Raising the Minimum Wage Would Take at Least 1.7 Million Workers Off Public Assistance and Reduce Safety Net Spending by at Least $7.6 Billion a Year

Washington, DC | Oct 16, 2014 The value of the minimum wage has been so severely eroded by inflation that businesses today are paying minimum wage workers 25 percent less than they were in the 1960s. Policymakers’ failure to raise … Continue reading

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Put the Middle Class First Bus Stops In Iowa

The National ‘Put the Middle Class First’ Bus Tour Make Four Stops in Iowa, Joined by Gov. Candidate Jack Hatch, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Congressional Candidates Staci Appel and Pat Murphy 18-State Tour to Underscore Clear Choice Voters Face in … Continue reading

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Democrats call for minimum wage hike to ‘put middle class first’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Democratic candidates didn’t let a little rain stop their campaign efforts Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, lieutenant governor candidate Monica Vernon and U.S. House candidate Pat Murphy stood in the rain for a half hour to deliver a message about raising the minimum wage and rebuilding the middle class.

Standing under an umbrella and surrounded by wet, shivering staff and campaign volunteers, Vernon called the outdoor news conference at Tomahawk Park in northeast Cedar Rapids “the greatest venue of all.”

“We’re on the edge of a wonderful middle class neighborhood” not far from shuttered industrial plants where former generations could find middle class jobs. Those middle class workers, she said, “held up the sky for Cedar Rapids.”

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Raise the Wage Iowa

Raise the Wage Iowa “Working Iowans can’t wait any longer.  While corporate profits and CEO salaries skyrocket, the minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25 an hour, well below the poverty line. We need to raise the minimum wage so that … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 15 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as “Labor’s Magna Carta”—establishing that unions are not “conspiracies” under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In the years … Continue reading

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It’s the Senate, Stupid!

By International President Michael Goodwin In 1992, political strategist James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” for Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaign against sitting President George H. W. Bush. Bush’s approval rating fell from a high of more … Continue reading

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Senator Joni Ernst broke her promise to support Iowa mental health reforms and skipped meetings; then claimed credit in U.S. Senate debate

Two Iowa state senators today said that as a state senator, Joni Ernst broke her promise to Iowans to help pass significant state mental health reforms, reforms intended in part to help prevent Iowa school shootings.   In last Saturday’s … Continue reading

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Put the Middle Class First Bus Stops In Iowa

The National ‘Put the Middle Class First’ Bus Tour to Make Four Stops in Iowa, To Be Joined by Gov. Candidate Jack Hatch, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Congressional Candidates Staci Appel and Pat Murphy 18-State Tour to Underscore Clear Choice … Continue reading

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Labor Walks for Ooctober 14 – 20

Labor Walks

Walks are available during the week at 2000 Walker , Des Moines, and 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids – these walk will be 11am – 2 pm; and 2 pm – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Call 515-262-9571 for Des Moines info and 563-299-3004 for Cedar Rapids info. Iowa City Walks – Monday – Friday starting at 5 pm. 940 S Gilbert Court.

October 14: : Quad Cities Phone Bank @ UA Hall  4600  46th Ave Rock Island  5-8PM Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196

October 15: Wednesday 10 AM – 7 PM Davenport – Labor to Labor Walk -  UFCW 431 2411 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport – Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196

October 18: SCIFL Walk. 2000 Walker, Suite A, Des Moines.

October 18: Fort Madison Labor Walk – Meet at Newberry Center. Noon to 3 pm. 728 1/2 Avenue G. RSVP to Carrie Duncan 319-850-0407

October 19: Iowa City Walks – noon to 2 pm; 2 pm – 4 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. Pick up packets at 940 S Gilbert Court. Patrick 319-430-3237

October 20 Clinton. 5 PM. 224 22nd Place, Clinton, Iowa Tracy Leone at 309-738-3196 or Dave Keefer 309-788-4569

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Branstad’s Secret Settlements

Most Iowans have heard the Branstad Administration secretly paid out settlements to certain laid off state employees and, in some cases, paid “hush money” to keep things secret.   But did you know that, according to Iowa’s State Auditor, there … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 13 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany – 1934 More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on October 10th $10.10 Minimum Wage Push

  October 8, 2014   Raising wages will be a driving force at the polls in the approaching midterm elections. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that will make a difference in the real world – … Continue reading

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A GRIM PICTURE–MINIMUM WAGE

  by Mary Ann Ahrens, West Des Moines, Iowa   We hear much talk about growing Iowa and increasing our economic development base. We know that, in order to grow Iowa and recruit new business, one must have a trained … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Astronomical Prices of Some Cancer Drugs Hit Vulnerable Patients Hard 60 Minutes reported last Sunday on the high price of cancer drugs in the U.S. Lesley Stahl’s piece shed light on the fact that Medicare has to pay the price … Continue reading

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Iowa Dems: Joni Ernst Embraces Risky Social Security Proposals, Calls Privatization a ‘Solution’

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 6 — The Iowa Democratic Party issued the following news release:

No matter how hard she tries, Joni Ernst can’t hide from her risky positions on privatizing Social Security, raising the retirement age, and giving massive windfalls to Wall Street banks.

Over the weekend, Joni Ernst wrote in an op-ed in the Sioux City Journal suggesting that Iowans who currently aren’t seniors will see changes their benefits. She has repeatedly called (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llm43avdtE0&feature=youtu.be) for the privatization of Social Security, which would gamble Iowan retirees’ savings on Wall Street, undermine the program for retirees and remove the Social Security guarantee for younger workers. In August, Ernst also said she would have to “look into” raising the Social Security retirement age. Ernst has also supported plans that would transform Medicare as we know it and pave the way for Medicare vouchers, increasing costs for retirees.
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EXCLUSIVE: Iowa Senate shocker — contracts awarded to Joni Ernst’s father raise conflict of interest questions

A construction company owned by GOP Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst’s father received more than $200,000 in county contracts while she served as auditor of Montgomery County, Iowa, despite a strict conflict of interest code governing the provision of contracts to family members of county officials.

A new review of records — as well as an analysis of the Code of Iowa — by Salon reveals that the nature of the contracts and how they were promulgated, may have violated relevant county standards.

Ernst is facing Democratic congressman Bruce Braley in a neck-and-neck race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show it as too close to call (with several polls finding Ernst with a small lead). Given the volatility of several Senate races this cycle, this particular campaign could potentially help decide which party controls the Senate.

Ernst was elected Montgomery County auditor in 2004, serving in that role until her 2011 election to the state Senate seat she currently holds. Among the duties a county auditor “may perform,” according to the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, are issuing contract bid notices and soliciting and receiving contract proposals. Minutes from an April 2007 Montgomery County Supervisors meeting – printed in the Red Oak Express – note Ernst’s involvement in county contracts, stating that Ernst would “work [the] issue” of advertising bids for a roofing project in the county.

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Wrongly fired state employee will get $263K

Taxpayers will reimburse a wrongly fired Iowa government employee whose coworkers lied under oath to oust him at least $263,400, a decision made public today shows.
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Included in the reimbursements to Ken Morrow is $8,000 for the loss he had to sell his home at in June because he could no longer make mortgage payments.

The state will also reimburse Morrow nearly $9,000 in moving expenses; $28,622 for health care premiums and almost $2,300 for supplemental Medicare health coverage costs his wife had to purchase because they were kicked off of the state employee health plan.

Morrow was reinstated to a maintenance manager position in July.

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Know your Voting Rights

The ACLU of Iowa has put together updated public materials on how to vote and information about basic voting rights in Iowa. These materials reflect recent changes in state voting laws and are excellent to share through social media, on … Continue reading

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FACT CHECK:

 Young Runs From Anti-Senior Agenda Republican Denies Record of Attacks on Retirement Security INDIANOLA – Republican candidate for Congress, Washington insider David Young (R-Van Meter) continued to mislead seniors on his reckless stances on Medicare and Social Security during tonight’s 3rd Congressional District … Continue reading

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