Monthly Archives: August 2017

Labor Day 2017

There is a holiday approaching that working people along with labor unions advocated and fought for on behalf of all workers. On this holiday, workers from many sectors enjoy a paid day off to celebrate our accomplishments as a nation … Continue reading

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Texas Working People Step Up in Worst Storm Ever

   As Hurricane Harvey and its remnants bring unprecedented flooding and damage to a huge portion of Texas, working people in the state are going above and beyond their duties to help one another, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said … Continue reading

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Democratic candidates of Iowa’s race for governor honing messages

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: Courtney Crimson, a dancer at the Lusty Lady: “The Lusty Lady has started a revolution for the rights of sex workers everywhere. And I feel that this revolution will continue long after we’re gone.” The Lusty … Continue reading

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Elections 2018

DES MOINES — For some Trump-weary Democrats, 2020 can’t come soon enough. Iowa, which famously launches the nation’s presidential selection process, already is starting to see the formative stages of the next White House sweepstakes more than three years out. … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: John Lewis at the 1963 March on Washington (see History, below). Then the 23-year-old chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis is now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district “We march today for jobs and … Continue reading

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Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attacks on Unions

Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to defund and dismantle unions, the most significant force for higher wages and better working conditions in America. … Continue reading

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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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