August 22: Community Services Conference. Prairie Meadows. 9 AM. Prairie Meadows. 

August 23: Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, will honor Janice Laue at their awards reception. 5 PM. Prairie Meadows. RSVP 515-262-9571 or

August 23Iowa Labor History Society: Membership Meeting

Wednesday, August 23, 5 pm, Prairie Meadows Convention Center, Altoona

The new Iowa Labor History Society is growing! ILHS will hold its annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Iowa Federation of Labor convention in Altoona. Membership meetings are open to all and will include introduction of newly elected ILHS officers and  discussions of upcoming Society projects and events. For more information or to sign up as a member, contact ILHS president John McKerley,, 319-335-4144, or download our brochure. Click here to keep up with ILHS on facebook.

August 23- 25 2017 IFL Convention – Prairie Meadows

Pursuant to Article XII of the Constitution of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, you are hereby notified that the 61st  Annual Convention will be held at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa, August 23-25.  The Convention will convene Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and will continue in session from day to day until its business has been completed.

Convention registration will be Tuesday, August 22nd from 4:00.p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 23th from  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Registration will be at The Meadows at Prairie    Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.  Registration fee is  forty dollars ($40.00) per delegate. In addition, ALL  DELEGATES are  encouraged to buy a $20.00 COPE TICKET at the Convention.  COPE Tickets MUST be paid for in cash or by personal check made out to AFL-CIO COPE

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO has blocked rooms at the Prairie Meadows Hotel attached to the Convention Hall.

ALL Room reservations must be made Directly by the delegates Book Reservations by Phone or Online  Prairie Meadows                                                            (515) 957-3000 or 800-325-9015

Reference Group Code 08212017IOW                                 Room Rate: $107.00 + tax /nightDeadline to reserve rooms                                         july 31, 2017 BY 5:00 PM


August 24: Iowa Federation of Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Hospitality (cash bar) 7:00 pm Dinner with Ceremony to Follow The Meadows-Prairie Meadows Convention Center 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa Special Guest Speaker Senator Tom Harkin.

Dinner Tickets are $40 per person  Tickets must be purchased no later than August 14

Make Checks Payable to: Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Mail to: Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

2000 Walker Street ♦ Suite A ♦ Des Moines, IA 50317 515.262.9571

All tickets can be picked up at the Will Call Table the evening of the event

August 25: Bowling for One Iowa. Adel Family Fun Center. 7 PM.  $30 per ticket. 

August 26: Vettes for Vets: LeClaire

August 26: Graduation Walk – 9 – 11:30 am. Des Moines.

August 29: Lee County WIN Meeting.  6 PM. Keokuk Labor Temple.

September 2 – 4: Labor Day Events:  

Lucas: September 2: John L Lewis Parade and city events. Parade line up 10:45 am. Various events all day.  641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544,

Clinton: Day Before Picnic – September 3. Eagle Point Park Lodge. Noon. Free Food Beverages, prozes and kids games. Politics Too!  Dave Keefer at  309-230-6476.

Burlington: September 4  – 4 pm.  40 & 8 Park (Located behind Community Field in Burlington) Single $5 and family $10. Ticket includes: Meal, Door Prizes, Kid Games and Bounce House.  Ryan Drew  319-759-3188.

Cedar Falls: September 4 (Waterloo) Blak Hawk Union Assembly.  Gateway Shelter 11:30 am. Serving food and drinks. Black Hawk Union Assembly. Rick Moyle  319-396-8461.

Cedar Rapids: September 4 Hawkeye Area Labor Council. 11 AM. Food, music and children entertainment. Hawkeye Downs, 4400  6th St. SW Cedar Rapids. Hawkeye Area Labor Council.  Music by members of the musicians union. Rick Moyle  319-396-8461.

Des Moines: September 4-  Parade at 11 am. (Parade line up at 8 am)  March from Iowa Capitol to State Fairgrounds. Picnic for members, their families and special guests at Union Labor Park, 4640 Morninside Dr. Des Moines. noon to 5 pm.  Grills, charcoal and water provided. Mark Cooper  515-265-1862. South Central Iowa Federation of Labor.

Dubuque: September 4 –  Parade and Picnic. Parade starts at Jackson Park at 9#0am, 16th and Main and ends at 7 and Locust. Post Parade Picnic at Swiss Valley Park from noon to 2 pm. Tom Townsend or 563-543-4708. Grand Marshall, Bruce Clark, retired APWU. Peter Hird  563-542-5546.

Fort Dodge: September 4 – Picnic – 1 pm . Veterans Amphitheater at Kennedy Memorial Park. 1386 National Ave. Scott Punteney at  402-657-1007. Western Iowa Labor Federation.

Iowa City: Septemer 4 – Noon, Upper City Park, Shelter #2. People are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. All members, families and friends are invited to attend. Gre Hearns 319-361- 2371. Iowa City Federation of Labor. Rick Moyle  319-396-8461.

Keokuk: September 4 -Parade and Celebration all day at the Labor Temple. Pat Mahoney

Mason City: September 4 – North Iowa Nine Labor Assembly. Georgia Hanford Park, 2300 block of South Pennsylvania Ave.  11am. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers along with potatp salad, beans, dessert and beverages. All are welcome. Rick Moyle  319-396-8461. Hawkeye Area Labor Council.

Quad Cities: September 4 – Parade 11am. Line up at 9 am at John Deere Havester Works, lot at 1100  13th Ave in East Moline –  proceeds along 15th Ave. East Moline. Tyler Power 319-654-5894. Grand Marshal, Randy Donnelly, Retired AFGE.

Sioux City: September 4 – Picnic. Picnic 11 am. Riverside Park, 1301 Riverside Blvd. Scott Punteney  402-657-1007. Ernie Colt, 712-223-9423. Western Iowa Labor Federation.

September 10: Progress Iowa Corn Feed. Des Moines.

September 12: Iowa School Board Elections

September 16: Public Forum on Collective Bargaining and Pubic Pension Plans. Sioux City, Iowa. 10 AM at the Public Museum – 607 4th St.

September 21: Public Forum on Collective Bargaining and Public Pension Plans.  Council Bluffs. 6 PM. Public Library, 400 Willow Ave.

September 23: ACLU Bill of Rights Brunch. 10 AM  Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

September 25-26: Public Sector Bargaining in Iowa September 25-26, 2017, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Click here to download flyer (pdf)

In the wake of massive changes to Iowa’s public sector collective bargaining law, this two-day conference is designed for Iowa union leaders, staff and members to review legal changes and discuss the future of public sector collective bargaining.

Registration: $175/person – call 319-335-4144 or email

September 27: Cedar Rapids: Standing Up for Workers in our Community

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, 1211 Wiley Blvd, SW, Cedar Rapids (IBEW 405 hall)

What are the key challenges facing Iowa workers today? What’s the union difference and how has Iowa’s labor history shaped our communities? How can the labor movement and other groups build alliances for justice? Sponsored by Hawkeye Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Dinner provided.  Please RSVP to Rick Moyle, 319-396-8461 or

September 30: Veterans Appreciation Tailgate. Kinnick Stadium Press Box. Contact Gary Boseneiler. 319-356-6049  or

September 30: 838 Sportsman’s Golf Tournament. South Hills Golf Course, Waterloo.  1830 E Shaulis Rd.  9 AM shotgun start. $40 per person. 4 man best shot/chili open.

October 7: GRALF 9 AM to 2 PM. Labor Center Class.  USW Local 105 Hall.

October 12:  Thursday, October 12, 2017 We will hold a Cedar Rapids Mayoral Forum. Please see the attached for more info. “Cedar Rapids citizens will vote for their next mayor on November 7. Before you head to the voting booth, participate in our members only Mayoral Forum, hosted jointly with Hawkeye Area Labor Council AFL-CIO and KCRG-TV9. Registration is open now on the Economic Alliance website. All publicly announced Cedar Rapids mayoral candidates have confirmed their attendance, and invitations will be extended to any other candidates who join the race before the nomination deadline.”Link to register:

October 13: Organizers’ Roundtable

Friday, October 13, 10 am – 12 noon, BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Coralville

Our next Organizers’ Roundtable will discuss recent case studies of Iowa workers involved in union certification elections, highlighting lessons and strategies relevant to certification elections in both public and private sector. We will also hear updates on current organizing efforts across the state. This two-hour forum brings together union and community leaders involved in organizing, to share practical strategies, review research on recent trends, and discuss best practices.  This is the latest in a quarterly series of organizing discussions facilitated by the Labor Center.  No cost to attend.  Please RSVP:  call the Labor Center at 319-335-4144 or email

October 23-24: Advanced Steward School October 23-24, 2017, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Click here to download flyer (pdf)

This two-day conference is for union officers, staff, and experienced stewards.  This course will include updates on hot topics, analysis of arbitration case studies, and a focus on sharpening communication, advocacy and presentation skills.

Registration: $175/person – call 319-335-4144 or email

November 6: General Elections for – Governor, all congressional seats, there will be state senate and house elections as well.

November 7: City Council Elections

April 14: COPE Convention: USW 310 Hall

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