Monthly Archives: November 2016

National History Day: Prizes for Best Labor History Project

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 in both the junior and … Continue reading

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Coming in 2017: Iowa Labor History in the UI Mobile Museum

We’re excited to announce work is under way to connect Iowans with our state’s rich labor history using stories, photos, and objects from the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP) and Iowa Labor Collections. An exhibit called “Speaking of Work” … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 17 The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York is founded “to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen.” The Society remains in existence to this day – 1785 Martin … Continue reading

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Iowa lawmaker bullies with ‘suck it up, buttercup’ bill

I bet Bobby Kaufmann is great fun to play checkers with. He strikes me as the kind of guy who maneuvers one of his pieces to his opponent’s side, shouts “KING ME!” at top volume and then does a touchdown … Continue reading

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Iowa cost of living report: Child assistance program needs cushion

Cliff effect’ needs to be cut, Iowa Policy Project says CEDAR RAPIDS — With the topic of minimum wage in the Iowa spotlight, a new report argues that simply raising the pay for Iowans isn’t enough. The third and final … Continue reading

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Still here to boost Iowans and fight spin. Our work — together — starts right away!

We are as dismayed as anyone when facts are distorted by angry and empty slogans to defeat dedicated public servants or block good public policy. We saw that this week. When your shock subsides and the smoke clears, you’ll see … Continue reading

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Ballot set for Iowa Senate special election

The ballot is set ahead of a Dec. 27 special electionto fill a vacant Iowa Senate seat. Democrats on Thursday nominated Jim Lykam, who is from Davenport and currently serves in the Iowa House of Representatives. Lykam will face Republican Mike Gonzales, … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 16 A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pa., grants an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Co. forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the … Continue reading

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The Grim Future Of Labor Under Trump

As our nation slowly awakens from its Trump-induced coma, we begin to contemplate what the next four years will mean for our most important issues. For workers, and anyone who cares about inequality, the prospects are terrifying. It is standard … Continue reading

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AFLCIO President Richard Trumka Leads Labor to the Future

In a statement released Wednesday, Nov. 9, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka began leading the labor movement into an unexpected future. Here is an excerpt from his statement: “More than anything, the 2016 election was an indictment of politics as usual. … Continue reading

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The Future of Veterans and Workers under a Trump Presidency

Donald Trump made veterans, trade, and jobs the cornerstones of his campaign. Veterans turned out en masse to support his candidacy and now candidate Trump is President-elect Trump. But not all veterans cast their vote for him. I didn’t. In … Continue reading

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Editorial: Republicans shouldn’t make Iowa into Kansas

It’s official. Iowa has become a red state. The majority of voters chose Donald Trump to be president of the United States. Five of the six individuals representing Iowa in Washington are Republicans. But one outcome of Tuesday’s election may have the greatest … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 14  Women’s Trade Union League founded, Boston – 1903 The American Railway Supervisors Association is formed at Harmony Hall in Chicago by 29 supervisors working for the Chicago & North Western Railway. They organized after realizing that those railroaders … Continue reading

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Thank You Veterans

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Senator Warren remarks to the AFL-CIO Executive Council

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Union for 18,500 Iowa government workers seeks pay hikes

An Iowa public employees’ union representing 18,500 workers across state government is asking for a series of increases in base pay totaling about 8.7 percent over the next two years. Danny Homan, president of Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal … Continue reading

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Tax cuts, legal fireworks likely from GOP-led Iowa Legislature

Cutting state income taxes, approving money for water quality projects and legalizing retail fireworks are part of an agenda being developed by Republicans who will control the Iowa Senate and House during the 2017 legislative session. Other issues likely to be debated by Republican … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO State Leaders Warn Congress Against Lame Duck TPP Vote

(Washington, DC, November 9, 2016) Today, all 51 AFL-CIO state federation presidents displayed their solidarity in the fight against a lame duck TPP vote with a letterto Congress. The letter states: “The last thing the unaccountable lame-duck Congress should do … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 10 Sit-down strike begins at Austin, Minn., Hormel plant with the help of a Wobbly organizer, leading to the creation of the Independent Union of All Workers. Labor historians believe this may have been the first sit-down strike of … Continue reading

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Colbert on the Election

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