The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFLCIO, established the WIN Program in 2011 to help make working families a priority for local and state elected officials. In the aftermath of the 2010 Election, members of the Iowa legislature went after education funding so they could instead hand out corporate property tax cuts and other tax giveaways to large profitable businesses. In subsequent years, we have seen these attacks increase and the state’s budget suffer. This past legislative session, some members declared war on working families, passing legislation that rolls back decades of progress.
Workers, however, can come together to fight back against these attacks. WIN Committees have already been established in several locations around the state, and new ones are forming. WIN Committees focus on local elections such as city council, school board, and college trustee elections in odd years and county races in even years. WIN also works together to build a “farm team” of experienced candidates ready to run for higher office when the opportunity or need presents itself. Below is a list of places where WIN Committees are already active. Let us know if you want to set up a WIN Committee in your area.
Contact Ben Murry (Ben@IowaAFLCIO.org) for information on Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Ft. Dodge, Mason City, and Waterloo.
Burlington: 2nd Monday of each month @ 6PM at IAM 1010 Hall: 16282 Highway 34, West Burlington.
Cedar Rapids: 4th Monday of each month @ 6PM at IBEW 405 Hall: 1211 Wiley Blvd SW
Clinton: 4th Monday of each month @ 6PM various locations
Council Bluffs: @ IAFF 15 Hall: 1827 S. 8th Street / Dates & Times Vary
Davenport: 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 6PM at UFCW 431 Hall: 2411 W. Central Park Ave.
Dubuque: 3rd Thursday of each month @ 6PM at ISEA Dubuque Regional Office: 3430 Dodge St. (lover level)
Ft. Dodge: 1st Tuesday of each month @ UFCW 6 Hall: 15 N. 12th Street (starting July 2017)
Iowa City: 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 6PM at the Iowa City Fed Hall: 940 S. Gilbert Court
Lee County: 4th Tuesday of each month @ 6PM at Keokuk Labor Temple: 301 Blondeau, Keokuk
Mason City: 4th Thursday of each month @ 6PM at North Iowa 9 Labor Temple: 510 S. Pennsylvania (starting July/ August 2017)
Muscatine: 1st Tuesday of each month @ 6PM at the South Fire station community room: 2124 S. Stewart Road
Sioux City: 1st Monday of each month @ 6PM at UFCW 222: 3038 S. Lakeport
Waterloo: 4th Wednesday of each month @ 6PM at UAW 838 Hall: 2615 Washington St.
“The WIN Committee has been essential in the progressive gains made in Johnson County. These natural allies were always there, but we didn’t really coordinate until the WIN Committee started meeting.” Rod Sullivan, Johnson County Supervisor “Working with WIN helped me connect with others who care about working families and better understand how important local elections can be.” Maria Dickmann, Davenport City Council