Monthly Archives: August 2017

2017 Union Sponsored Labor Day Events Around Iowa

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Lucas: September 2: John L Lewis Parade and city events. Parade line up 10:45 am. Various events all day. www.coalmininglabormuseum.com/events.  641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544,   Clinton: Day Before Picnic – September 3. Eagle Point Park Lodge. Noon. Free Food Beverages, prizes and kid’s games. … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Georgia Panter Nielsen, a retired United flight attendant, union activist and author of “From Sky Girl to Flight Attendant: Women in the Making of a Union,” who said:  “In Asia, they were still advertising for virgins for Air … Continue reading

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the Need for a ‘Strong Army’ to Advance Economic Justice and Civil Rights

It was raining on the day that Echol Cole and Robert Walker died while working for the Memphis Sanitation Department. Denied access to the employee break room, Cole and Walker were forced to shelter from the rainbehind a malfunctioning city truck, … Continue reading

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Training in skilled trades making comeback in Iowa schools

Zachary Hageman moves through the almost-done luxury apartments near downtown Des Moines and points to the studs and wiring, the drywall and cabinets. The 18-year-old is part of the cleanup crew, an entry-level position that’s part of a new school program … Continue reading

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Iowa On Another Wild Goose Chase With Tax Incentives – Iowa Starting Line

The State of Iowa is again chasing a major employer for more jobs using massive tax incentives.  The lure of 4,000 automobile manufacturing jobs with a new Toyota plant has Iowa Economic Development officials salivating to compete with Texas and Mississippi … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Booker T. Washington “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him” August 21 Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. – 1831 August 22 Five flight attendants form the … Continue reading

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WEEKLY SUMMARY OF COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS

August 18, 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 of Columbia AFL-CIO (Researcher and Campaigner Resume Posting Service) … Continue reading

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Editorial: Reynolds’ Medicaid rhetoric does not reflect reality

The Doublespeak Award was established in 1974 and is given by the National Council of Teachers of English. The ironic, annual tribute recognizes individuals and entities using language that is, among other things, deceptive, evasive and confusing. Recipients include U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Elie Wiesel “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.” From his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1986 August 19 First edition … Continue reading

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An open invite from PERB:

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Across Iowa, we know there are many questions concerning the new upcoming recertification elections.  This new requirement under House File 291 will affect all public bargaining units operating under an annual contract this year and all bargaining units in future … Continue reading

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IPERS is suing Wall Street banks for collusion

Iowa’s biggest public employee pension plan is among three plaintiffs suing some of the nation’s largest investment banks, claiming the Wall Street giants have colluded to maintain exclusive control of the $1 trillion stock loan market. Together with the Orange County … Continue reading

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Which Side Are You On?

Buzz Malone is a longtime union member, organizer, labor historian and writer. Please join in on the discussion here and feel free to email me directly at buzzdmalone@gmail.com On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down on … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Barbara Kopple “You can’t win every fight, and that doesn’t mean you’ve lost.” Kopple directed “American Dream” (see Labor History, below)  August 18 Radio station WEVD, named for Eugene V. Debs, goes on the air in New … Continue reading

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Lessons from Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – This past winter, a wave of unprecedented attacks on public service workers engulfed its most recent victim: Iowa. Workers in the Hawkeye State saw their 40-year collective bargaining agreement severely weakened in February. Led by AFSCME … Continue reading

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Iowa GOP opens new front against public worker unions

The Iowa legislature is finalizing rules that would amount to one of the most ambitious assaults on powerful public employee unions in recent memory, potentially stripping thousands of state workers from union rolls in the coming months. After Republicans captured … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: George Meany “You only make progress by fighting for progress.” August 17 IWW War Trials in Chicago, 95 go to prison for up to 20 years – 1918 Bakery & Confectionery Workers Int’l Union of America … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Representatives Resign from Presidential Council on Manufacturing

August 15, 2017 Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on his and Thea Lee’s resignation from President Trump’s council on manufacturing: We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks today … Continue reading

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Labor Day Events Around Iowa

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September 2 – 4: Labor Day Events:   Lucas: September 2: John L Lewis Parade and city events. Parade line up 10:45 am. Various events all day. www.coalmininglabormuseum.com/events.  641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544, Clinton: Day Before Picnic – September 3. Eagle Point Park Lodge. Noon. … Continue reading

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Extending Essential Protections Will Benefit All Working People

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the DACA program: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs provide work authorization to more than 1 million people, preventing … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Will Rogers “Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.”  Populist social commentator Will Rogers died in a plane crash on this date in 1935. August … Continue reading

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