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The Postal Service Already Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked Web News Article #: 233-2014 12/16/2014 – By APWU President Mark Dimondstein A response to “The Case Against Postal Banking,” posted by Kevin Drum on Nov. 12, 2014 Kevin Drum … Continue reading
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During the secret discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, extreme corporate interests are pushing for a Fast Track process that would not only hurt working families in the United States, but in the other countries involved in any … Continue reading
Click here to read the GQ article Iowa’s Steve King and new Senator Joni Ernst made the list of America’s craziest politicians. Go Figure!
December 17 Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996 December 18 General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands … Continue reading
Earlier this week, the delegates of the Northwest Iowa Labor Council elected officers.
The Officers are: President -Rick Scott(ATU 779) Vice President – Jim Marshall (ATU 779); Treasurer – Mike Peters Jr. (AFSCME 3006); Recording Secretary – Liz Ford (UFCW 222).
The E-Board Members are: John Hamm(Plumbers & Steamfitters 33), John Meyers (UFCW 222), Amy Barysch(CWA 7103), Todd Trobaugh(CWA 7177), Bruce Chervek(Laborers 620) and Paula Steig (BCTGM 433).
You may contact President Scott at email@example.com, 712-898-4915.
DES MOINES | Talks between state and union negotiators aimed at hammering out new two-year labor contracts covering state employees have moved behind closed doors.
In the last open session Tuesday before private discussions begin in January, state officials offered a 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for each of the next two fiscal years Monday to members of the Iowa United Professionals bargaining unit. Earlier this month they had requested higher compensation levels under a new contract that would take effect next July 1.
“We tried to give a fair proposal to IUP for them to consider and we’ll see what happens in negotiations,” said Janet Phipps, director of the state Department of Administrative Services who is leading the state negotiating team.
Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: While many holiday movies portray fun and meaningful family gatherings, that ust isn’t the reality for everyone. Photo credit: Dagny Mol/Flickr. DES MOINES, Iowa – While the holidays are a happy time for many, … Continue reading
Republicans have dedicated considerable energy to criticizing or trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the spirit of getting a fresh start with a new Congress, they should take an honest look at how Obamacare is working in the real world. Because it looks like a plan crafted by Republicans.
First, it relies heavily on private-sector insurance companies to deliver coverage to Americans. This is a model long supported by conservatives who oppose any type of “government” insurance. Only private plans are offered in exchanges created by the law. (This is because Democrats abandoned a “public option” for government insurance in an attempt to win support from congressional Republicans — something they didn’t get.) Also, these plans are frequently subsidized by taxpayers. Funneling public money to private insurers is an idea Republicans continue to support in Medicare.
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting Americans are paying more of their own health care costs. “The trend is being accelerated by the Affordable Care Act because many private plans sold by the law’s health exchanges come with high-deductible health plans,” the paper said.
Conservatives should celebrate.
The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?
Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class or do we continue to slide into oligarchy? Those are the most important questions of our time. The answers will determine our country’s future.
The deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the 2008 Wall Street crash, has resulted in more wealth and income inequality than any other major country. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world.
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February 16-17, 2015, Prairie Meadows, Skinner Ballroom, Altoona. IA Click here for schedule and registration form Hotel Link
The AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit will be held MArch 19-22, 2015 in Chicago, IL. This will be held at the Chicago Hilton, 720 South Michigan Ave. www.nextupsummit.org.
Iowa Federation of Labor web site info.
Lee County Labor Council held a Holiday Craft and Vendor Show, Sunday December 14, at the Labor Temple in Keokuk.
Besides the craft show, there were drawings for money, a bake sales, and food was served.
The proceeds from this event went to the building upkeep of the Labor Temple.
According to Lee County Labor Council President , Buddy Howard, over $550 was raised. “Thanks for all who participated” Said Howard, “Thanks Michelle and Gary for getting the ball rolling.”
On Wall Street, 2010 was the year of “Obama rage,” in which financial tycoons went ballistic over the president’s suggestion that some bankers helped cause the financial crisis. They were also, of course, angry about the Dodd-Frank financial reform, which placed some limits on their wheeling and dealing.
The Masters of the Universe, it turns out, are a bunch of whiners. But they’re whiners with war chests, and now they’ve bought themselves a Congress.
Before I get to specifics, a word about the changing politics of high finance.
This is a list of 50 of Iowa’s makers and shakers for the Democratic presidential caucuses.
They’re people who can get you other people — which is what the presidential caucuses are all about on the Democratic side. Unlike in the GOP caucuses, where each Iowan gets one vote, Democrats hold mini draft parties where they argue for their neighbors to join the team for their candidate. The most charismatic and persuasive activists attract the biggest followings. The groups that are the smallest disband, and their preferred candidate gets no votes.
So for Democratic presidential hopefuls to have a shot in Iowa, they need to know how to play this game of numbers, and that means recruiting Iowans who will give them savvy advice, instant street cred and a bevy of supporters.
The Des Moines Register asked Democratic insiders to identify the people they consider the best gets for the 2016 presidential campaigns, and we got nearly 200 answers.
December 15 AFL convention passes a 1¢ per capita assessment to aid the organization of women workers (Exact date uncertain) – 1913 The Kansas National Guard is called out to subdue from 2,000 to 6,000 protesting women who were going … Continue reading