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Des Moines, Iowa – One year ago, Congressman Steve King and members of the Republican Party shut down the federal government at an enormous cost. Their actions roiled the country as federal workers were furloughed, national parks were closed, and … Continue reading
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You recently said that a federal minimum wage was “ridiculous.” A policy that protects tens of millions of American workers and whose erosion due to Congressional passivity has left 200,000+ Iowans making less today, adjusted for inflation, than lowwage … Continue reading
October 31 George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in … Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today called on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to make all possible effort to ensure that Iowa absentee ballots are counted. Specifically, the senators issued a letter to … Continue reading
OK, so you’ve researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you’ve either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don’t feel like you’ve done enough to make sure that Tuesday’s election doesn’t turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers’ rights. What can you do?
Luckily, you still can make a big difference this election. It’s as easy as picking up the phone and making sure as many of your friends and neighbors show up to vote as possible. Nothing gets people to the polls like a reminder from someone they know that the election is important, and making calls is easy with our Friends and Neighbors tool.
Start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!
‘Meet Labor’s Endorsed Candidates’ moved
The Dubuque Federation of Labor’s “Meet Labor’s Endorsed Candidates” event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today will be held at the Labor Temple, 1610 Garfield Ave. Due to a scheduling conflict at the UAW hall, the event has been moved.
Candidates endorsed by the federation have been invited to attend, including Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, 1st District Congressional candidate; Abby Finkenauer, Iowa House District 99 candidate; Rep. Chuck Isenhart, D-Dubuque, House District 100; Rep. Nancy Dunkel, D-Dyersville, House District 57; Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, Senate District 29; Donna Smith and Tom Hancock, Dubuque County supervisor candidates; and John Murphy, Dubuque County recorder cand
As Election Day is rapidly approaching, we need your help in making sure folks get to the polls!
For entry, tickets must be picked up in advance. Tickets will be available for pick-up between 9am and 9pm Thursday
and Friday at the following locations:
Democratic Party of Illinois Field Office
1852 16th St
Moline, IL 61265
Laborer’s Local 309
2835 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
We look forward to seeing you there!
(Washington, DC, October, 30, 2014) – During a Tuesday night interview on Fox News, Wayne Williams, the County Clerk for Colorado’s El Paso County and GOP candidate for Secretary of State, attempted to discredit new Colorado voting laws that led … Continue reading
This column is a followup to two columns last week that endorsed Joni Ernst in the U.S. Senate race.
I want to thank you, my fellow Iowans, for the honor of representing you in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. I’ve worked hard over the years to be a voice for those who are too often overlooked in Washington: working families, people with disabilities, students and the elderly.
That the son of a coal miner father and a Slovenian immigrant mother from Cumming, Ia., could grow up to be a U.S. senator is a testament to the power of the American dream.
Unfortunately, these days that dream is often overlooked in Washington, where Congress too often looks out for the interests of the wealthy and the powerful instead of the working people.
What Iowans deserve in their next U.S. senator is someone who will stand up for an economy that works for everyone — not just millionaires, billionaires and big corporations.
That’s why Iowans should elect Bruce Braley to take my place.
Union members turning out the vote to protect important issues
Des Moines – Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, announced today that their program, which began in August, is well on track to complete over hundreds of volunteer shifts and reached over tens of thousands of voters before election day.
“This election is very important to our members. We are running a great program and our brothers and sisters knocking on doors all over Iowa, are making the difference,” said Sagar. “Iowa is a very important state and we are doing everything we can to get our labor endorsed candidates elected.”
“Our staff and volunteers are walking neighborhoods and talking to voters one-on-one about our issues,” said Charlie Wishman Secretary/Treasurer of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. “We care about all Iowa working families and we are working hard to encourage union members to exercise their right to vote. ”
Iowa AFL-CIO volunteers across the state say that most people they talk with know how important this election is for Iowa’s working families.
Posted: 29 Oct 2014 09:43 AM PDT
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and break down stereotypes about domestic violence.
Domestic violence knows no cultural or economic barriers. According to the Iowa Attorney General’s office, each year more than 24,000 victims of domestic violence in Iowa get help. To meet the need, the Legislature approved an additional $4 million in 2013 to enhance services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Attorney General’s Victim Services Support Program staff recently told legislators how those dollars are being spent. More than 100 additional advocates have been hired to help survivors throughout the state. Halfway through fiscal year 2014, 42 percent more survivors of domestic violence were served.
For further information on domestic violence and programs to help victims, go to www.icadv.org.
During the first two years of the U.S.-Korea “free trade” agreement, the United States’ agricultural exports to Korea fell, Korean imports of automobiles soared and the trade deficit exploded 50 percent. Using the official U.S. government export-to-job ratio, the huge increase in the trade deficit since the Korea deal went into effect represents the loss of more than 50,000 U.S. jobs.
Some Iowans might be surprised to learn that the agreement is a job-killing flop given that state Republicans have attacked Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley for voting against it. Every Iowa congressional Democrat joined Braley in voting no.
But, the real question is why did every Republican in the state’s congressional delegation support it?
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The Cost of Living in Iowa Strengthening Pathways to the Middle Class: The Role of Work Supports Make a few cents more per hour, or add hours or a second job, and you might just find you have fewer resources … Continue reading
Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers “in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns” to try to catch them using drugs – 1986
The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a supplemental complaint with the FEC against numerous Republican political campaigns and state parties, in addition to Data Trust, the RNC, American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, and i360, alleging … Continue reading
As they’ve watched the race to replace Iowa’s 30-year U.S. senator, Tom Harkin, turn into a schoolyard taunting session about pigs, chickens and who is the more dedicated Sunday school teacher, Iowa voters can take cold comfort in the fact that … it could be worse.
They could live in Kentucky, where Democrat Alison Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell have been fighting over how to hold a rifle correctly.
They could live in Alaska, where Republican Dan Sullivan and Democrat Mark Begich and have been fighting over how to ride snowmobiles correctly.
Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners. They were outraged over Goto’s work on behalf of agricultural workers and because he opened a general store that competed with the owners’ own company store – 1889
Wall Street crashes—”Black Tuesday”—throwing the world’s economy into a years-long crisis including an unemployment rate in the U.S. that by 1933 hit nearly 25 percent – 1929
Senator Charles Grassley recently criticized some civic-action organizations for protesting Burger King’s planned shift of its corporate address to Canada in order to avoid paying its fair share of taxes here in the U.S.
His comments are troubling for two reasons.
First, he’s flip-flopping. Grassley in 2002 introduced a bill to crack down on corporate tax inversions like the one currently planned by Burger King. And now he’s now defending them.