Monthly Archives: August 2017

Laboring on Labor Day

Labor Day is an occasion to honor the achievements of working people. For many Americans it is also the last long weekend off before the end of summer. It’s a day to spend time with family and loved ones and … Continue reading

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Iowa Worker Right Project

Happy Labor Day from all of us at the Labor Center! We hope everyone has the opportunity this Labor Day to celebrate the power of solidarity to uphold the rights and dignity of all workers.  We are excited to mark … Continue reading

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Bruce Clark inducted into IFL Hall of Fame

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Jerry Kearns inducted into IFL Hall of Fame

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Fred Noon Inducted into IFL Hall of Fame

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Senator Harkin Keynote Speaker at IFL Hall of Fame

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Photos from 2017 Convention, Conference, Awards and HOF

Check out the Photos from the busy Convention/Conference week United Way Labor Conference Iowa ARA Awards Iowa Federation of Labor Convention IFL Hall of Fame

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Anna Walentynowicz “I was the drop that caused the cup of bitterness to overflow.” – Walentynowicz (left, with bullhorn), a shipyard worker whose firing made her a central figure in Poland’s Solidarity movement, was known as the … Continue reading

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Protect Iowa taxpayers from bad spin

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Let’s protect taxpayers from thumb-on-the-scale rules that give a minority viewpoint a decided and sometimes insurmountable advantage over the majority. “Protecting Iowa’s taxpayers,” reads the headline on the newspaper column, but the column contradicts that. On the pages of major … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today delivered the following remarks at the Christian Science Monitor’s annual Labor Day breakfast:

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Good morning. Thank you to the Christian Science Monitor for hosting this breakfast. And thank you all for being here. Happy Labor Day! The thoughts and prayers of the entire labor movement are with the people of Houston today. Our … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Labor Day Report Finds Americans’  Freedom to Spend Time with Family Eroding 

Majority Think Unions Key to More Benefits on the Job View the Report Here (Washington, DC, Aug. 30, 2017) – A new Labor Day report unveiled today by the AFL-CIO shows that working people are working more and taking fewer vacation days. … Continue reading

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Area AFL-CIO Labor Organizations make school board endorsements

Elections are September 12 Western Iowa Labor Federation and Chapters voted on endorsements for School Board Races For more Information contact: Scott Punteney spunteney@wilfaflcio.org  402-657-1007   Southwest Chapter Kyle McGlade School Board At-Large Council Bluffs   Northwest Chapter Perla Arlacon-Flory … Continue reading

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Neera Tanden To Speak At Progress Iowa Corn Feed

Center for American Progress Action Fund President Neera Tanden to join Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Dave Loebsack, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as a Featured Speaker at 3rd annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sept. 10 Des Moines, … Continue reading

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Critics think Apple’s $208M in tax incentives has sour taste

DES MOINES, Iowa — State and local leaders held a flurry of meetings Thursday morning to approve $208 million in tax incentives for tech giant Apple to build two Des Moines-area data storage centers, calling the deal the biggest economic … Continue reading

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Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates come down on labor’s side at event

Gubernatorial hopefuls pledge to restore collective bargaining Gazette Des Moines Bureau Aug 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm |  Print View ALTOONA — Democrats running for governor told union leaders and rank-and-file members that restoring public employee bargaining rights would be a priority … Continue reading

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Democratic candidates of Iowa’s race for governor honing messages

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Gubernatorial hopefuls seek to distinguish themselves The field appears to have settled on seven Democrats seeking to become the party’s nominee for governor in 2018. And those seven Democratic candidates are honing their messages to voters nearly 10 months out … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt “Great accumulations of wealth cannot be justified on the basis of personal and family security. In the last analysis such accumulations amount to the perpetuation of great and undesirable concentration of control in … Continue reading

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On Iowa Politics: Democratic candidates speak at union event

This week, the On Iowa Politics reporters discuss statements made by Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates at an at Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO convention Thursday in Altoona as well as higher education tuition and funding in Iowa. On Iowa Politics … Continue reading

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Iowa struggles to hire enough registered nurses at prisons

DES MOINES, IOWA  Iowa is having trouble hiring enough registered nurses to treat prison inmates, so it’s turning to workers with fewer credentials to fill a gap created in part by more competitive benefits in the private sector. Some unions … Continue reading

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Loebsack: Iowa Red Cross Volunteers Need Our Financial Support

Message from Iowa’s only Democratic representative in congress, Dave Loebsack: This weekend, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texans with flooding, high winds, and heavy rains. As many as 30,000 may be forced into shelters and 450,000 are likely to seek some form … Continue reading

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