Monthly Archives: October 2016

Labor Quote: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

“Donald Trump’s a disrespectful hypocrite, and we stand in solidarity with the workers at Trump Hotel Las Vegas. His unwillingness to bargain with the hard-working people who make his hotel successful is shameful. It tells you all you need to … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Jobs dip, break momentum

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First nonfarm job loss in four months; jobless rate stable at 4.2 percent Editor’s Note: Today, Iowa Workforce Development is releasing local unemployment data for September. The news release below, drawn from IWD data on state jobs and unemployment trends, … Continue reading

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Labor Veterans Rally For Hillary Clinton and Jim Mowrer

The Iowa Federation of Labor hosted a rally for Secretary Hillary Clinton and Jim Mowrer, candidate for congress in Iowa’s 3rd congressional district. Speakers at the event included AFSCME Council 61 President and United States Army Veteran Danny Homan, Mowrer … Continue reading

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IDP Statement on Gov. Branstad’s Support of Statewide Minimum Wage

DES MOINES–Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in response to Governor Branstad’s backing a statewide minimum wage increase: “After they have stonewalled on this important issue for Iowa families for a decade, why would any … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 24 The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier – 1940 U.S. minimum wage increases to 40¢ an hour – 1945 October 25 What many believe to … Continue reading

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AFSCME response to issues at Coralville Center

· DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding inmates with contraband and positive drug tests at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville: “Four inmates have tested positive for methamphetamine at … Continue reading

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Voting tools for Iowans with disabilities

Voting tools for Iowans with disabilities Voting at the polls can present unique challenges to Iowans with disabilities, including military veterans. Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in voting accessibility. We want to make sure all Iowans are fully … Continue reading

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Veterans encouraged to attend media event

October 24: Veterans Vote Rally and Press Conference – Des Moines, Noon, West steps of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 833 5th Ave. Bettendorf, 5 PM, USW Local 105 Hall, 880 Devils Glen Rd. Guest speaker at both events – Will … Continue reading

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Time for a Change

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By Richard Bloomingdale and Frank Snyder If America truly wants to make this November a “change election” we can. Not by electing Donald Trump who is a false prophet of change. The change he offers is regression. He would take … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 22 Bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a “Sagebrush Robin Hood,” stealing from banks and sharing … Continue reading

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National History Day: Prizes for Best Labor History Project

IOWA LABOR HISTORY SOCIETY EVENTS  Do you know a middle or high school student preparing a project for the National History Day competition? This year the Iowa Labor History Society will award fifty dollars to the best labor history project … Continue reading

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Do Buy Halloween Candy

HALLOWEEN When those little goblins and ghosts come rapping at your door, make sure you have union-made treats to fill their sacks. This year shop for these products made by members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers … Continue reading

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State worker union leader questions staff levels at Independence Mental Health Institute

The union representing a majority of state workers is blaming “inappropriate staffing levels” for recent incidents at the Independence Mental Health Institute where a patient injured three staff members. Two of the workers required a trip to a hospital emergency … Continue reading

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Veterans Vote Rallies in Des Moines and Bettendorf

Will Fischer, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO to Join Iowa AFL-CIO President for Early Vote Rally Who: Will Fischer, Executive Director- Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO, Ken Sagar, President- Iowa AFL-CIO, Jim Mowrer, Veteran, Democrat and Labor Endorsed … Continue reading

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Will local wage laws spark state action?

The question in October is a question for January: Will local minimum wage efforts force a serious debate and action on a meaningful minimum wage for Iowa? The pressure is building in Iowa for a minimum wage increase. Polk County … Continue reading

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Iowa Secretary of State: Elections Are Not Rigged

Gov. Terry Branstad said on Monday morning that he has “great confidence” Iowa’s Secretary of State, county auditors and poll watchers will make sure the upcoming election is “honest and clean.”  But when asked about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Register’s endorsement: Clinton a vote for American values

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election won’t tell us anything we don’t already know about the two major-party candidates — but it will say a lot about who we are. Are we a nation that believes in freedom of … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 17 A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning … Continue reading

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Working Women Know What’s at Stake

And are united like never before to elect candidates who will stand up to sexism. We fight hard for equality in the workplace and we need a champion in the White House who will do the same. Gragembytheballot.org

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AFL-CIO Plans Final Ground Game for Labor 2016 Campaign

More Than 100,000 Volunteer Hours to Reach 1 Million Doors  (Washington, DC, October 18, 2016) – In the final three weeks until Election Day, the AFL-CIO will leverage one hundred thousand volunteer hours to knock on one million doors in … Continue reading

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