Message of the Day—Raise Pay for Good

The Labor Wire Feb. 20, 2018 Working people from Alabama to Massachusetts to California keep organizing and raising pay, while government cutbacks hold the door open for bad employers to pay less than the minimum wage and steal wages from workers. The AFL-CIO … Continue reading

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Here is the Veterans Committee from USW Local 105 volunteering with the USO on Frank’n Friday.

Frank’n Friday is held on the first Friday of every month and the team in conjunction with the USO, serves between 110-150 hot dogs with all the toppings, chips, drinks and sides to our Military and their families at the USO center on the Rock Island Arsenal. Since its inception in July 2014 the Committee has helped served over 5,081 soldiers and family members.  The United Steelworkers Local 105 has recently challenged other Local Area Unions to sponsor a Frank’n Friday the cost is a meager $250.00 and covers all the fixings. We believe that this type of event serves as a great opportunity to say thank you to our service members for all that they do.

Pictured above are John Lane, Robert Bartholomew and Patrick Stock.

In Solidarity,Patrick Stock

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 Alive & Dead after the 1st Funnel

  1st Funnel: What Survived Last week marked the end of the first deadline to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible for debate this session.  In the table below, you can see some of the key bills … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Invoking Weingarten Rights
“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at the meeting.”
Yesterday was the anniversary of the 1975 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of sales clerk Leura Collins and her union, the Retail Clerks, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc.—the case establishing that workers have a right to request the presence of their union steward if they believe they are to be disciplined for a workplace infraction.

February 21
A state law was enacted in California providing the 8-hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced – 1868

Transportation-Communication Employees Union merges with Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees – 1969

United Farm Workers of America granted a charter by the AFL-CIO – 1972

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50 Years After Memphis Sanitation Workers Went On Strike, Remembering MLK’s Words

Exactly 50 years ago, roughly 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn. went on strike for better work conditions, adequate pay and union recognition. Here is the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered in support of the workers on April 3, 1968—one day before he was assassinated. 

Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy in his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. It’s always good to have your closest friend and associate say something good about you. And Ralph is the best friend that I have in the world.

I’m delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow. Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world.

As you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of general and panoramic view of the whole human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, “Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?” — I would take my mental flight by Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn’t stop there. I would move on by Greece, and take my mind to Mount Olympus. And I would see Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides and Aristophanes assembled around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality.

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Let Legislators Know: “Stop The Cuts”

I know there are many important issues pending in the Iowa Legislature, and I want you to keep speaking up on those issues you care about, but please take a few extra minutes to let legislators know you oppose the … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 19 American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department – 1909 A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the … Continue reading

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Legislative Updates

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This week marked the end of the “first funnel,” which means that if a bill does not move through a subcommittee and then a full committee in at least one chamber, it is ineligible to be considered further.  This does … Continue reading

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Forums for this week

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Get Serious for DACA and TPS

President Donald Trump and politicians on Capitol Hill showed us Washington at its worst, with its inability to do the right thing on immigration. Regular working people, who are American in every way but on paper, are being terrified, arrested and … Continue reading

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4th Annual Des Moines Area Conservation Dinner

Join the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance for a delicious meal and silent and live auctions to benefit conservation efforts in your area, and you could walk away with great new outdoor gear or thousands of dollars worth of guns.

By simply attending the dinner, you and your brothers and sisters will contribute to the USA’s efforts to enhance public access to the outdoors, conserve wildlife habitats, restore our nation’s parks and pass on our incredible outdoor heritage to the next generation.

Individual seat and table sponsorship opportunities are available, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will stay right in your community to fund a Work Boots on the Ground conservation project and bring union members together in the spirit of volunteerism.

We look forward to seeing you at this great event!

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018 | Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Prairie Meadows | 1 Prairie Meadows Drive | Altoona, IA 50009

WHAT: Dinner, 1-year USA membership, commemorative gift, and a good time with your union brothers and sisters!

COST: $75 per person (or sponsor a table of 10 for $1,500 – see registration link for more info)

TO RSVP: Contact Robert Gilmore at 515-289-0482 or rgilmore81@gmail.com.

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Madagascar proverb
“Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you.”

February 17
Sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, are tear-gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. plants in Chicago. Two years later the U.S. Supreme Court declared sit-down strikes illegal. The tactic had been a major industrial union organizing tool – 1937

Two locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Int’l Union (now UNITE HERE) at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., strike in sympathy with 1,300 graduate student teaching assistants who are demanding the right to negotiate with the university – 1992

February 18
One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four years earlier – 1834

Faced with 84-hour workweeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters form The Int’l Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the AFL beginning in 1903 – 1918

—Compiled and edited by David Prosten

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks Once again, Research Activities Credit biggest gainers are big companies   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2018) — Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy cost Iowa taxpayers $66.1 million in 2017, with very … Continue reading

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Inside the Iowa House: More School Closings on the Way?

My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one.  She had been barely older than her students, was out in the country with a group of children, had no phone, no car, and limited … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Trumka tells unions it’s time to go on offense

WASHINGTON – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging organized labor to go on the offense, despite control of Washington and states by anti-union politicians.

The fed leader issued his demand at the United Auto Workers political conference in D.C., in early February. He headlined a parade of speakers, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

Trumka spoke just days before GOP President Donald Trump proposed his federal budget for fiscal 2019, which starts Oct. 1, but after the Republican-run Congress – with some Democratic help – broke months of budget deadlock and passed a 2-year budget blueprint.

The blueprint ended the threat of another government shutdown, and avoided a controversial vote on U.S. public debt. Pro-worker Democrats, in exchange for their key support, got increases in domestic spending, but not a solution – which both unions and they campaigned for – to keep the 690,000 Dreamers in the U.S. for good.

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Loving Faith & Freedom Reception

Dear Friends,
I hope you will join us at the Loving Faith & Freedom Reception on Monday, February 19, a fundraiser in support of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund. I am honored to have Senator Joe Bolkcom as our special guest and featuring the music of guitarist Rob Lumbard. It is always a fun event with lots of good friends.
If you have already made your reservation, thank you and I look forward to seeing you Monday.
If you have not, you can find more information on our website and will be able to make a reservation and your donation to the Action Fund.
I hope you will be able to join us! Let me know if you can.
Thanks much!
Connie
Connie Ryan
Executive Director
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa & Action Fund

 

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IOWANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST GRASSLEY’S RUBBER STAMPING OF TRUMP NOMINEE MICHAEL BRENNAN

DES MOINES –The leaders of the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition issued the following statements in advance of today’s vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Michael Brennan, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work!” February 16 Leonora O’Reilly was born in New York. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she began working in a factory at … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Convention could be a dangerous thing!

Welcome to this edition of Union Yes Iowa, a podcast sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

Today we are talking with Iowa State Senator, Pam Jochum about the proposed Senate resolution calling for a convention of the states under the US Constitution to proposed amendments on fiscal restraints and other limits on the federal government. If this bill were to pass, it could make Iowa the 28th of the required 34 states needed to call for a constitutional convention.

The last constitution convention held in this country was in 1787 Where the constitution was created

Here in Iowa Senate Joint Resolution 8 has passed committee and appears to be headed for the senate floor. The house passed a similar resolution last year.

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Go to a Forum/Meeting in your area!

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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