Monthly Archives: October 2016

Lame Duck and TPP

In the lame duck session after the elections a push will be made to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The White House, along with a plethora of corporate and industry lobbyists, will blanket members of Congress with assurances of what a … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley Does NOT Work for Iowa’s Seniors

Midge Slater, President, Iowa ARA In November Iowa voters have the opportunity to register approval or disapproval of their U.S. senator on issues such as strengthening Social Security and Medicare and bringing down outrageous prices for prescription drugs. Since Senator … Continue reading

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Iowa GOTV Schedule

DES MOINES Thursday, November 3 10:00 am-1:00 pm 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 4:00 pm-7:00 pm Friday, November 4 10:00 am-1:00 pm 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 4:00 pm-7:00 pm Saturday, November 5 10:00 am-1:00 pm 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 4:00 pm-7:00 pm Sunday, November … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 31 George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in luxury … Continue reading

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Iowa Federation of Labor speaks up against hate crime attack in Black Hawk County.

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO strongly supports the rights of all Americans to express their beliefs and advocate for them.  We all have a right to our opinions, but when it crosses over into hate speech, we cannot condone … Continue reading

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VOTE this election

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The 2016 election day is almost here and the results will have a huge impact on the lives of Iowa seniors! It is critical that our ARA members, union members and our families go to the polls and vote this … Continue reading

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Flip it over and VOTE!

On the back side of your ballot, there is a very important issue judges. Iowa has “a judicial retention election” system. Judges stand for retention election near the end of their term of office. In a retention election , judges … Continue reading

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Donald Trump is the first recent Republican to reach out directly to working people and our unions.

Trump’s anti-TPP, anti-establishment rhetoric found union members to be a ready audience.   Wasn’t he saying exactly what we believe, in fact, what unions have been saying for decades?  The system is rigged against working people.  Whether it was attacking trade … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 29 Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners.  They were outraged over Goto’s work on … Continue reading

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Why this Iraq War veteran is supporting Hillary Clinton

From the moment I stepped off the bus and onto those world-famous yellow footprints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, the U.S. Marine Corps constantly drilled into me – and every other Marine recruit – the importance … Continue reading

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Labor Endorsed Candidates

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Get Out The Vote

We need Volunteers in the following cities and on these dates to help elect our union endorsed candidates. October 29: Door Knocking. Cedar Rapids 10 – 4. IBEW 1211 Wiley Blvd SW October 29:   Doors and Phones – Des Moines. … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 26 After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly … Continue reading

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The Senior Vote Could Make the Difference in Iowa in 2016

by Midge Slater and Robert Roach, Jr. Iowa seniors have tremendous political clout this election year. Today more than 500,000 people in Iowa are age 65 or older, and that figure is only expected to grow as the Baby Boom … Continue reading

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I am Voting for my Union

As the election draws near, we need to make sure we have a plan to vote. If you have already voted absentee or early voted, thank you for participating in our democracy. I have talked with many people, either door … Continue reading

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LABOR’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE (Below are excerpts of the keynote speech by President Mark Dimondstein on August 23, to the 23rd biennial convention of the American Postal Workers Union.) We are working, living and struggling in a time where there … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Supports SAG-AFTRA Members on Video Game Strike

AFL-CIO Supports SAG-AFTRA Members on Video Game Strike Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike: The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the SAG-AFTRA voice-over and motion-capture performers who are on strike after failed negotiations with … Continue reading

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Layoffs Have a Human Cost

October 25, 2016   By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Washington, DC – Jobs are central to this election. We hear about the 1,000 workers laid off here, 600 laid off there, 5,000 from another place. These reports have become so commonplace … Continue reading

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Union floats in Homecoming parade

This year, as always, the Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and the University of Iowa Employee’s Union – AFSMCE Local 12, had floats in the UI Homecoming Parade on September  30. Our City Fed float even had a guest … Continue reading

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APWU Local wins organizing drive

   The DMI AREA LOCAL44, American Postal Workers Union won a NLRB election that was 18-8 to unionize PAE or better known as MTESC. The Des Moines area local president, Mike Bates was contacted by CCI which stands for Citizens … Continue reading

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