Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO


CMS Listening Session on the Medicare Initiative

The Iowa Caucus Handbook

National Survey for Working Women

100 Women, 100 Miles, One Voice

One hundred immigrant women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis and remind the whole world of the importance of immigrant work, and working people in the labor movement joined them. Read the full article>>>

April 16: COPE Convention: Des Moines. USW 310 Hall.

February 8 & 9: Iowa Federation of Labor Legislative Conference

Robert Reich Working Families Summit talk.

While much of the Internet this week was focused on escaped llamas, figuring out what color a dress is or mourning the loss of SAG-AFTRA member and Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, we can forget that legislation is still being pushed that would make the lives of working families worse. Whether it is the "right to work" policies pushed by the allies of Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), who likes to compare workers to terrorists, and in other states like New Mexico and West Virginia, or the ongoing negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using the Fast Track process, we need to stay alert. Read more >>>

Iowa City Federation of Labor 2015 Officers

2015 Legislative Forum Information

Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Iowa Federation of Labor Per Capita information and Book

Iowa Federation of Labor Officer Form

USA Wants You

Check out Iowa Labor News

2014 Voting Record

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 >>>

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Want to Help Build the Labor Movement in North Iowa

Austin Keyser named AFL-CIO Campaigns Department Midwest Regional Director

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

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

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

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

Check what happened on Labor Day around Iowa

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

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

on the Fair Labor Standard Act 75th Anniversary

June 25, 2013

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

Roadmap to Citizenship

CLUW Seeks Your Input

Click on LInks

How ALEC gets bills

Legislative Forums for 2015

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

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

Iowa City Federation Of Labor  Awards & Chilie Supper held January 17. see photos in photo album


Calander of Iowa City Federation Of Labor Events Read more >>>

January 17th is the Iowa City Federation Of Labors annual chili supper and awards banquet. Start time is approx. 6 pm at the Coralville Library basement conference room.

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

December 2012 CLC Newsletter

November 2012 CLC Newsletter

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 Class Heroes

Good evening, brothers and sisters. I’m Rich Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. I’m a third-generation coal miner from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania.

I’m here on behalf of millions of people who do the work of America.

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!

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

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.

“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.

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.

 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.

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

We are pleased and relieved that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable Care Act. We have no illusion that the destination has been reached, and we are more committed than ever to the hard work necessary to achieve our dream of quality health care for all.

May 29, 2012

While both have strong characteristics that would make for a good Auditor – especially their shared opposition to Voter ID laws that disenfranchise voters - their knowledge and experience dealing with the above-mentioned labor issues needs improvement. Consequently, the WIN committee decided not to recommend either candidate for endorsement. 

War on The Poor

April 28th Iowa City Fed Honored Iowa workers and service members that were kiled in 2011. Read more >>>

Workers Memorial Day Ceremony Sat. April 28th Read more >>>

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.

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

Up date on the Jean Martin, Iowa City Federation of Labor Memorial shelter to be built in the Trueblood Recreation trail area. Read more >>>

New Committee’s for I C Federation of Labor

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

Download it here in PDF form. 

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Jean Martin Memorial Shelter Fund is growing, but we still have a long way to go. Our goal is to raise $15,000 or more. Read more >>>

Officer Election Results

President Patrick Hughes
Vice- Pres. Jesse Case
Secretary Joe Marron
Treasure Rich Hockey
Trustees Mark Falk
                 Royce Peterson
                 Pauline Taylor

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 Jean Martin Memorial
Jean Martin, AFSCME Local 12, passed away on May 16, 2011. 
 Jean’s commitment to the Iowa City Federation of Labor was renowned. Not a single activity that this body has done was done without her. You saw her working at our Chili Supper, the League of Women Voters event we sponsored, the food drive, the fair booth, Labor Day, the homecoming parade, and recycling aluminum.
In addition to her labor activities, Jean was an e n v i r o n m e n t a l i s t , a humanitarian, a Democrat, an animal lover, a bicyclist, and a cherished member of the Iowa City Senior Center. To honor Jean we are helping to raise
money to fund a facility at the Iowa City Terry Trueblood Recreation Center located on Sand Road.
Our goal is to raise enough money to fund a shelter house that would be named in honor of Jean Martin and the Iowa City Federation of Labor. Donations can be sent to Prairie Voices Productions, PO Box 3411, Iowa City, IA 52244. Write Jean Martin Memorial on the memo line.
We urge our affiliates, individual union members, and our friends, that Jean cared about so much, to consider contributing to this Memorial Fund.
For any questions contact Robin Butler at 319-330-8857. Read more >>>

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