Category Archives: Labor

Labor Day: Let’s Talk About Inequality

I am a true believer in celebrating laborers in our society and inn the world economy. We have noting unless someone mines it, fabricates it, processes it or distributes it.  Yet in the economic system of capitalism as practiced in … Continue reading

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Iowans Want September To Be Declared Labor Union Appreciation Month

Progress Iowa <press@progressiowa.org> Wed 9/1/2021 2:00 PM For Immediate Release: September 1, 2021 Contact: Ivy Beckenholdt, ivy@progressiowa.org Iowans Want September To Be Declared Labor Union Appreciation Month More than 80 elected officials, organizations, and businesses sign on in support at … Continue reading

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How Workers Can Reclaim Power

The following is a short (6 minute) video by Robert Reich. Reich is the former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. He may be optimistic,  but he always brings up great points: Labor was once the very backbone of the … Continue reading

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We Could Use Some FDR These Days

Some days it would be nice to see some FDR channeled. His times were not that much different than today. But he was often more head on in his approach. Here is an FDR speech at the 1936 Democratic convention … Continue reading

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What Work Will We Do?

Conventional wisdom is there is a worker shortage in Iowa. “Companies are really at a tipping point with respect to their workforce,” Iowa Business Council Executive Director Joe Murphy said in an interview with Perry Beeman of Iowa Capitol Dispatch. … Continue reading

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Labor Coming Back?

Amazon workers attempt to organize may signal change in Labor’s standing. Biden moves signal new era for Labor? We all felt it when Joe Biden won the election as President. The winds of change were blowing hard. The wind was … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: Racism Is Profitable

The above video is from Robert Reich’s Inequality Media. This video ties in to a degree with the previous post on how labor has been exploited especially since the mid 1970s. Lyndon Johnson many years ago made an astute observation … Continue reading

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“The $2.5 Trillion Annual Theft”

That is an estimate of how much the annual theft is from America’s workers. A study came out this week that astounded nearly everyone. While everyone knows that workers have been left behind in the economic race since the early … Continue reading

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Biden Out Of The Gate Strong!

This week has been enjoyable if for no other reason than to see Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden on the virtual stump making speeches that make sense and that point out that the Armageddon that his opponent predicts is already … Continue reading

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An Immigrant In My Own Country

Reprinted with permission from the Summer #2 2020 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The Prairie Progressive is  funded entirely by reader subscription,  available primarily in hard copy for $12/yr.  Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa … Continue reading

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