Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO


Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Read more >>>

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

 Vacancy Announcement -

Deadline is June 30, 2016

 Great River Area Labor Federation – based in Quad Cities area (Dubuque Federation of Labor; Quad City Federation of Labor; Clinton Labor Congress; Des Moines/Henry County Labor Council; & Lee County Labor Council)
 Hawkeye Area Labor Council – based in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, IA areas (North Iowa Nine Labor Council; Black Hawk Union Council; & Hawkeye Labor Council)
 South Central Iowa Federation of Labor – based in Des Moines, IA area (South Central Iowa Federation of labor and Southern Iowa Labor Council)
 Western Iowa Labor Federation – based in Sioux City, IA area Southwest Iowa Labor Council; North Central Federation of Labor & Northwest Iowa Labor Council)

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  AFL-CIO Votes to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

 Day of Action June

 Union/Labor Endorsed Candidates

 Affiliation Handbook

 Worker’s Memorial Day Events around Iowa

 Please take action today by sending a letter to your State Representative telling them you support the $9.7 million in funding for DOT and oppose the amendment removing it.

 Equal Pay Day

 Join us on Tuesday, April 12, for an Equal Pay Day Twitter storm

 We need your help - Senator Chuck Grassley will be in Rock Rapids, Ocheyedan, and Orange City next week

 Call to Tell Senate Republican Leaders to Do Their Job and Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy

  Why Courts Matter Iowa Coalition to Rally and Tell Senator Grassley - “Do Your Job”

 COPE Convention April 23 – Time running out to register

 Call Today

 Postal Banking

Good from Bad Water

Union members have been helping out Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis. Read the full article>>>


Brandt/Hy-Brand workers on strike

2016 USA's 2nd Annual Des Moines Area Conservation Dinner

 Governor Branstad: Taxes are the Legislature's Responsibility

National Survey for Working Women

Robert Reich Working Families Summit talk.

2015 Legislative Forum Information

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

Join Coalition of Labor Union Women

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

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

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

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.

Working women and men who provide the services to make society a better place to live are not some unknown entity to be scapegoated by politicians.  We are your neighbors.

Links to articles and people will be included on this site to put a face to the story of working people.

Support your fellow workers and support union print shops that pay well and provide decent benefits.

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over 50,000 members of 520 unions throughout Iowa. The mission of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.


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