Monthly Archives: July 2017

Union Job Openings

Greetings, all. Here are our current listings.   July 28, 2017 WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS POSTED AT UNIONJOBS.COM AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) National Field Director – Electoral, Issue & Mobilization Hub, Washington, D.C. [Headquarters] District … Continue reading

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Activist Norm Sterzenbach Sr. dies hours after being honored by Iowa Democrats

The Iowa Democratic Party honored Norm Sterzenbach Sr. of Cedar Rapids on Thursday night for being an outstanding supporter of the party. About 650 Democrats celebrated his many years of service to the party and he received a shiny plaque. On Friday … Continue reading

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Norman C. Sterzenbach Funeral Infomation

Norman C. Sterzenbach Cedar Rapids Norman C. Sterzenbach, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died on Friday, July 28, 2017. Visitation will be from 3 – 7 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Marvin Miller “Why did the issue of greed only enter the picture when the players finally got a fairer slice of the pie?  Lest we forget, that pie became bigger because of the player’s unionizing efforts.” … Continue reading

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IFL Convention Hotel Deadline

 

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Iowa House Special Election – Day of Action

Join us for our last Weekend of Action before GOTV! Ballots are being mailed to voters on Friday, July 28th, so it’s critical that we have volunteers like you to urge supporters to return their ballots. All volunteer shifts will … Continue reading

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Republican no-shows for Tuition Task Force meeting hamper efforts to make college more affordable for Iowa students

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The Board of Regents Tuition Task Force has canceled its July 27th meeting due to a lack of participation by Republican legislators and members of the Reynolds Administration. According to the Board of Regents’ web site, the task force was … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: William Sylvis “Single-handed we can accomplish nothing; but united there is no power of wrong we may not openly defy.” July 28 Women shoemakers in Lynn, Mass., create Daughters of St. Crispin, demand pay equal to … Continue reading

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Another threat to public employees

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We know about the Koch brothers funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and it’s off-shoot Americans for Propserity (AFP) and their keen interest in the Iowa Legislature. This past session they pulled their bills from a box with … Continue reading

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Republican no-shows for Tuition Task Force meeting hamper efforts to make college more affordable for Iowa students

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The Board of Regents Tuition Task Force has canceled its July 27th meeting due to a lack of participation by Republican legislators and members of the Reynolds Administration. According to the Board of Regents’ web site, the task force was “established to … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: A. Philip Randolph “Justice is never given; it is exacted, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It: Republicans Use Koch-Funded Group To Attack Retirement Security

Key Point & Column Attributable to Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa Key Point: Iowa Republicans held a meeting today — with less than a day’s notice — bringing an out-of-state, Koch-funded organization to the capitol in order to … Continue reading

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Our Lives on the Line – Event this weekend

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Motion to Proceed — Off a Cliff

Advancing Senate Health Care Legislation Will Harm Older Americans The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the Motion to Proceed on the Senate Affordable Care Act Repeal.  “The … Continue reading

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Iowa’s daunting challenge as Congress battles on health 

You don’t need a crystal ball to see that the battle in Washington over health care carries big challenges for Iowa and other states. We’re doing what we can to serve that role, because over 200,000 Iowans could lose health … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Brooks Atkinson “Don’t be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.” July 26 In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the “Battle of the Viaduct” … Continue reading

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Governor urged to back plan to let parents affected by individual health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

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   (Des Moines)  Today at the Iowa Statehouse, a state senator and an Iowa pediatrician proposed a plan to protect more than 11,000 Iowa children from losing health insurance on January 1 of next year.   The children’s parents are among those who … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Robert Reich “If the minimum wage in 1968 had simply kept up with inflation it would be more than $10 today.  If it also kept up with the added productivity of American workers since then, it … Continue reading

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Working Families Demand Freedom from Wall Street’s Rigged Economy

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the seventh anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: The politicians attacking the Dodd-Frank Act didn’t have their lives ripped apart the way too many working people did during … Continue reading

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Our Lives on the Line

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ON JULY 29TH, AMERICANS ARE COMING TOGETHER ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SAY: OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE – WE NEED TO LIFT UP THE VOICES OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR CARE … Continue reading

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