Storm Lake native Jesse Case, leader of Teamsters Local 238 in Cedar Rapids (the state’s largest union local with a presence in 83 counties) last week called for “protests and rolling strikes” against legislation that would emasculate collective bargaining.
“We’re going to take the fight to them, to their town, to their county, to their farm, to their business,” Case said in a prepared video posted to YouTube on Thursday. “We’re gonna have rolling strikes across the State of Iowa. We’re gonna have concerted activity in business across the State of Iowa. We’re gonna have protests at businesses across the State of Iowa, and we’re gonna shut down business in the State of Iowa if they shut down unions.
“We’re not going to let them burn down the House of Labor,” Case declared. “We’re not going down without a fight.”
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Storm Lake native Jesse Case and Teamsters Local 238 are set on amplifying the voices of rural Iowans around issues that are important to working families like better schools, health care, roads and labor rights.
Case leads Iowa’s largest local union out of Cedar Rapids, and founded the community organizing group TeamCAN. He said he’s been listening to members the past couple years who believe that neither party represents them — especially in rural counties dominated by one party.
Hence, some 700,000 Iowa registered voters opt out of the system. They are a group that are experts at describing what rural Iowans are facing, if anyone talked their language. Case has been listening for years.
“Our members are fed up,” Case said. “They’ve had enough.”
Case is bringing together unions and community organizers to press a “Working Families Agenda” to make sure the voices of his members are heard.