Monthly Archives: November 2016

The AFL-CIO’s Response to Trump’s Presidency

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This post originally appeared at On Labor. Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, we have to understand what happened on Nov. 8 not as a vote for or against the two candidates. Rather, … Continue reading

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Hi everyone, this is another reminder about our Labor Walk for Jim Lykam this Saturday.

The plan is to meet at the UFCW 431 Hall at 2411 W. Central Park AVe. Davenport at 11 AM on this Saturday and knock on doors until 2PM. Afterward, we can go have pizza and beer nearby. Please invite any … Continue reading

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Nurses’ union asks UIHC for more pay to aid recruitment, retention efforts

The union representing 3,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals at the University of Iowa is calling for a 6 percent pay hike in an effort to address staffing shortages throughout the UI Health Care system. “What we’re hoping to get … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 01 The Ford Motor Co. introduces the continuous moving assembly line which can produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes – 1913 Kellogg cereal adopts 6-hour day – 1930 African-American Rosa Parks refuses to go to the back of … Continue reading

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They don’t understand collective bargaining

It is very evident that officers of the Americans for Prosperity don’t understand what collective bargaining is. (Op/Ed November 18 Collective bargaining reform: A good bargain for Iowa.)   The use of loaded language like, “Union leaders ‘demand’ raises,” does … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 30 “Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell, also known as the “Angel of the Stockyards,” born in Chicago. As a social worker she helped organize the first women’s local of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1902 – 1854 Mother Jones … Continue reading

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Central Iowa volunteer opportunities during holiday season

United Way of Central Iowa has collected ways volunteers can help during the holiday season. To access a Holiday Helping Hand pdf go to www.HolidayHelpingHand.org Volunteers aren’t just needed during the holidays. Visit www.unitedwaydm.org/volunteer to find out how you can volunteer to … Continue reading

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Wage freeze proposed for Iowa public employees

DES MOINES — The state has proposed no wage increase over the next two years and a rain check on health insurance to workers represented by Iowa’s largest public employee union, leading the union’s top official to declare the governor … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 28 William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, born – 1828 National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, precursor to IBEW, founded – 1891 A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.  Engineer and … Continue reading

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Editorial: Texas judge doesn’t understand American citizenship

It was the worst possible message one could send to a group of newly anointed American citizens. At a naturalization ceremony in San Antonio last Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge John Primomo told several dozen people, each of whom had just … Continue reading

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Prison labor was once ‘forced’

Two years later the law was amended to reflect the generally accepted theory that a prison should be made to pay its own way. The warden was given the power to hire out the labor of the convicts. In 1846, … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 24 Led by Samuel Gompers, who would later found the American Federation of Labor, Cigarmakers’ Int’l Union Local 144 is chartered in New York City – 1875 November 25 Some 10,000 New Orleans workers, Black and White, participate in … Continue reading

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Volunteers in Eastern Iowa work to feed people in need

In Waterloo, a Thanksgiving meal took place Monday night. At least 800 people packed the UAW Hall in Waterloo, to get in line for a hot meal. The assembly line works with the help of some volunteers. “It’s such a … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 23 History’s first recorded (on papyrus) strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings. They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. … Continue reading

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Senate Democratic leader Rob Hogg hopes to prevent GOP dismantling of state government

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Rob Hogg says he gets it that the new Iowa Senate Republican majority will do some things he and his Democratic caucus won’t like, “but I hope they don’t dismantle the things that make Iowa a … Continue reading

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Are you ready to unite with us to support working people and fight for an economy that works for all of us?

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Over the last week, I’ve been reflecting on our nation’s history, and what generations before me learned from incredible struggle to resist and overcome inequity, injustice, and insurmountable odds. Back in 1987, Jobs With Justice was launched on the basic … Continue reading

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Repeal of Obamacare will hurt Iowa’s mental health care

I hope that Gov. Terry Branstad advises President-elect Donald Trump about the devastating impact that a repeal of Obamacare would have on Iowa’s mental health system. Prior to the 2012 “modernization” of Iowa’s mental health system, counties paid for a large … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 21 Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts – 1927 The 1,700-mile … Continue reading

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Obligation to represent ALL Americans

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Dear Mr. President-elect: On Nov. 8, you were elected president of the United States. As many have reiterated, regardless of which candidate any of us supported, you now have an obligation to represent ALL Americans. In your victory speech, you … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 19 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, executed in Utah on what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize.” – 1915 The nation’s first automatic toll collection … Continue reading

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