Monthly Archives: June 2016

Labor History

June 27 Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 – 1869 The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the “Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in … Continue reading

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Terry Branstad’s Mental Health Care Crisis – Iowa Starting Line

Guest post from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Dead last. That’s Iowa’s new ranking in mental health beds available for our citizens.  It’s an embarrassing ranking and a critical situation for Iowa families with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses. The … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Poverty

“Poverty is a state of mind.” ” Poverty is the source of our crime problem.” “Poverty is the result of laziness.” “Poverty is a blemish on the face of America.” “Poverty is a problem that only government can solve.” Poverty … Continue reading

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Informational Picket

Our brothers and sisters of USW 11-00436 need our help. On June 24th 4-6pm the members of USW 11-00436 will hold an informational picket at Kapstone 1601 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Parking will be at the … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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AFL-CIO Votes to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President (Washington, DC, June 16, 2016) – The General Board of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, … Continue reading

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David Johnson On How His Switch Could Shake Up The Iowa Senate

When Iowa State Senator David Johnson left the Republican Party last week over issues with Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the news quickly went national and international. But while Johnson’s act of registering as an independent generated tough stories … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 17 Twenty-one young women and girls making cartridges for the Union Army at the Washington, D.C. arsenal during the Civil War are killed in an accidental explosion. Most of the victims were Irish immigrants. A monument was erected in … Continue reading

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Today’s labor quote:

Gene Debs “The working class who make the sacrifices, who shed the blood, have never yet had a voice in declaring war. The ruling class has always made the war and made the peace.”

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The real voter ID agenda

Extremists in the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature recently voted to add a new constitutional amendment option to the ballot this November. If it passes, the amendment would make it easier for the Legislature to pass laws requiring voters to produce photo … Continue reading

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Ryan Drew To Run In Sands’ Open HD 88 As Democratic Candidate – Iowa Starting Line

Democrats have recruited an impressive candidate for the now-open House District 88: Ryan Drew, an operating engineers leader from Burlington. Longtime incumbent Tom Sands surprised many last week when he decided to withdraw his name from the ballot two days after … Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Midwest School for Women Workers

Mark your calendars and help spread the word! Host: Indiana University Labor Studies Dates: Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, 2016 Location: Indiana University New Albany Campus Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, if you have questions … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 16 Eight local unions organize the Int’l Fur Workers Union of U.S. and Canada. The union later merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen – 1913 Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, … Continue reading

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Flag Day

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Postal Banking – An Idea whose time has come (again)

The USPS Office of Inspector General sparked quite a controversy when it published a white paper in January 2014 that endorsed a concept postal unions have quietly supported for years: The Postal Service should provide basic financial services to the 68 … Continue reading

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Statement of AFL-CIO Leadership on Orlando Massacre

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(Washington, DC, June 13, 2016) – Today AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre released the following statement in response to the murder of 49 people at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando.   … Continue reading

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Strengthening the State of Women

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In 2016, women are rising to the top in every field and industry, and breaking down boundaries that held former generations back. There is no denying progress has been made, but being a working woman still comes with enormous challenges. … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 15 The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded – 1908 The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities … Continue reading

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Free America – John Legend and AFL-CIO

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AFL-CIO Union Summer Celebrates 20 Years of Organizing, Heads to the South

(Washington, DC, June 13, 2016) – Today the AFL-CIO’s annual Union Summer program kicks off in Jackson, Miss., marking the 20th anniversary of the one-of-a-kind internship program that places young activists on various organizing campaigns. Juan Carlos Pulido, a California … Continue reading

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We are issuing an all-call to any of our members who are residents of City of Muscatine to attend an upcoming City Council meeting in Muscatine.

Dear Quad City Leaders: We are issuing an all-call to any of our members who are residents of City of Muscatine to attend an upcoming City Council meeting in Muscatine. As some of you know, we endorsed a great candidate … Continue reading

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