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In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

Join Coalition of Labor Union Women

Clinton Labor Congress Labor Day Events

South Central Iowa Federation of Labor - Labor Day Events

Quad Cities Labor Day Parade

 

Iowa City Federation of Labor - Labor Day Event

Hawkeye Labor Council Labor Day Activities

Want to Help Build the Labor Movement in North Iowa

Iowa Federation of Labor Convention August 20-22

Austin Keyser named AFL-CIO Campaigns Department Midwest Regional Director

Progress Iowa Video

Braley Marks Workers Memorial Day

Patrick Hughes and Iowa City Fed Honored

IFL Legislative Conference

New Economic Analysis: $400 Million Drained from State Economies in Unemployment Benefits This Week Alone

Update January 2014

December 2013 Iowa AFL-CIO News

Innovative Polling & Insight into Grassroots Mobilization Reveals Scope of GOP’s Political Exposure on Immigration Reform

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

on Passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela

Stop and give thanks for sacrifice

THE STATE POLICY NETWORK

UPCOMING CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL CLASSES

Over 50 Percent of Labor-Endorsed and WIN Candidates Win in Local Elections

AFL-CIO Announces Hard Hitting Immigration Ad Campaign
Labor Federation mobilizes workers to pressure House Republicans to pass immigration reform with roadmap to citizenship and workers’ rights

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Election Night Results

AFL-CIO, Guatemalan Trade Unions Call for Reinstitution of Arbitral Panel After Flawed “Enforcement Plan” Failed to Protect Basic Workers’ Rights

Labor Update: GE Should Keep Its Promise

Inequality for All film opens

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Republican Hostage Taking

AFSCME Picket this Friday in Coralville

UPCOMING LABOR CENTER PROGRAMS on the UI CAMPUS

Speak out – Union Made Collegiate apparel

Answers on the ACA

It's time to expand Social Security, not cut it

Please join Democratic Activist Women’s Network of Iowa (DAWN’s List) at Dubuque Labor Temple, 1610 Garfield Avenue from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday 19 September to discuss recruiting women to run for office and running for office!

Brothers on the Line Movie, Moline Fireman's Ball and Progressive Action for the Common Good's First Annual Picnic.

NUHAWK Trivia Night September 21

Almost half of the Union Endorsed Candidates win

Check what happened on Labor Day around Iowa

Labor Day Events in Iowa

Please attend as many as you can!

As the Nation Celebrates Labor Day, Latino Workers Still Disproportionately Affected by Unemployment, Low Wages and Financial Insecurity in Retirement

UPCOMING LABOR CENTER PROGRAMS on the UI CAMPUS

Labor Day Events in Iowa

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Affiliation of UFCW

UFCW joins AFL-CIO

IEDA makes the pitch 24-7 about why we're such a great place to do business. So why does the Governor spend so much time telling our residents and lawmakers why we're not?

Parade Ad

Parade Route

Labor Day Flyer

On August 8th at 12:00 PM outside the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, thousands of concerned citizens are holding a protest against ALEC

Financial Fitness Bootcamp

A CALL FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

2013 Members Choice Award Contest at the Iowa Federation of Labor Convention.

Joint Statement by Richard L. Trumka (AFL-CIO) and Joe Hansen (ChangetoWin) on
the Walmart and GAP Bangladesh Safety Alliance: Weak and Worthles

Statement by Don Berry, President of the Maine AFL-CIO, in response to Snowe and Mitchell's Role in the Wal-Mart and Gap Bangladesh factory agreement

Call Your Congressional Reps

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on News that
U.S. Government Plans to Suspend Bangladesh’s Trade Benefits
June 27, 2013

Buy your Hall of Fame Book advertisment NOW!

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

on the Fair Labor Standard Act 75th Anniversary

June 25, 2013

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on
the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Voting Rights Act
June 25, 2013

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Amended Senate Immigration Bill

Crisis at the NLRB
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Ken Sagar Iowa Federation of Labor President.

Harkin Announces Nearly $24 Million for State Veterans Home in Marshalltown

After Plant Explosion, Texas Remains Wary of Regulation

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
on Senate Immigration Reform Debate & “Hard Triggers”

Building the Movement - Let's Talk

The History Of Flag Day

Article that ran in the Cedar Rapdis Gazette

Dear Brothers and sisters
Over the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of meeting with many Labor leaders and members of affiliated and non- affiliated unions throughout the state

Low Wage Worker Roundtable

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the

Dangers of Selling the Tribune Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration Bill

House and Senate Comparisoin to Medicaid Expansion

Yesterday the Medicaid conference committee met for the first time, to discuss what's next for Medicaid expansion in Iowa.

93 Workers Died on the Job in Iowa in 2011

Roadmap to Citizenship

President Obama Wrong to Propose Immediate Cuts on Social Security Beneficiaries

We will be in front of Mid-American HQ office bldg at 666 Grand (corner of 7th and Grand) , downtown Des Moines from 11a - 1p , Friday May 3rd.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Workers Memorial Day

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

IBEW Iowa State Conference Endorses Braley for Senate

Sugar Workers Return After 20-Month Lockout

Harkin fights for Iowans

CLUW Seeks Your Input

A president’s budget is more than just numbers. It is a profoundly moral document. We believe cutting Social Security benefits and shifting costs to Medicare beneficiaries – while exempting corporate America from shared sacrifice – is wrong and indefensible.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

On Nominations to the National Labor Relations Board

From all reports I’ve seen, President Obama is going to propose a budget plan this week that is unprecedented for a Democratic president. It will propose a cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on
March Jobs Repor
t

The Governor released his Medicaid plan last night, after legislators had left, while very few were paying attention. The initial reactions to his bill, are that it's just as bad as we thought it would be. Covering fewer Iowans, while costing the state more

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Employer Based Visas

RALLY TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF INFRASTRUCTURE: HORIZONTAL, VERTICAL, ENERGY AND THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE.

Working men and women will be well served by President Obama’s choice of Tom Perez to lead the Department of Labor

Rally at Rep. Steve Kings office

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on
Ryan GOP Budget
March 12, 2013

 

 

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
on February Jobs Report
March 8, 2013

HHS and states move forward to offer quality, affordable health coverage

PRESS RELEASE: AFSCME IOWA STATEMENT ON ARBITRATOR’S DECISION ON STATE MASTER CONTRACT
Award is fair for state employees and all Iowans

Click on LInks

How ALEC gets bills

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
on Bowles Simpson Plan

Iowa ARA Conference

 7th Iowa Alliance Annual Convention

Tonight President Obama sent a clear message to the world that he will stand and fight for working America’s values and priorities. And with the foundation he laid, working families will fight by his side to build an economy that works for all.

STATEMENT FROM KEN SAGAR, PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe held a press conference today to announce his intention to end Saturday delivery on Aug. 5, 2013, even though current law mandates six-day delivery. Carriers will be subjected to stand-up talks today on the unilateral decision.

Iowa Legislative Comittees

The U.S. economy shrunk slightly in the fourth quarter of last year, contracting by 0.1% instead of growing by 1% as analysts expected. It represents the first economic contraction since 2009

President Barack Obama was elected this fall with several mandates, but voters spoke with particular clarity on one issue: the need to support the aspiration of 11 million immigrants to become citizens. That’s why we applaud President Obama’s eloquent and thoughtful embrace of immigration reform, including a viable path to citizenship for those who are American in every way except on paper

The following is list of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites in Iowa. They will serve low income people who need assistance with filing their federal and state tax returns.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
On Bipartisan Senate Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Sarita Gupta: Union Membership Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Working women and men urgently need a voice on the job today, but the sad truth is that it has become more difficult for them to have one, as today’s figures on union membership demonstrate.

US Labor Department, Iowa Workforce Development sign agreement to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors

Free Tax Assistance

Iowa House Republicans are launching their first, but surely not their last attack on workers this legislative session. All 53 Republicans co-sponsored HJR 1, an amendment to put the so-called “right to work” law into the Iowa Constitution.

Graduate Assistant Application

Senator Jay Rockefeller’s announcement of his intention to retire marks the end of a long and honorable chapter in an illustrious career of public service

Labor Secretary Solis is leaving the position of Labor Secretary. AFL-CIO President Trunka comments.

Iowa House District 52 Special Election
The Election is January 22

Todd Prichard has been endorsed by the Iowa Federation of Labor, and we are asking all of you to help out in this election January 22, for Iowa House Distict 52.

The agreement passed by the Senate last night is a breakthrough in beginning to restore tax fairness and achieves some key goals of working families

Before I was an officer at the Iowa Federation of Labor, I negotiated private sector contracts from 1983 to 1997 for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. We won some and lost some, but the trend in the private sector was to always keep wages low, turn our pensions over to Wall Street and to cut back on our health care

IFL President Ken Sagar was a guest  on Iowa Public Radio's River to River on MOnday December 17

Coalition of Labor Union Women’s Leadership Skills Conference: Educates, Empowers and Inspires

Tax the Rich  - new version

December 2012 CLC Newsletter

Trunka article

Republicans in Congress are not in touch with their constituents. They do not seem to understand that they lost the last election because voters rejected their agenda

Union workers locked out at American Crystal Sugar voted 55% to reject management's contract offer. This is the fourth time members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union (BCTGM) have voted on an identical offer.

The budget proposal President Obama offered to Republicans yesterday keeps faith with the voters in last month’s election, who overwhelmingly opposed tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

"Inequality and Budget Deficits: Why Is Only the Latter an Emergency?" is a cross-post from Jared Bernstein's On the Economy blog.

I am writing to seek for your support in addressing what I consider a serious act of censorship on the part of Iowa Public Television (IPTV). On December 2, 2012, abUSed: The Postville Raid will finally get its national broadcast premiere as part of a new PBS series,America ReFramed but Iowa Public Television (IPTV) is censoring its presentation

November 2012 CLC Newsletter

University of Iowa Labor Center Events

Workers at Hostess Brands—who in September overwhelming rejected a contract that cut wages and benefits by as much as 32%—began a strike today against the maker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies and other well-known baked treats. Hostess has imposed the terms of the rejected contract.

On a recent evening, members of unions from the Iowa City Federation of Labor and other activists urged customers at the Target store in Coral Ridge Mall to boycott American Crystal Sugar products and support the workers who have been locked out since Aug. 1, 2011. See more in this video.

Working Families Tell Congress To Protect Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security
Eliminate Tax Cuts For Wealthiest 2 Percent

The American public have spoken and made it clear that this election could not be bought.

Tonight, working families across the country celebrate the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden – and breathe a sigh of relief that our country will move forward on the path of sanity and shared prosperity

This morning’s jobs report confirms that President Obama’s leadership has put our country on the road to economic recovery. Four years ago this month, we lost 489,000 jobs. The President inherited a labor market with 12 straight months of job losses. Under his watch, we have now seen two and a half straight years of job growth, with more than 5 million new private sector jobs created since 2010. We cannot afford to go back to the policies that caused the collapse.

NUNS ON THE BUS
Dear Friends,
You are invited to join us on Thursday November 1 for an "IOWA NUNS ON THE BUS"! NETWORK's Sister Simone Campbell will come to Des Moines to add her voice and influence for the cause of Iowa's neediest, in particular to raise awareness of the importance of Iowa's participation in Medicaid Expansion.

Americans are about to choose among candidates who are debating whether to cut benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and whether the richest Americans should pay their fair share of taxes

Video on Mason City Locked out Sugar Workers

On New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s Lawsuit Alleging That Bear Stearns Fraudulently Issued Mortgage-Backed Securities

AFL-CIO Endorses Nationwide Consumer Boycott of American Crystal Sugar in
Response to Crystal Sugar’s 14-Month Lockout

Sugar, they’re going down swinging (My Turn)

Working Class Heroes

Labor Center Upcoming Classes

Support United Way

In a remote upper floor of the Quaker Oats complex in Cedar Rapids, journeyman sheet metal worker Steve Devereux and his co-workers were excited about the chance to bend some metal into a force for good.
The workers were crafting a five-and-a-half-foot-tall replica of a Salvation Army kettle that will be used to attract attention for the not-for-profit’s annual holiday kettle donation drive.

 

Delegates and friends of Labor

I would like to ask that everyone start to have conversations with your members, friends, neighbors and anyone else who will listen. Let’s make it clear this year that the holiday everyone celebrates known as Labor Day is a creation of Organized Labor. I believe many in this country have taken for granted such holidays our forefathers fought so hard to attain for not just Organized Labor, but for all. This is not just another day off of work that corporations found in their heart to give to workers. Labor Day is a holiday to honor those who have toiled to make a better life for our families and a stronger country for all. So please share the facts about Labor Day this year with everyone , we can no longer afford to be silent about matters we have fought so hard to obtain, and then to sustain. Remember, WE EARNED IT!

Washington DC, Aug 27) Beginning today, community activists and workers in more than 20 cities will be participating in national week of action this weekend outside Costco stores. At stores across the country, events will inform Costco customers of the worker abuses at Palermo’s Pizza Factory. Costco is the largest retailer of Palermo products.

Youtube vidoes of Ken Sagar and Charlie Wishman at the 2012  Iowa Federation of Labor Convention.

Whereas Senator Tom Harkin wants to use the CPIE - Consumer Price Index Elderly to determine cost of living adjustments for Social Security, the Ryan Republican budget proposes using the Chained CPI. It is based on the assumption that a lower COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) is acceptable for people on a fixed income because consumers substitute cheaper products when prices go up.

Today we join undocumented youth or DREAMers who came to the United States as children in celebrating the beginning of the process by which they will be able to apply to remain in the U.S., and work with the full exercise of their rights. It is the culmination of years of activism by courageous and creative young people who are American in every sense except on paper.

“On Tuesday, August 14, Social Security celebrates its 77th birthday. Before Social Security, seniors worked until the day they died because they could never afford to retire. This week, retirees across the country celebrate the program that they contribute to in their working years and can rely on for modest benefits when they need it most. The program is more important than ever with the decline of defined-benefit pensions, plummeting 401ks and scanty savings.

Stan Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer for the United Steel Workers, spoke to the delegates at the 2012 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention.

The Quad City Next Up group produced this video and entered it in the First Annual IFL Members Choice Award contest - and won.

Workers at Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee, Wis., have been on strike for nearly two months in a struggle for justice with one of the largest frozen pizza manufacturers in the nation.

At the 56th annual Iowa Federation of Labor Convention, Charlie Wishman was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer.

“Prosperity Economics” provides economic blueprint for long-term growth

ALEC's extreme agenda has included templates to change our laws to make it harder for juries to hold vigilantes who kill people accountable, for American citizens to vote, for Congress to limit the distorting and corrupting influence of money in our elections, and numerous other bills that undermine the rights and opportunities of Americans.

“Generations of families have worked here to make American Crystal Sugar a profitable and productive producer of sugar,” said Trumka “This abysmal display shows total disregard for those employees and the community who have made Crystal Sugar a well renowned brand and a leader in sugar production in this country.”

Hyatt “systematically abuses housekeepers and other hotel workers,” said UNITEHERE! President John Wilhelm this morning in announcing a worldwide boycott of the hotel chain.

In 2008, the Iowa Legislature approved a law to protect all Iowa property by establishing the electrical inspection program. In an attempt to ensure the safety of farmers, their families, employees and livestock, non-residential farm buildings were specifically included in the electrical inspection program.

I’m pleased to announce a new feature on the Working America website: Dear David. Launching today Dear David is a regular advice column for workers.

 A conversation with two Iowa labor leaders. AFSCME's Danny Homan and Iowa Federation of Labor President Ken Sagar on this edition of Iowa Press.

As you may or may not know BCTGM Locals 167G(Unit 264,Unit 266, and Unit 326),265G,267G,269G and 372G are going into 11 months of being Locked Out by ACSC.
Our Leadership and Negotiators met with ACS on June 8th.but to no avail would they accept our offer they’re determined to stick with there final offer.

Joyce D. NEW YORK — Joyce D. Miller, an influential advocate for women who believed that equality in the workplace could be best achieved through labor unions, and who championed that cause when she broke into the male-dominated leadership of the AFL-CIO, died of a stroke June 30 in Washington. She was 84.Miller, women’s rights advocate, in AFL-CIO leadership

July 2012 CLC Newsletter

As families and neighbors gear up for Fourth of July festivities, we’re reminded that not all homes will be sites of celebration. It’s hard to drive through neighborhoods and not notice all the shuttered homes and abandoned lawns, casualties of the foreclosures, layoffs and jobs that have moved overseas.

Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer for the Iowa Federation of Labor discusses Labor 2012. Betty Brim-Hunter talks about how labor needs to get active.

Washington, DC -- In the week leading up to Fourth of July celebrations, working families across the country will gather outside politicians’ and corporations’offices to demand they take steps now to bring good jobs home and invest in America

Check out @AFLCIO #votingrights site 2 see what your state’s voting laws are, our map of voter suppression shame and more: www.myvotemyright.org

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the House passage of the Republicans’ Budget Reconciliation Bill:

SCIFL President, Mark Cooper's letter to the editor, April 12, 2012 in the Des Moines Register dealing with the wealthy and corporations paying their fair share of taxes.

North Iowa Nine Labor Council and the Iowa Federation of Labor presnted BTCGM local 269G with $1000 donation towards their lockout with Crystal Sugar, in Mason City.

The Ryan Budget was introduced last week and it is an attack on medicare and medicaid. It will take more from those that have little, and give more to the wealthy. IFL President Ken Sagar's letter to the editor on this issue, was published in the Des Moines Register.

Here is the April Central Labor Council latest news, from around the state. This electronic newsletter was developed by the Central labor Councils in Iowa. Please send this newsletter to your members.

Iowa Republican Congressmen vote to cut Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats - Braley, Loebsack and Boswell all voted agains the Ryan Budget. The Bill now moves to the Senate. Contact Harkin and Grassley and ask them to vote against the Ryan Budget.

Senator Tom Harkin introduced "Rebuild America Act" this week. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded Senator Harkin for introducing the bill.

AFL-CIO Plans door-to-door for Obama Read more >>>

Local BCTGM 167G Address IFL Conference

Help BCTGM Sisters and Brothers Locked Out Across the Upper Midwest!

On August 1, 1,300 BCTGM members in Minnesota, North Dakota and in Mason City, Iowa were locked out of their factories by American Crystal Sugar. The company has hired replacement workers and continues to refuse to return to the bargaining table.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please help your union brothers and sisters during this lockout by donating to the American Crystal Sugar Workers Lockout Fund.

Address checks to:
BCTGM ACS Lockout Fund

Mail donations to:
BCTGM International Union
Attn: ACS Lockout Fund – 4th Floor
10401 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, Maryland 20895

Thank you for standing in solidarity with the locked out workers of American Crystal Sugar!

Here is the latest news from around the Central Labor Councils in Iowa. This electronic newsletter was developed by the Central Labor Councils across the state.

This monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on some of the latest news and happenings within the Central Labor Councils.

If you have comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ifl@iowaaflcio.org.

Download it here in PDF form. 

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