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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Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

There’s a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa — one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. In the 21st century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is.

The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi: It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor.

Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a race in which the role of female voters is central.

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The Register’s Editorial: Pat Murphy’s leadership needed in Congress

IMG_9347Pat Murphy has never served in Congress, but his 24 years of service in the Iowa Legislature have provided voters with a clear indication of who he is and what he stands for.

The Dubuque Democrat, who has served as speaker of the Iowa House, has had a hand in raising Iowa’s minimum wage, providing health care coverage to 40,000 Iowa children and increasing teacher salaries.

He has also worked to block Republican efforts to chip away at abortion rights and to add a gay-marriage ban to the Iowa Constitution.

What could voters in 1st Congressional District expect from Murphy if he is elected to the U.S. House?

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11 Great Reasons to Vote

By Liz Shuler We’re just a few weeks away from an incredibly important election. The votes people cast Nov. 4 will shape our future and our children’s. I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 22
Bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a “Sagebrush Robin Hood,” stealing from banks and sharing some of the proceeds with the poor – 1934

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Labor Movement Mobilizes Latino Working Families Ahead of Midterm Elections

  Latinos in key battleground states rally around worker-friendly candidates   (Washington, DC, Tuesday, October 21, 2014) – With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, the AFL-CIO is increasing its mobilization efforts to reach out to Latinos voters in … Continue reading

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Minimum wage issue could hurt Ernst

By Hugh Espey, executive director of the Iowa CCI Action Fund   A recent poll of likely Iowa voters [conducted Oct. 10-12] could spell trouble for Joni Ernst in her bid for the U.S. Senate.   It found Iowans support raising … Continue reading

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This isn’t the Iowa woman we should elect

ernst palin 2014As a state senator last year, Joni Ernst voted against expanding Medicaid eligibility to include a family of four with an income below $32,000 a year. She lost. That same session, the Red Oak Republican now seeking election to the U.S. Senate, voted not to raise the state’s earned income tax credit for the working poor. That would apply to an unmarried person without children making below $14,600 a year.

To complete the trifecta, she rejects increasing the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. But Ernst, a supporter of low taxes, went farther. She voted against giving tax credits to farmers who donate to food banks for the hungry.

One can rationalize such stinginess toward the low income if there were a commitment to help them get better jobs. But the senator also voted against funding community colleges to provide workforce training, adult education and literacy. And she opposes federally-backed student loans.

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Bruce Braley is best choice for U.S. Senate

Bruce Braley is best choice for U.S. Senate

Iowa well-served by bipartisan tradition

Published: October 19 2014 | 12:25 am in Staff Editorials,

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (center) talks with Alliant Energy’s Senior Vice President – Operations Support and President, Interstate Power and Light Company Tom Aller (right) as he tours the CRANDIC railroad bridge over the Cedar River on Monday, March 24, 2014, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Braley concluded his state-wide Iowa Works Tour at the bridge to highlight Iowans’ hard work, the need for policies to strengthen the middle class. The bridge was rebuilt after an earlier one was destroyed in the Flood of 2008. Jeff Woods Markting Manager at Alliant Energy is at left. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

For nearly 30 years, Iowa has been represented in the U.S. Senate by Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat, and Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican.

Looking in from the outside, that may seem odd. How can one state elect two senators with such differing views on a wide range of issues? But for those of us who live in this purple swing state, home to the hotly contested first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and two strong political parties that routinely battle it out in close elections, we see a split that fits our landscape.

Much of Harkin’s and Grassley’s success can be attributed to the fact that both senators, although dedicated partisans, repeatedly have shown Iowans a pragmatic side that’s appealing to voters beyond their respective parties. Although both senators have been at the center of highly partisan fights over the years, each also has had many moments when they bucked their parties’ agenda to stand up for what’s best for Iowa.

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