Monthly Archives: October 2017

Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Alex Lichtenstein “For ex-slaves and their children, the right to leave one employer for another was second only to the desire to work for one’s self as freedom’s most precious gift.” – Lichtenstein is the author … Continue reading

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STATEMENT ON RULING IN FIRST STEP OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAWSUIT

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement following Judge Gamble’s ruling on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HF291: “Today we were notified that our request for summary judgment was overruled by Chief District … Continue reading

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Union Veterans Council Calls on President Trump to Veto Anti-Veteran Bill

The main veteran union constituency group joins other leading pro-veteran organizations in opposing S.J. Res 47 (Washington D.C, October 30, 2017) – The Union Veterans Council is urging President Donald Trump to veto S.J. Res. 47, and to stand with … Continue reading

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Many Republicans in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have prided themselves on being “fiscal conservatives.” Now is the time for them to stand up and show they mean it by voting “no” on the reckless tax cut proposal.

With Republican control of government at both the national and state level, there is a grave danger of so-called “tax reform” that cuts taxes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations, blows an even bigger hole in the national debt, and … Continue reading

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Democratic Legislators Present Bold Healthcare Public Option Solution – Iowa Starting Line

Democratic Senator Matt McCoy and Representative John Forbes held a press conference last week and presented a simple, common sense health care solution for Iowans. Their proposal “Healthy Iowans for a Pubic Option” (HIPO) solves two Iowa health care emergencies … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Sebastian Junger “As societies become more affluent they tend to require more, rather than less, (work) time and commitment by the individual, and it’s possible that many people feel that affluence and safety simply aren’t a … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Big one-month drop in Iowa jobs

Jobless rate dips to 3.2 percent 4,000-job drop in payroll jobs largest in three years Manufacturing job rebound one brightening spot in 2017 IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 26, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs fell in September for the first time in five … Continue reading

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State Lawmakers Propose Healthy Iowans for a Public Option

Des Moines, Iowa – State Senator Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, and State Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale, said today they will propose a bill next session to make health care more accessible and affordable for Iowans.  Called the Healthy Iowans for … Continue reading

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IPERS in good shape – leave it alone

 DES MOINES, Iowa – There are growing worries that conservative budget-cutters at the Statehouse have their eyes on one of the biggest targets around – the giant Iowa Public Employees Retirement Fund, or IPERS.   “It’s political payback,” said Brad … Continue reading

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If all Iowa candidates had to win under rules Republicans forced on unions – Bleeding Heartland

If all Iowa candidates had to win under rules Republicans forced on unions “There’s not one Republican in this state that could win an election under the rules they gave us,” asserted AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan after the first round … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Luisa Capetillo “Do not buy finery or jewels, because books are worth more than they are. Adorn your understanding with their precious ideas, because there is no luxury that dazzles like the luxury of science.” October … Continue reading

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IFL Legislative Tour

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Main Street Alliance, Iowa business owners raise concerns about GOP budget

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WATERLOO | The expected passage of a budget resolution in the U.S. House Thursday is largely seen as a means for Republicans to more easily move ahead with tax reform. But a group of Iowa activists had a long list … Continue reading

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AFSCME CELEBRATES OVERWHELMING VICTORY IN RECERTIFICATION ELECTIONS

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the results of the October recertification elections: “After over 24 hours of waiting for election results, I am proud to share that 100% of AFSCME-covered employees … Continue reading

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Iowa Workers Overwhelmingly Support Unions In Recertification Vote

Iowa’s working families sent a clear message to Governor Reynolds and the Republican-controlled legislature today: we are not letting you take our unions away from us. Iowans owe a thank you to every labor union who organized and turned out … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs “What can Labor do for itself? The answer is not difficult. Labor can organize, it can unify; it can consolidate its forces. This done, it can demand and command.” October 27 The New York … Continue reading

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Statement by ISEA President Tammy Wawro on landslide recertification victories

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“We are enormously proud of the thousands and thousands of education professionals who overwhelmingly voted in favor of their professions by successfully passing recertification in their locals. ISEA members and their colleagues took time out of their busy schedules to … Continue reading

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October 26: Steak Fry. 5 PM. UAW 838 Hall, 2615 Washington St. Waterloo, IA. Guest Speaker Iowa House Minority Leader, Mark Smith. RSVP. rmoyle@hawkeyelabor.us or 319-396-8461.

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AFL-CIO Convention Recognizes the Growth of Professionals in Unions, Acknowledges Potential for Future Gain

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LOUIS,Oct. 25, 2017—Today, AFL-CIO convention delegates voted to recognize the dramatic growth of professional union members who now make up over 40 percent of the labor movement, as well as acknowledged the potential for future growth. The delegates of the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: John Sweeney “When fewer workers have unions, the standard of living falls for everyone and the gap between the rich and poor grows.” October 26 After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the … Continue reading

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