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August 24, 2020

The Importance of Labor Day

Interview with Professor Peter Rachleff, Co-Director East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul MN. and John McKerley, manager of Iowa Labor History Oral Project. Discussion about the importance of Labor Day especially since most parades and events have been cancelled.  August 2020 

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Part Seven: Ako-Abdul Samed, Iowa State Representative; Paul Iversen, U of I Labor Center and Al Womble. Host: Charlie Wishman and Peter Hird.

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Guests: Dan Gosa, Insulators 81 and Rick Moyle, HALC. Hosts Charlie Wishman and Pete Hird.

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Part Five of the IFL Series: Guests are Mike Beranek of ISEA; Kim Karol of IPWU; Tom Hockensmith Polk County Supervisor; Bob Waters of UFCW and Danny Homan of AFSCME Council 61.

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Part four of the IFL series: Guests are Ben Shields, IATSE; Michael Walker BLET and Scott Punteney, WILF.

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Part Three of the IFL series: Guest are Guillermo Morales of the University of Iowa Labor Center; Mary Jane Cobb and Mike Beranek of ISEA; Doug Neys IAFF and Steve Vonk, USW.

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In this edition, we will be joined by Paul Iversen, U of I Labor Center, Danny Homan, AFSCME Council 61,Brad Greve  USW Local 105, Jeff Shudak UA 16, and Pat Wells IBEW 347 to hear how they've dealt with different challenges they have faced. Each week, you'll hear from different labor voices navigating this new labor landscape. May 21, 2020

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The first in many to come, this starts the Iowa AFL-CIO Series of "The role of Unions in the COVID-19 Crisis". This weeks guests are Jen Sheerer, University of Iowa Labor Center; Mike Bates, APWU, Jesse Case Teamsters and Kelly Herrison, UAW.

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Welcome to the third editon of Union Yes Iowa Podcast.


Today we are talking with Alex Dryzimski DRIZ SIM SKI, Campaign Director, Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security


Fighting for dignity in retirement

The mission of the Iowa Coalition for Retirement Security is simple: Bring Iowans together to advocate for the retirement security working people deserve. With 45% of American households with no retirement savings, retirement security is in crisis. Hard-working Iowans deserve better. Together, we will hold accountable those who will make the retirement crisis worse - by standing up and advocating for retirement policies that will help working families. Click here to go to their webpage

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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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