwein: Sen. Brian Schoenjahn Wed, June 29, 4:00 PM – 5:30 … Continue reading

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4 Job Posting for Area Field & Community Engagement Coordinators

Position:    Field & Community Engagement Coordinator – 4 Openings Full Time: Great River Area Labor Federation – based in Quad Cities area Full Time: Hawkeye Area Labor Council – based in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA areas Full Time: South Central Iowa … Continue reading

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IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO ENDORSES MONICA VERNON FOR CONGRESS

Today, the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO endorsed Monica Vernon, Democratic nominee for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District. The Iowa AFL-CIO joins Iowa labor unions and elected leaders across the state in endorsing Vernon’s campaign against vulnerable first-term Republican Congressman … Continue reading

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Enriching the minimum wage discussion

Enriching the minimum wage discussion – Iowa Policy Points History shows the minimum wage was meant to be a meaningful policy tool to help working families, not limited to “entry level” work or teens. In fact, efforts to establish the … Continue reading

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