Here is your December 19 Friday Alert: ARA

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Federal Budget Agreement, Obama Signs it into Law After a day of drama and partisan wrangling, the Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday to send a government funding bill to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 20 Delegates to the AFL convention in Salt Lake City endorse a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote – 1899 The first group of 15 Filipino plantation workers recruited by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association arrive … Continue reading

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The Case for Postal Banking

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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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7 Reasons Fast Track Is Off Track

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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

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King and Ernst on craziest politician list

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!

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Labor History

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

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New Northwest Iowa Labor Council Officers

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 atulocal779@gmail.com, 712-898-4915.

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Iowa officials, unions begin closed-door contract talks

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.

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You Can’t Pick Your Family: Surviving Holiday Stress

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

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The Register’s Editorial: Obamacare delivers what conservatives want

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.

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Supporters, opponents turn out for Story County pipeline meeting

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South Central Holiday Baskets 2014

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BUY UNION MADE GIFTS THIS HOLIDAY

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An economic agenda for America

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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2015 Iowa Federation of Labor Legislative Conference

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February 16-17, 2015, Prairie Meadows, Skinner Ballroom, Altoona. IA Click here for schedule and registration form       Hotel Link

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Next Up Young Workers Summit

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.

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Iowa Federation of Labor Per capita info

Click here to get IFL Per capita booklet and info

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Lee County Craft Vendor Show

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.”

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Wall Street’s Revenge

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.

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