A lost sense of balance

  By Iowa Fiscal Partnership 10/4/17 Most Iowans lose in Trump-GOP plan — in services and balance of tax benefits   By Mike Owen Substantive, reliable analysis increasingly shows that Iowans stand to lose in the tax plan that is … Continue reading

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Unions and United Airlines Come Together to Fly More than 300 First Responders and Skilled Volunteers to Puerto Rico

  35,000 pounds of relief supplies also delivered on flight; evacuees to fill seats on return flight to Newark, New Jersey NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 4, 2017 – Today, the AFL-CIO, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the International … Continue reading

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The Future of Iowa

by State Senator Joe Bolkcom

Are you mad about Governor Reynold’s decision to waste money giving Apple a 20-million-dollar tax break? You should be.

She just gave Apple a 20-million dollar tax break to build a data center in Iowa, something one of the world’s richest corporations was going to do anyway.

Iowa does not need to bribe large corporations to build big data centers here.
Electricity is a data center’s biggest ongoing cost. Iowa has lots of low cost, reliable, renewable electricity.

Iowa is also relatively free from earthquakes, has lots of water and our winters reduce the cost of cooling hot computer servers.

In addition, there’s already an Iowa sales tax exemption on the electricity consumed by data centers, a tax break worth tens of millions of dollars.

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: John L. Lewis “Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future … Continue reading

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Nevada State AFL-CIO Responds to Shooting in Las Vegas

Nevada State AFL-CIO Statement on Shooting Tragedy in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – Following last night’s shooting in Las Vegas, the Nevada State AFL-CIO released the following statement:

“Last night in Las Vegas was devastating. The Nevada labor movement offers our condolences to the shooting victims and their families,” said Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “We thank the first responders, law enforcement officers, and medical professionals who worked all through the night to save lives. Working people will continue to come together to do all that we can to provide resources to the victims and help our community through this awful ordeal.”

“Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who was impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas,” said Liz Sorenson, President of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “In the face of unimaginable violence, working people are coming together to support one another. Nevada is our home and union members will step up to do whatever is needed to help the survivors and their families.”

Local unions are working with other groups in the Las Vegas community to offer assistance with coordinating donations and support for the victims of the shooting. There are several unions attempting to set up blood donation sites at their facilities. The logistics of this effort are being worked through. As the Nevada State AFL-CIO receives more information about dates, times, and locations, we will make that information widely available.

All of our affiliated unions are reaching out to their members to check on their safety and to assist in any way possible. The Culinary Union Local 226 has over 4,000 members at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and they are phone banking them to check on their wellbeing and needs.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to send it out. We will inform working families of locations of upcoming blood drives and donation opportunities to assist those in need.

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Labor Quote of the Day: Woody Guthrie
“I’m gonna tell you fascists
You may be surprised
The people in this world
Are getting organized
You’re bound to lose
You fascists are bound to lose”
– from Guthrie’s song, “All You Fascists”

October 04
Work begins on the carving of Mt. Rushmore, a task 400 craftsmen would eventually complete in 1941.  Despite the dangerous nature of the project, not one worker died – 1927

President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize oil refineries, breaking a 20-state post-war strike – 1945

The United Mine Workers of America votes to re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO after years of on-and-off conflict with the federation. In 2009 the union’s leader, Richard Trumka, becomes AFL-CIO President – 1961

Distillery, Wine & Allied Workers Int’l Union merges with United Food & Commercial Workers Int’l Union – 1995

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AFSCME President Homan critical of Senate Leader Dix

The leader of Iowa’s largest public employees union was quick to react Thursday to comments from Iowa Senate Majority Leader, Bill Dix.

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix’s comments on sexual harassment in state government:

“Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix’s assertion that ‘this kind of thing happens all the time across state government’ in reference to the sexual harassment lawsuit and subsequent $1.75 million settlement is disturbing, to say the least. I certainly can’t speak for the Senate Republican staff, but sexual harassment in the rest of state government most certainly does not happen all the time – or at all – without consequence.

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Ben Jealous “We have seen cabdrivers come down from New York, truck drivers from Oklahoma. This is about moving the country with the spirit of unity and hope, and getting the country beyond the divisiveness.” Source October … Continue reading

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Workers on Janus: A Political Effort to Further Rig the Rules Against Working People

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 In a rigged economy, workers say the freedom to come together in strong unions is more important than ever     WASHINGTON – The following statement was issued by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU – the nation’s four largest … Continue reading

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GOP tax plan is ‘the great con,’ says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

The Republican tax reform plan gives more to rich people and corporations, with middle- and lower-income Americans paying for it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC on Wednesday.

Republicans unveiled a framework on Wednesday that included sweeping tax cuts for both individuals and businesses, with few details on how the government might pay for them.

“It is the great con,” Trumka said in an interview with “Closing Bell.”

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: George Odger “Whenever working men of one country are sufficiently well organized to demand higher wages or shorter hours, they are met by the threat of the employer to hire cheaper foreign labor, and this evil … Continue reading

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New Date for IFL Legislative Conference

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Teachers vote overwhelmingly to maintain unions in initial voting

Thirteen bargaining units representing nearly 1,300 Iowa teachers and faculty have voted overwhelmingly to maintain their union affiliations in the first wave of elections required under Iowa’s new collective bargaining laws.

Iowa Public Employment Relations Board staff tallied votes Tuesday, as the two-week voting period drew to a close.

Of the 1,291 eligible voters, 1,101 voted in favor of maintaining their union’s bargaining unit while 27 voted to dissolve them. Sixteen ballots were voided and 147 people did not vote.

“I think it’s silly we had to do this, but our people understood what’s at stake and they voted, and I think they sent a message,” said Iowa State Education Association President Tammy Wawro.

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Working people just stopped Senate Republicans from gutting health care as we know it—AGAIN.

The defeat of the Graham–Cassidy health care bill proves what we’ve known all along: When working people join together to champion our cause, we can win. We’re asking everyone to share this graphic to celebrate the defeat of this terrible bill.

Click here to share this image with your friends and family on social media.

This victory belongs to us. Millions of people made phone calls, sent emails, wrote letters to the editor in their local papers, and lobbied elected officials to oppose any health care bill that would take coverage away from millions of Americans, discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and gut Medicaid as we know it.

The biggest winners here are the millions of Americans who would’ve lost their health care under the passage of Graham–Cassidy. Every single American should have access to decent health care.

This fight is not over—Senate Republican leaders will try to bring this back again. Sharing this graphic is a great way for us to celebrate our victory right now and confirm your resolve to keep fighting for every American to have access to decent health care.

Click here to celebrate our victory, and share the image above with your friends and family on social media.

In Solidarity,

Shaun

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Shaun O’Brien
Assistant Director of Policy for Health and Retirement, AFL-CIO

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Labor Quote of the Day: Clara Lemlich
“I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I make a motion that we go out in a general strike.” – Lemlich (left) was a garment worker involved in a strike agains the Traingle Shirtwaist Co
September 28
The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies – 1864

 

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A tax plan that works for the people, not Wall Street

  Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us. Too many politicians and pundits want us to believe our country is broke, and we … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Johnny Cash “They gave him his orders at Monroe Virginia Said Steve you’re way behind time This is not the 38 this is ‘ol 97 You must put her into Spencer on time” – from Cash’s … Continue reading

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About those 10 reasons, Senator …

At stake is health care access for millions, including people with pre-existing conditions. Surely these would be at the top of any list of concerns about Cassidy-Graham. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has made the point himself: The Cassidy-Graham bill to … Continue reading

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Bad for Iowa

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Davidson “Bayard Rustin, Dolores Huerta, the pioneers of the farmworker movement and the workers of the Memphis sanitation strike also are on the (Labor Hall of Honor) list of labor heroes and heroines. As a … Continue reading

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