February 19: Public Hearing, SF 2117 – Public Funding Budget Cuts. 11:00 AM, Room 113 (Supreme Court Chamber)

February 19: Moral Monday Iowa: Noon.Moral Mondays IOWA will talk about Needle Exchange on Monday, February 19All are encouraged to attend Moral Mondays IOWA each week.Details for Moral Mondays IOWA this week:

Subject: Needle Exchange: A real life solution

Speakers: Sarah Ziegenhorn, M.D. Candidate
Carver College of Medicine | The University of Iowa
Executive Director | Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
Co-Chair, Board of Directors | Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
Where: Iowa State Capitol, Room 304
When: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Needle Exchange programs are on the rise with growing bi-partisan support. What is “Needle Exchange” and why is it so important in Iowa? Come learn from an expert in the field and how you can use your voice. Legislators will be in the room to answer questions regarding legislation that has been proposed.

February 19, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, Loving Faith and Freedom Reception.  5:30 PM.  Thoreau Center,  3500 Kingman Blvd, Des Moines.

February 20: Retirement Town Hall – Des Moines. 6:00 PM. LiUNA Local 177 Hall, 3400 E Euclid Ave. Des Moines

February 21, Public Workers Under Attack – The Western Iowa Labor Federation and the IFL is sponsoring a class that will be presented by the University of Iowa Labor Center, The topic of the class is Public Sector Workers under attack. It will be held on Feb 21st, 6 pm at the Council Bluffs Public Library. We will be serving dinner (Pizza) for all who attend

Council Bluffs: Iowa Public Workers under Attack

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 6:00 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave, meeting room A

Click here to download flyer (pdf)

Join us for a discussion about the changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws and the rights of public employees.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Western Iowa Labor Federation, with support from the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. Please RSVP to or call Scott Punteney at 402-657-1007.

February 22: Retirement Town Hall – Davenport. 6:30 PM. Davenport Central High School. Kahler Auditorium.  1120 Main St. Davenport, Iowa.

February 22: Iowa Labor History Oral Project on WorldCanvass: “Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice,” Thursday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7 pm, MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City

John McKerley, Labor Center Oral Historian for the Iowa Labor History Oral Project, will join several guests to discuss the critical role of archives in our everyday lives and historical experience. Panelists will open the virtual doors of archival cabinets and share some of Iowa’s and our nation’s most intriguing stories and little-known history—much of which might be lost if not for thoughtful care and preservation undertaken by unsung heroes. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by UI International Programs and the Provost’s Global Forum-Obermann Humanities Symposium.  Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

February 23: “Me and We: Collective Acts Toward Sustainability” panel discussion Friday, Feb. 23, 12-2 pm, IMU Illinois Room, UI campus

Labor Center Director Jen Sherer will join other panelists for this discussion, which is part of a four-day series of events focusing on the theme of collective action and its relationship to sustainability. Click here for more information. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the UI Obermann Center and Office of Outreach & Engagement, Climate for Change Theme Semester.

February 24: Sportsman Alliance Dinner.

February 24: Working People’s National Day of Action. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Noon. IBEW Local 405, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lunch Provided,

February 25: Dubuque: What Every Worker Should Know about Their Rights on the Job – Free Worker Rights Workshop Sunday, Feb. 25, 3:30-4:45 pm, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., 3rd floor auditorium

What legal rights apply in Iowa workplaces? What should every worker understand about pay, work hours, and benefits? How can workers respond if they experience an injury or encounter a problem at work? Join us to look at how workers’ rights apply in everyday situations!

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Dubuque Democratic Socialists.

Click here for facebook event page.

February 26: Retirement Town Hall – Cedar Rapids. 6:00 PM. IBEW Local 405 Hall. 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids.

February 28: Proposed HALC Chapter Meeting. 5:30 PM. UAW 893 Hall in Marshalltown. The purpose of meeting is to have a discussion about starting a new HALC chapter in Marshalltown.  This is open to all unions and members so please spread the word. We will order in  pizza .

February 28: Retirement Town Hall – Ottumwa. 6:00 PM. UFCW Local 230.  1305 E Mary St. Ottumwa

March 5 – 6: AFSCME Legislative Reception and Conference.

March 6: Planned Parenthood on the Hill. 9:00 AM. Grace United Methodist Chuch and Iowa Capitol. 

March 8-9, 2018, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

In-depth review of FMLA law and revised 2013 Department of Labor regulations, plus sessions on helping members with FMLA questions, handling FMLA grievances, bargaining improved contract language, and addressing common problems with medical certification.
Registration: $175/person. Click  here for information on how to register.

March 10: Retirement Town Hall – Sioux City. 10:00 AM. Carpenters Union Hall, 2200 W 19th St. Sioux City, IA.

March 10: Republican County Convention

March 12: Retirement Town Hall – Des Moines., 6:00 PM. Plymouth Church, Waveland Hall, 4126 Ingersoll Ave. Des Moines.

March 20: Retirement Town Hall – Ames, 6:00 PM. Ames Public Library, Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave. Ames.

March 21 – 22: Iowa Federation of Labor Legisltive Conference. Prairie Meadows.

March 24: Democratic County Convention

April 7:  Building Workers’ Power in a Globalized World: Past Lessons for Present Struggles April 7, 2018, 2520-D University Capitol Centre (Old Capitol Mall), 201 S. Clinton St., Iowa City

This second annual conference of the Iowa Labor History Society will mark the anniversaries of several historic Iowa labor struggles, and consider the lessons they hold for today’s labor movement. Jointly sponsored by the Iowa Labor History Society and UI Labor Center. More details coming soon!

April 14: COPE Convention: USW 310L Hall, 125 Broadway Ave, Des Moines, Iowa.

10:00 Am – IFl Executive Board Meeting

COPE Committee Meeting follows the Board Meeting

10:00 AM Registration

Noon: Lunch

1:00 PM Covention Convenes

Click here for more information on the Convention

April 23-27, 2018,67th Annual Labor Short Course Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

The Labor Center’s longest-running annual course. A week-long class designed to introduce newer union activists to many of the issues facing organized labor, plus sessions to improve practical skills needed by stewards and other union leaders. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.
Registration: $375/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

April 28:Democratic and Republican District Conventions

May 12: NALC Food Drive.

June 5: Primary Elections.

June 16: Democratic and Republican State Conventions

September 19-22: IFL Convention

November 6: Election Day

February 4 – 5: 2019 IFL Legislative Conference

August 21-23: 2019 IFL Convention

February 3 – 4: 2020 IFL Legislative Conference

August 26 – 28: 2020 IFL Convention

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