AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “Colombia Continues to Deny Basic Labor Rights, Must Continue Labor Action Plan”

  October 24, 2014   “The 2011 Labor Action Plan (LAP) was agreed to by the U.S. and Colombian governments as a requirement for implementing the free trade agreement between the two countries.  While the trade agreement has gone into … Continue reading

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ARA REPORT

Social Security Benefits will Increase by 1.7% in 2015 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced on Wednesday. The Social Security Act ties … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Amending the Constitution isn’t ‘simply a statement’

n a country that prides itself on personal freedom, politicians still think they should have a say in whether a woman continues or terminates her pregnancy. The issue of abortion always surfaces in political debates, and the recent U.S. Senate debate in Indianola between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst was no exception.

In response to a question about federal laws and funding related to abortion, Braley directed attention to his opponent. “What I won’t do is support the type of legislation that Sen. Ernst introduced in Iowa” that he said would have prevented certain forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization and resulted in the prosecution of doctors.

Braley was referring to Senate Joint Resolution 10, which proposed amending the Iowa Constitution with what has come to be called a “personhood” amendment. The resolution stated, “The inalienable right to life of every person at any stage of development shall be recognized and protected.”

Ernst was among 21 lawmakers who supported the resolution last year. The proposed amendment stalled.

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Statewide Blitz for Challenger Hatch

With less than two weeks before the election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is introducing himself to voters across the state.

 

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One recent day on the campaign trail started in the southeast Iowa town of Albia.   Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge hosted a house party for Senator Hatch.

“There aren’t a lot of votes in Albia,” Judge says.  “But we do want to introduce him to as many of our friends and neighbors as we can so people know who he is, that he is a real person.”

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Buying Iowa Elections

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Bad math, good math — and Iowa jobs

Those 31 points the Iowa Hawkeyes scored last Saturday were something, huh? It sure feels better when you don’t include Maryland’s 38 points. And that’s the way Governor Branstad counts jobs. Enough with the bad math, and let’s talk about … Continue reading

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Union Endorsed Candidates

The Iowa Federation of Labor and the Central Labor Councils believe that these candidates are the best choice for Iowa’s Working Families.   We at the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, realize that voting is a deeply personal matter, and … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 24
The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier – 1940

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Union Sportsman Alliance Wants You

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More than six million active and retired AFL-CIO union members hunt, fish or shoot. Collectively, they make up the largest constituency of sportsmen and sportswomen in North America, and over 250,000 of them belong to Union Sportsman Alliance Union Sportsman … Continue reading

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Endorsement: Loebsack has earned another House term

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack has served parts of eastern and southeast Iowa in Congress for four terms. In that time he has worked hard on issues he cares deeply about, including giving a fair shake to veterans, improving job training and providing opportunities for middle class families.

The Iowa City Democrat’s party has been in the minority for the past four years, yet he won bipartisan support for legislation aimed at closing the gap between workers’ skills and employers’ needs. And he has cast votes on the right side on key issues, including voting for the Affordable Care Act and against the across-the-board federal budget cuts. Yet, he has not reflexively backed the Obama administration, parting company on proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations of agricultural dust and kids working on farms.

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AFL-CIO Worker’s Voice PAC on Air in Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin

  (Washington, DC, 10/22/14) With high stakes elections coming down to the wire across the country, the labor movement is going up on radio and TV in support of working family candidates.  The ads will build on the effective grassroots … Continue reading

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Jack Hatch calls Branstad lawyer joke “offensive and sickening”

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch upbraided Gov. Terry Branstad for telling an unpleasant joke about the deadly issue of farm safety. In a statement Hatch said “a governor should be focused on promoting farm safety during harvest … Continue reading

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Iowa Battles Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as women across Iowa are reminded that early detection can save lives. Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr. October 22, 2014 DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s estimated that the chance of a woman developing breast … Continue reading

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Update: Iowans protest Burger King inversion

About 15 Iowans rallied outside of a Des Moines Burger King Tuesday to protest the company’s plans to move its headquarters to Canada.

“Americans don’t like being pushed around by kings, whether they wear a real crown or are shilling burgers and fries.” said Andrew Rasmussen, president of the Des Moines Education Association. “Let’s let these corporations know, they aren’t royalty. They are part of the community and they need to start paying their fair share.”

The protesters held the rally outside of a Burger King restaurant at the corner of Second Avenue and University Avenue.

They spoke against Burger King’s plan to undergo a “corporate inversion,” which is when a company buys a foreign business and then moves its headquarters to that new country.

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Major Embarrassment

It is fun to watch state Sen. Joni Ernst driving in her latest ad. She is driving in the middle of the road now.

When she was running in the GOP primary, she was so far to the right that she was down in the ditch with Steve King. Shooting a hand gun in biker gear, talking personhood amendment, arresting doctors, nullification of federal law, and doing away with the EPA, the minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Education, Pell Grants.

Now she is trying to back away from all that nutty stuff that plays well in King’s district. But, she is running to replace a great senator, Tom Harkin, who represented all Iowans. Bruce Braley will carry on Harkin’s commitment. Don’t be fooled. Vote for Braley so we won’t have two major embarrassing members of Congress.

— Doug Kingsbury, New Virginia IBEW 204

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Labor History

October 23 President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a fact-finding commission that suspends a nine-months-long strike by Western Pennsylvania coal miners fighting for better pay, shorter workdays and union recognition.  The strikers ended up winning more pay for fewer hours, but failed … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Job Numbers Inching Forward

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Slow Pace, But Increases in 7 of 8 Months IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 21, 2014) — The Iowa Policy Project released this statement from Research Associate Heather Gibney regarding the September job numbers provided today by Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Calls for Action on Ebola

 

(Washington, DC, October, 21, 2014) – Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote to President Obama and House and Senate Congressional leaders calling for The President to take executive action to put in place mandatory standards to protect health care workers and other workers from exposure to the Ebola virus. The letters also call on the Congress to work jointly with the Administration and to provide whatever support that is needed through funding and legislation to see that these protections are put in place without delay.

 

Letter to President Obama

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1GF_14XMVZ_a1NJNzhCQ3hlTlE/view?usp=sharing

 

Letter to House Leaders

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1GF_14XMVZ_QUMxem9mcWE3Snc/view?usp=sharing

 

Letter to Senate Leaders

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1GF_14XMVZ_bHNLTjMxUDdEaUU/view?usp=sharing

 

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“Vote your job, lobby your interest.”

By Ken Sagar, President Iowa Federation of Labor There is an old saying goes something like, “Vote your job, lobby your interest.” What we need is to get our members to engage in the political process. We need to make … Continue reading

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I’m someone who will work for working families, not the rich

There’s a lot wrong with Congress today — too much gridlock and too little compromise. When it does act, Congress too often looks out for the interests of the wealthy, the powerful and the well-connected — like the billionaire Koch brothers and Big Oil — instead of working families like the one I grew up in here in Iowa.

Rather than an economy that works for the rich and big corporations, we need an economy that works for everyone — that will be my priority if I’m elected as U.S. Senator.

I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa. My father was a World War II veteran who managed a grain elevator and sold insurance. Mom worked as a teacher.

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