Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why Courts Matter Events

Photos Protesters Call Out Senator Grassley for Not Holding Garland Nomination Hearing http://whotv.com/2016/07/19/protesters-call-out-senator-grassley-for-not-holding-garland-nomination-hearing/ FOX Des Moines 9:00 PM News http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=728ab49d-cecc-4460-b6b2-53416222c73c CBS Sioux City 10:00 PM News http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=61c4c1ba-646a-4d8c-bfa5-f8819d4595c0 FOX Sioux City 9:00 PM News http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=6fa08793-f1da-4b90-ad59-649992bc0164 LIVE from Des Moines, NBC 6:00 … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 21 Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” – … Continue reading

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Terex closes Waverly plant, moves work to Oklahoma

WAVERLY — Some 175 employees of Terex Cranes are out of a job as the Waverly plant ceased operations Tuesday, marking the end of a manufacturing operation that has been a staple of the community for 75 years. “People are … Continue reading

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What Union Elections Can Teach Us About Handling Trump’s Lies We need to call out racist demagoguery for what it is.

By Richard Trumka Seventy-eight percent of the factual claims made by presidential candidate Donald Trump that were checked by non-partisan Polifact were “mostly false” or worse.  Their report, issued on June 29, rated more of Trump’s statements “pants on fire” … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 20 New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin a 2-week strike. Several rallies drew more than 5,000 newsboys, complete with charismatic speeches by strike leader Kid Blink, who was blind in … Continue reading

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Woodbury joins other counties in proposing minimum wage increase – The Iowa Daily Democrat

Iowa Once a Leader, Now a Laggard A recent United Way study indicated that one in four households in Dakota and Woodbury County are struggling to pay for basic living expenses. Fourteen percent of households in Woodbury live below the … Continue reading

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Steve King Goes Full Racist – Says Whites Contribute Most To Civilization

When news emerged last week that Iowa CongressmanSteve King displays a Confederate flag on his desk in his official office, most had a pretty good idea why. King removed all doubt in an interview today on MSNBC. The seven-term Congressman from … Continue reading

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Rallies on Tuesday, July 19 – the 125th day of obstruction for Merrick Garland, longer than any Supreme Court nominee in U.S. histor

Grassley Supreme Court Obstruction Becomes Longest In American History On Tuesday, Iowa Rallies Planned 125 Days Tuesday Since President Obama Nominated Merrick Garland DES MOINES – The longest time a Supreme Court nominee’s nomination period has ever lasted was 125 … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 18 The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. – 1883 Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike – 1919 Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. – 1969 July … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Richard Trumka

“There’s no evil that’s inflicted more pain and more suffering than racism – and it’s something that we in the Labor Movement have a special responsibility to challenge. It’s our special responsibility because we know, better than anyone else, how … Continue reading

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Polk County task force backs $1.50 bump to minimum wage

A Polk County task force will recommend raising the local minimum wage to $8.75 per hour Jan. 1, 2017, and instituting a series of annual wage bumps if the state fails to take action during the next legislative session. The group verbally supported the proposal during … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 16 Ten thousand workers strike Chicago’s Int’l Harvester operations – 1919 Martial law declared in strike by longshoremen in Galveston, Texas – 1920 San Francisco Longshoremen’s strike spreads, becomes 4-day general strike – 1934 July 17 Two ammunition ships … Continue reading

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Republicans continue vicious attacks on Clinton despite FBI clearance

Following the FBI’s lengthy and thorough investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, FBI Director Comey cleared her of all criminal charges. The Republicans immediately reacted by personally attacking FBI Director Comey, a lifelong Republican who served as a deputy attorney general … Continue reading

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Regents to hire outside counsel to bargain with university unions

For the first time in a decade, the Iowa Board of Regents is looking to hire outside counsel to bargain with unions representing graduate employees, faculty and staff. As part its telephonic meeting on Monday, the regents will discuss a recommendation … Continue reading

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New local Medicaid listening posts and a Senate Committee meeting on July 26

1)    Agenda for the July 26 meeting of the Senate Human Resources Committee Room 116 of the Iowa Statehouse Livestreamed at http://bit.ly/IowaSenateLive   10:00 am – Welcome 10:15 am – Managed care implementation status. DHS/IME 11:00 am – Hear from … Continue reading

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Tell Walmart to Oppose Trump’s Hateful Speech and Withdraw Its Republican Convention Donation

Several major corporations—like Apple, UPS, Wells Fargo and Walgreens—have withdrawn financial support from the Republican National Convention after bigoted comments from Donald Trump. Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, has yet to withdraw its contribution to the Republican convention—essentially saying Trump’s … Continue reading

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Michael Rehwaldt inaccurate City Council presentation at July 7 meeting

At the July 7th Muscatine City Council meeting, Council Member Mike Rehwaldt made some inaccurate remarks about the QCFL and our Muscatine WIN Committee, and I am writing to correct the record. The QCFL represents thousands of union members in … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 13 Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union organized in Tyronza, Ark. – 1934 Detroit newspaper workers begin 19-month strike against Gannett, Knight-Ridder. The strike was to become a lockout, which lasted four years more – 1995 July 14 The Great Uprising … Continue reading

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1 in 5 working families in Iowa can’t make ends meet

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nearly one in five working families in Iowa do not earn enough to provide a basic standard of living without public support, even though one or more members of that family are employed, a new study … Continue reading

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Rallies on Tuesday, July 19 – the 125th day of obstruction for Merrick Garland, longer than any Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history. 6 locations, some details still to be confirmed:

WHERE: 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, Iowa WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/266815573683584/ CONTACT: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530 WHERE: 531 Commercial St, Waterloo, Iowa WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/304390736573284/ CONTACT: Chris Schwartz, (319) 429-0133 WHERE: 201 … Continue reading

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