Monthly Archives: January 2018

BLS Union Data Shows Working People on the Rise

(Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018) — Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership, which found that the number of union members rose by 260,000 in 2017. This reflects critical organizing victories across a range of industries, … Continue reading

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March this Saturday!

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We’re marching on January 20, 2018 and we’re asking you to join us! On the anniversary weekend of the historic 2017 Women’s March worldwide, we’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa Sate Capitol. This is not a re-enactment of last … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Pablo Manlapit “It is one of the cherished American ideals that each generation shall stand in advance of the preceding one: better physically, mentally, spiritually. And America demands for her workers this opportunity for development.” -Manlapit (left) was … Continue reading

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Statement on the Passing of Paul Booth

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the passing of labor activist and leader Paul Booth: I offer my deepest condolences to Heather and the entire Booth family. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with Paul are … Continue reading

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Tax bill: Not just a 2017 story

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It would be so easy to close the book on the 2017 tax bill, to allow our attention to be diverted to the next issue or threat, because there are so many. We owe it to ourselves and future generations … Continue reading

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Steelworkers union president ‘disappointed’ and ‘frustrated’ with Trump

The president of the United Steelworkers union says the group is “terribly disappointed” with President Trump, who he says has done nothing to protect American jobs since taking office last January. In an interview with CNN, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said that American workers are in … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Johnny Paycheck “And I’ve seen a lot of good folks die That had a lot of bills to pay I’d give the shirt right offa’ my back If I had the guts to say Take this … Continue reading

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TOMORROW: IOWANS DELIVER 130,000+ SIGNATURES TO GRASSLEY, TELLING HIM TO STOP RUBBER-STAMPING TRUMP JUDGES

IOWA — Iowans will deliver more than 130,000 signatures to Senator Chuck Grassley tomorrow at his offices in Des Moines and Waterloo, calling on him to stop rubber-stamping the judicial nominations made by President Trump. The signatures come from Iowans … Continue reading

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Forums for the week of January 19 – 26  2018

Arlington Legislative Forum – Arlington January 20, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM Arlington Community Center, 853 Main St., Arlington, IA 50606  (Click here for directions)     Bettendorf Legislative Luncheon – Bettendorf January 19, 2018 11:30AM – 1:00PM Isle of Capri Ballroom, … Continue reading

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Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security

As some of you may know, Alex Drzycimski has moved on to a new adventure from the Political Department: he is the Campaign Director of the newly-formed Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security. As we move into a legislative session that … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lucy Parsons “Strike not for a few cents more an hour, because the price of living will be raised faster still, but strike for all you earn. Be content with nothing less.” – Parsons was a … Continue reading

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Kim Reynolds: Democrats “Want The State To Fail” – Iowa Starting Line

Governor Kim Reynolds is back to her needlessly divisive ways. In a little-noticed event in Mason City this past week after her Condition of the State address, the Republican governor accused Democrats of rooting for Iowa to fail as a … Continue reading

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Des Moines, IA Women’s March 2018

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We’re marching on January 20, 2018 and we’re asking you to join us! On the anniversary weekend of the historic 2017 Women’s March worldwide, we’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa Sate Capitol. This is not a re-enactment of last … Continue reading

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AT&T Wireless Workers Approve Contract, Set New Standards for Wireless Jobs

AT&T wireless workers approved a precedent-setting contract that rolls back offshoring and outsourcing and sets a new standard for wireless retail and call center jobs in America. The contract covers over 21,000 workers in 36 states. CWA members approved the … Continue reading

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the Peoples Voices on the State of the State

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The 2017 Progressive Honor Roll Resistance was the watchword this year. These honorees not only refused to go backward; they challenged old orthodoxies.

Resistance” was the watchword for 2017. Resistance not just to Donald Trump, but to a status quo that gave our most powerful bully pulpit to an actual bully. Progressives not only refused to go backward in 2017; they demanded a … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” January 15 Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes … Continue reading

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Dr. King’s Holiday: A Legacy for Workers

BYADMINONJANUARY 11, 2018 On the Martin Luther King national holiday, Americans honor our foremost fighter for social justice who gave his life supporting striking workers. Appropriately, the holiday is the product of three decades of struggle. After Dr. King was assassinated … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence … Continue reading

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Protect Us From Voter Purges

By Richard Trumka, Contributor | Jan. 10, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Imagine this: It’s Sunday morning and you walk into the church you grew up attending. You have not been to service in a few years. For most of that time, you worked … Continue reading

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