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Labor rally held Thursday in Mason City

MASON CITY – Organized labor held a rally today in Mason City at the Labor Temple.  About 20 persons were in attendance, including Cerro Gordo County Supervisor Phil Dougherty and former Mason City Councilman Leonard Foster.

A spokesman for the Democratic party, Michael Hunt, touted the gains in manufacturing jobs under President Barrak Obama’s administration.  “We have seen unemployment numbers drop for 34 months straight, and that is due directly from the policies of the Obama Administration,” he said.

He also mentioned Mitt Romney and the damage his election as president would cause to the working class.  “Policies like Mitt Romney imposed in Massachusetts, that off-shored jobs, sent them to other countries, layoffs at every step of the way.”

Dougherty also railed against Romney and outsourcing.  “As Governor, Romney led the charge in the outsourcing of jobs,” he said.  “We are trying to hold the line on job loss here in Iowa,” Dougherty  said.  “The county maintains close ties with labor unions.”  He pointed to food manufacturing and processing in Iowa as a way to grow the economy and add jobs.

The chatter amongst those in attendance was the low wages in the Mason City area and the lack of good-paying jobs.

One man said that $10  per hour was a good wage in 1980, and a lot of local companies pay that much now, give or take a buck or two per hour.  “There’s no good jobs left.”

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