Monthly Archives: September 2016

Know Your Voting Rights

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Today’s Labor Quote: Edmund Burke

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” This quote appears at the very beginning of Martin Foran’s novel, “The Other Side.”

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Labor History

September 24 Canada declares the Wobblies illegal – 1918 September 25 American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisc. – 1874 (Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs … Continue reading

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Quad City Phone Call Volunteers

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In Davenport on Wednesday, September 21, members of CWA, USW, UFCW do a predictive dial phone bank to union members in SD46 to help get out the vote for endorsed incumbent Senator Chris Brase. We also dialed into union households … Continue reading

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Special Guest for Brase walk in Muscatine

There will also be a special guest visit from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack!   When: This Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am  What: Canvassing and Calls to voters  Where: Muscatine Campaign Headquaters 810 Park Ave, … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 23 The Workingman’s Advocate of Chicago publishes the first installment of The Other Side, by Martin A. Foran, president of the Coopers’ Int’l Union. Believed to be the first novel by a trade union leader and some say the first … Continue reading

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This election: two roads

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‘We Must Build a More Just System for Migrants and Refugees’: AFL-CIO’s Tefere Gebre to the United Nations

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AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre addressed the United Nations today about embracing thishistoric opportunity to create a more just system for migrants and refugees. Gebre is a refugee from Ethiopia and walked 93 days through the desert as a … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 22 Emancipation Proclamation signed – 1862 Eighteen-year-old Hannah (Annie) Shapiro leads a spontaneous walkout of 17 women at a Hart Schaffner & Marx garment factory in Chicago. It grows into a months-long mass strike involving 40,000 garment workers across … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Good three-month bump in payroll jobs

But will it last? Both nonfarm jobs and jobless rate rise in August IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2016) — Iowa nonfarm jobs showed a 4,900 increase in August, the third straight monthly increase of over 4,000 jobs — while … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 21 Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike – 1896 Mother Jones leads a march of miners’ children through the streets of Charleston, W. Va. – 1912 (Mother Jones Speaks: Speeches and Writings: You can read here … Continue reading

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An Iowa Letter Carrier is Humanitarian of the Year

OSAGE — A mail carrier from Osage who runs races while pushing a teenager in a wheelchair he met on his route will receive an award in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 19 Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981 Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Richard Trumka

“There is nothing stronger than the American labor movement. United, we cannot and we will not be turned aside. We’ll work for it, sisters and brothers. We’ll stand for it. Together. Each of us. To bring out the best in … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 17 Seventy-five workers die in explosion at Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburgh, Pa. – 1862 At a New York convention of the National Labor Congress, Susan B. Anthony calls for the formation of a Working Women’s Association. As a delegate to … Continue reading

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University of Iowa UPCOMING EVENTS OF NOTE

Senator Tom Harkin lecture on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Tuesday, September 20, 3:30-4:30, Iowa Memorial Union Main Ballroom, UI Campus US Senator Tom Harkin (Retired) will speak about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the inclusive society … Continue reading

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More than third of union workers in swing states support Trump

More than one-third of union workers in swing states — including Pennsylvania — are backing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent member survey by the AFL-CIO. But that support is starting to wane, and the percentage of union … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 16 More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war strike wave – 1945 A player lockout by the National Hockey League begins, leading to cancellation of what would have been the league’s 88th season. … Continue reading

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Is it time for Woodbury County to join the party?

This week, two more counties in Iowa — Linn and Wapello — joined Johnson County in setting a countywide minimum wage. In Linn County, the wage will rise to $10.25 by January 2019, while Wapello County followed Johnson County’s lead … Continue reading

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