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Iowa union leader touts new labor-friendly act introduced in Congress


This news story was published on February 8, 2021.
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Charlie Wishman in Mason City

DES MOINES – An Iowa union leader is touting a new labor-friendly act that was introduced in Congress days ago.

According to Charlie Wishman, President, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO:

We are proud of our United States of America. The American dream is a value we hold dear and nothing shall impede us on that journey. One of the keys to that dream is dignity in the workplace. We deserve equity, respect, a safe working environment and a fair wage for a day’s work. However, our woefully outdated labor laws are no longer effective as a means for working people to counter the power of corporate America.

Its long past due for labor law reform.  Across the political spectrum, people are coming to the realization, if they already had not, that the tables are tilted in favor of powerful corporations. The PRO Act will change the power dynamics in America and give working people a real say in your own future.

Today, the PRO Act was introduced in the United States Congress.  The PRO Act is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression because it will empower workers to exercise our freedom to organize, ensure that workers can reach a first contract, it will hold corporations accountable, and repeal Jim Crow era laws like “right to work,” which lead to lower wages, fewer benefits, and more dangerous workplaces.

The PRO Act will make America’s economy work for working people.  Here’s why: when union membership is greater, all of our wages are better.  Between 1948 and 1973, when New Deal era laws expanded and enforced collective bargaining, hourly wages rose by more than 90%.

But over the next 40 years—from 1973 to 2013—hourly wages rose by just over 9% while productivity increased 74%.  As it is, workers are not getting paid a fair share of what we produce.

Workers in America favor unions and tens of millions want to join one. Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows nearly 60 million people would vote to join a union today if given the opportunity.  That is nearly half of nonunion workers.

The PRO Act is how our laws catch up, with workers embracing collective action with a fervor not seen in generations.  The PRO Act is the future, and the future is now.

 

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38 Responses to Iowa union leader touts new labor-friendly act introduced in Congress

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    THE RESULT OF THE OVERTHROW OF THE US GOVERNMENT. This is what the coup has accomplished for the Communists in charge of America!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      DONT LIKE IT? MOVE!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

        mexico won’t let me in

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2021 at 10:23 am

        ANOTHER GREEDY, LIYING , DEMONRAT.JUST LIKE ALL THE REST..

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Simple cure for the “homeless” problem. Anyone that voted for Biden and that circus should have a homeless, and her/his/their children, live with them permanently and such person(s)do absolutely do nothing help the household. Homeless off the streets and home owners have proved their compassion and goodyness.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    SOCIALISM SUCKS and THIS IS WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT WE HAVE NOW IN AMERICA! WATCH THIS AND SEE WHAT WE WILL LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS IF WE DON’T PUT A STOP TO THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR COUNTRY. TELL YOUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      DONT LIKE IT? MOVE

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 10, 2021 at 7:51 pm

        Socialist country won’t let us in

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 11, 2021 at 9:44 am

          TRY RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA OR TURKEY. THEY WOULD LOVE YOU.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Biden has overturned the travel ban, halted construction of the border wall, paused deportations during his administration’s first 100 days, and suspended the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy for migrants who claim asylum.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Union members are suckers you can all of the Acts you want but it won’t do you any good. Ask the former XL pipeline workers. But you keep voting for your lib politicians and tell us how that works for you.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Trumps quarterback Wins the Super Bowl !!!

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Unions are for losers who have no ability of their own. The union zaps ur soul watching all the losers around you get paid for sub par work day after day. It’s a liberal trap to steal ur soul from you. It’s just sophisticated welfare

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      You are so wise come speak at our next union meeting.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 9, 2021 at 8:23 pm

        all while your out slashing his tires

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 10, 2021 at 7:17 pm

          No that would be you cuz your a jealus wanna be.

          • Anonymous

            February 10, 2021 at 7:52 pm

            wanna be …what a zombie following orders

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Union people call real men who are willing to work and give their families a roof over their head and food on the table a scab. I rather think being called a scab is a term to be proud of.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    All you scabs need to read up on history. If it wasn’t for unions you’d all be making minimum wage. But wait, biden is going to raise the minimum, so you should be happy then. with sucking off the government tit, your stimulas check, and minimum wage, you should be setting good in beer and cigs, for a couple weeks anyway.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    This is a free country. That should mean you are free to join a union or not.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 8, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Exactly, and if you don’t, don’t piss and moan about somebody that does because he’s making more then you.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 9, 2021 at 8:21 pm

        that’s funny…worked opposite side of the union for 5 years. one company was union and one was not. 3 of the 5 years they were on strike..made more money than they did

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 9, 2021 at 9:16 pm

          of course you did, and if you can remember, what company was that you worked for, and when was that 3 year strike? try and be specific.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    In North Iowa unions have caused more unemployment than they have helped people. OSHA has made the work places safer, not unions. Unions have made it so companies/government agencies can’t get rid of bad employees. Way back, I worked a place (the reason I NEVER took another union job,and actively try to talk people out of them), we had a guy that would come in drunk at least once a week. The steward had to argue for his job, the guy had to get a ride home and sleep it off, promise not to do it again, rinse repeat.
    While he was drunk, onsite, trying to operate equipment( machinery and forklift), he hurt a couple of people, about killed one, and still had a job, I guess because UNIONS MAKE IT SO MUCH SAFER. NOT.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 8, 2021 at 10:06 pm

      thats bullshit and you know it. you probably got fired from a union job because you were a train wreck and couldn’t understand why the union never saved you. stay at your minimum wage job for ever.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 9, 2021 at 10:32 am

        I had a year contract with that place. I finished it out and left. 3 months later the drunk drove a forklift off a dock and sued the crap out of the company for “letting” him operate a forklift knowing he has a drinking problem. The union helped suppy him with a lawyer, comical as hell.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm

          BS BS BS. Warry, warry, warry. Why do you lie?

          • Anonymous

            February 9, 2021 at 8:19 pm

            no lie ..you can not handle the truth

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 8, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    What a line of B.S. Productivity increased due to modernization and robotics. It increased in spite of poor labor cost. Scrap and rework reduction due to modern equipment and robotics also help increase productivity.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 8, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      So that means that you are not gong to join a union. You’ll just sit back and suck off the wage increases that unions encourage?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 8, 2021 at 7:07 pm

        Last place I worked, I was paid more than union scale, with benies. Full NON-UNION SHOP. We wouldn’t even hire in unionized subcontractors.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 8, 2021 at 10:07 pm

          Now if you can remember, what company paid you more then union wages, I’d like to know.

          • Anonymous

            February 9, 2021 at 5:05 pm

            I have asked him that before. He won’t answer because it never happened.

          • Anonymous

            February 9, 2021 at 5:57 pm

            he’ll always remain an anonymous liar!!!

          • Anonymous

            February 9, 2021 at 8:16 pm

            maybe he doesn’t want to ruin a good thing

          • Anonymous

            February 12, 2021 at 12:35 pm

            He just doesn’t want to fess up that he was lying. He always lies and to have to prove his statement would further destroy his fragile ego. He is a snowflake trumpie who learned to lie from his cult leader.