Monthly Archives: January 2017

Attacking Immigrants and Refugees Hurts All Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement about last week’s immigration executive orders: President Donald Trump has announced three executive orders addressing immigration that are an affront to core union and American values. Building a wall on our border, … Continue reading

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We need volunteers for these phone banks – Save Iowa Workers!

Tuesday, January 31 Council Bluffs: 5:00 – 8:00 pm Sheet Metal Workers #3 Hall, 3333 S 24th st, Omaha, NE Contact: Scott Punteney, 402-657-1007 / spunteney@wilfaflcio.org Iowa City: 5:00 – 8:00 pm COGS Office: Old Brick 26 Market St Contact Zach Peterson, 712-363-3183 / zach.peterson@seiuiowa.org … Continue reading

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Check out last weekends forums

Brad Zaun Gets Grilled By Overflow Crowd Of Angry Constituents Heated Discussion at Sioux City Forum Planned Parenthood issue heats up Eggs and Issues Red-light cameras, higher minimum wage raised fast-pace talk at Saturday’s first coffee Hundreds express concerns Photos … Continue reading

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Editorial: Lawmakers target unions, sponge off union benefits

Republican politicians have complained for years that Iowa’s collective bargaining law provides overly generous benefits to public-sector workers. They seem particularly obsessed with the cost of health insurance and how little some workers contribute toward it. Now the GOP controls … Continue reading

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TONIGHT at 7:30 PM: Iowans Respond to President Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination

  DES MOINES — Tonight the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition will hold a press conference in response to the anticipated announcement of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Iowans are extremely concerned about President Trump’s unconstitutional actions.  In this extraordinary … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Today’s Labor Quote:  Cesar Chavez “The consumer boycott is the only open door in the dark corridor of nothingness down which farm workers have had to walk for many years. It is a gate of hope through which they expect to … Continue reading

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WEDNESDAY: Workers Speak Out Across Iowa

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Message to Legislators: Stop the closed-door attacks on working families! IOWA — Iowa workers will speak out across the state on Wednesday, calling on legislators to stop what have been described by media as closed door plans to attack the … Continue reading

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Rally to Save Public Collective Bargaining

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Upcoming Phone banks: IOWA

Monday, January 30  Cedar Rapids 5:30 – 8:00 pm IBEW 405 Hall: 1211 Wiley Blvd SW Contact Rick Moyle 319-431-9096 rmoyle@hawkeyelabor.us  Des Moines: 5:00 – 8:00 pm Iowa AFLCIO: 2000 Walker Street Contact Sandy Opstvedt: 515-291-0093 / sandy.scifl@gmail.com  Sioux City: … Continue reading

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Call your Representative and Senator today — tell them to stop the closed-door attacks on Iowa workers!

  Republicans in the legislature are on the attack — coming after worker’s rights. Will you call your Representative and Senator today? The Des Moines Register has reported that plans are being made to assault Chapter 20, the Iowa’s Collective … Continue reading

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Phone Bank From Iowa City For Public Sector Workers!

Working families in Iowa are under attack. The newly elected leaders of the Iowa legislature are attacking the freedom of public employees to join together and a have a voice on the job. But we can fight back. This Tuesday … Continue reading

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DAWN’s List Women’s Appreciation Day Reception Awards

We Need Your nominations for DAWN’s List Women’s Appreciation Day Reception Awards  *You Must Submit Nominations by January 30, 2017* Friends of DAWN’s List, To commemorate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, DAWN’s List will honor Iowa women who have made a difference in … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who helped organize the International Labour Organization’s first conference, in 1919 (right). In 1941, Roosevelt, then president of the United States said “I well remember that in those days the ILO was still a … Continue reading

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Talking Points on Iowa Republican Budget Cuts

There is not a budget crisis in Iowa. There is plenty of money in the state budget to adequately fund the priorities of Iowans. I will not support unnecessary cuts that threaten public safety, the quality of higher education and … Continue reading

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Iowa public employee union members asked to forego pay hike

DES MOINES — Hundreds of state public employee union members are being asked to forego a 1.25 percent pay increase they’ve been receiving since Jan. 1 without getting any assurance from the state it would prevent layoffs. About 19,000 state … Continue reading

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We need you to go to a forum close to your home this weekend and tell legislators:

One of the most important actions you can take in this fight to save collective bargaining is to attend your legislators’ in-district forums. When you attend a legislative forum, be sure to introduce yourself and talk about the job you … Continue reading

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Union History

Today’s Labor Quote: Pete Seeger “The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” January 28 American Miners’ Association formed – 1861 First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin – 1932 … Continue reading

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Collective Action Is Stronger Than Ever

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the release of the annual Bureau of Labor Statistics report on union membership:  The sky is falling! The labor movement is dead! These are the canned reactions that of out-of-touch people who want … Continue reading

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IA Phone Bank locations – dates – Coordinators

  Location Day Time Coordinator + contact Des Moines AFL-CIO office Mon, Tue, Wed, Thursday – until further notice 5 to 8pm Sandy Opstvedt, 515-291-0093 Sandy.scifl@gmail.com Ames IFL office 546 Main St, Suite 103, Ames Iowa, 50010. Wed 2/1 training … Continue reading

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“There are a lot of reasons to oppose this legislation. The biggest reason is that it will hurt growth in our state.”

Remarks by Senator Joe Bolkcom, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on SF 130, the Republican budget cut bill http://www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/bolkcom/2017/01/26/republican-cuts-hurt-education-job-training-public-safety-vulnerable-iowans/ There are a lot of reasons to oppose this legislation. The biggest reason is that it will hurt growth … Continue reading

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