Monthly Archives: August 2016

A Minimum Wage Youth Exemption Would Hurt Polk County Workers & Undermine Responsible Employers

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Exempting teen workers from the minimum wage would hurt teen workers and their families, and would not address the decline in teen workforce participation – which has nothing to do with the minimum wage. Moreover, such an exemptions would offer … Continue reading

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Democrats, labor bash Trump ahead of Pence visit

  CEDAR RAPIDS — Donald Trump’s promise to run the country like he’s run his businesses “should scare everyone … because his economic record has left a trail of victims as he has made millions of dollars on the backs … Continue reading

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Our Country’s Criminal Justice System Should Not Be Profit-Driven

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Justice Disinvesting from private prisons:  The labor movement applauds the Department of Justice for taking the necessary steps to end their use of private prisons. Privately run prisons have a … Continue reading

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Deere to lay off 30 in Quad-Cities, 115 in Waterloo

Deere informed employees today at two locations of plans to place approximately 145 production workers on indefinite layoff. The actions include Davenport Works and Waterloo Works. At the Davenport Works, Deere informed employees that an indefinite layoff will affect approximately … Continue reading

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Labor History

  August 22 Five flight attendants form the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were reacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and … Continue reading

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Teachers union strengthens schools

More than 20 years ago, I left the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary education in my hand and optimism in my heart. I was going to make the world a better place, one student at a … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 20 The Great Fire of 1910, a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut—claimed the lives of 78 firefighters over two days.  It is believed to be the … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Area Labor Council Charity Golf Tournament

The tournament had 28 teams, 35 hole sponsors and raised $6,100 for Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. More Photos  

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IPP’s Peter Fisher to talk minimum wage issues in Linn County

A public forum on a possible minimum wage increase in Linn County will be up for discussion Thursday evening in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Policy Project Research Director Peter Fisher, who has written extensively on the minimum wage issue, will join … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 19 First edition of IWW Little Red Song Book published – 1909 Some 2,000 United Railroads streetcar service workers and supporters parade down San Francisco’s Market Street in support of pay demands and against the company’s anti-union policies. The strike failed … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Eugene Debs

“What can Labor do for itself? The answer is not difficult. Labor can organize, it can unify; it can consolidate its forces. This done, it can demand and command.”​

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One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing to Retire in December 2016

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[Des Moines]— One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing has announced she will retire in December 2016 after more than four years leading the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization and three decades of LGBT advocacy and … Continue reading

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Bridging the GAP-$4015

Shirts for the quilt donated by USW 105 members who care about our nations Veterans and especially our Quad-City area homeless veterans. Bridging the Gap QCA is a not for profit organization that has several events each year. The biggest … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 17 IWW War Trials in Chicago, 95 go to prison for up to 20 years – 1918 Bakery & Confectionery Workers Int’l Union of America merges with Tobacco Workers Int’l Union to become Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers – … Continue reading

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Three unions go on strike at IAAP

MIDDLETOWN — Three unions rejected a contract Sunday with American Ordnance LLC and two unions went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown. Machinist and Aerospace Workers Local 1010, Teamsters Local 238 and … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PEOPLE COMMITTEE ENDORSES PATTY JUDGE FOR U.S. SENATE

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DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the PEOPLE Committee’s vote to endorse Lt. Governor Patty Judge for U.S. Senate: “There is a lot at stake in November, and we know that … Continue reading

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Solidarity for Soldiers

Solidarity for Soldiers has set up donation boxes around the area.  2000 Walker, USW 310 hall and AFSCME Council 61 Office. There will also be a booth/box at the Iowa Federation of Labor Convention next week. Please bring you donations, … Continue reading

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Candidate Events

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We wanted to share with you a series of upcoming events with Iowa House candidates across Iowa that you may be interested in: August 13th Thede for Iowa House Day of Action 1706 N. Brady St, Davenport IA 10:00 AM … Continue reading

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Labor History

August 15 To begin what proved to become one of the world’s longest construction projects, workers lay the foundation stone of Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men.  The job was declared completed in … Continue reading

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Labor Day Activities

September 3: John L Lewis Labor Festival. Lucas Iowa. All Day September 5 – Labor Day Events Cedar Rapids – Labor Day Picnic. 11 am – 4 pm. Hawkeye Downs 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids.Music, kids entertainment, door prizes. … Continue reading

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