PRESS RELEASE (April 25, 2019) — According to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO, Iowa  had the 36 highest rate of workplace deaths. This analysis, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that, at least, 26 Iowa workers lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 23, 2019) — On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.  

This year, we will come together to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness, and death. We will stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers' rights and protections and demand that elected officials put workers' well-being above corporate interests.

Brad Greve, President, Great River Area Labor Federation and United Steelworkers Local 105:563-343-7652
Julia McMeekan, Field Organizer, Great River Area Labor Federation: 309-738-1446
Jennifer Sherer, Director, University of Iowa Labor Center: 319-321-8320

Save Our Labor Center: Public Hearing Wednesday in Bettendorf

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. We’ll leave the dire predictions and hyperbole to the pundits. This memo is focused on the facts so that you and readers can fully understand the implications of this important case.

Let’s begin with the “who”:

On Friday, November 10th First Class Community Credit Union sponsored a Veterans Day radiothon to raise funds for the American Legion of Iowa’s Veteran Service and Assistance Programs.

The main veteran union constituency group joins other leading pro-veteran organizations in opposing S.J. Res 47

Labor Day Events

Clinton: Day Before Picnic – September 3. Eagle Point Park Lodge. Noon. Free Food Beverages, prizes and kid’s games. Politics Too!  Dave Keefer at  309-230-6476.

Lucas: September 2: John L Lewis Parade and city events. Parade line up 10:45 am. Various events all day.  641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544,

The Great River Labor Federation (GRALF), AFL-CIO, and its Chapters have voted to endorse the listed candidates for the September 12 School Board elections.

GRALF has adopted criteria for endorsement which includes completing a GRALF candidate questionnaire, interviewing and receiving the recommendation from the GRAL’s Working Iowa Neighbor’s Committee (WIN) and passing a vote of endorsement of delegates at an official GRALF delegate meeting.

The Iowa Federation of Labor will be hosting a Forum of the current candidates for Governor.

All currently announced candidates have been invited.

Those that have accepted the invite are: Nate Boulton (D); Cathy Glasson (D); Andy McGuire (D); Jon Neiderbach (D); John Norris (D); Jake Porter (L); Todd Pritchard (D); Steven Ray (R); and Brent Roske (I).