Tag Archives: Iowa labor

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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Labor Day 2017: The State of Working Iowa

This article by Colin Gordon, Senior Researcher at the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, appeared in the Des Moines Register September 2, 2017. Labor Day is always a good time to take stock of the state of working Iowa. Patterns of … Continue reading

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Could Iowa Football Players Form A Union?

Brother Herky By Nate Willems Earlier this year, the Chicago Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University have the right to form a labor union and bargain with their employer … Continue reading

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Wage Theft: An Iowa Disgrace

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece first appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen. It is reprinted with the permission of Senator Bolkcom). It might seem hard to believe, but some Iowa employers are regularly stealing from their employees. It’s a problem … Continue reading

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Labor Update: Staples Boycott

It’s hard to fathom the cavalcade of minutia encountered when mailing a package at the post office. The question has been “can a lowly paid worker at Staples do the same work for less?” The postal unions have said no, … Continue reading

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Labor Update: Harris v. Quinn

Organized labor has a voice in Iowa politics, but not the power it once had to move its agenda. Looking back at Nate Willems’ March 30, 2007 article from Prairie Progressive, and the Iowa Fair Share debate, he wrote, “the … Continue reading

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Wage Theft: A Widespread Problem

DUBUQUE– Americans like to think that a fair day’s work brings a fair day’s pay. In today’s labor market, however, wage theft annually amounts to billions of dollars and affects millions of wage earners. Victims include U.S. citizens and immigrants; … Continue reading

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'Sixteen Tons' Captures Coal Field Life

Sixteen Tons by Kevin Corley Hardball Press Reviewed by Mike Matejka Grand Prairie Union News, Bloomington, Illinois Posted with permission Coal miners were once referred to as the “shock troops of labor,” hardened union members who were often shot at … Continue reading

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Iowa Labor Day Weekend Events

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Why should you care about the Fair Share debate in the Iowa Legislature?

The Prairie Progressive You probably know that Iowa is an Open Shop (so-called “Right-to-Work”) state in which individuals who are represented by a union have to pay at least their Fair Share of the costs the union incurs in administering … Continue reading

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