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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation every mine and every mill; fleets … Continue reading

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House of Representatives Votes to Have Seniors Subsidize the Wealthiest 1%

Statement by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the House vote on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”  “The bill the House approved today hurts older Americans now and in the future. “Eliminating the medical … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: DeMaurice Smith “No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights.  No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human … Continue reading

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AFSCME appeals lawsuit challenging collective Iowa bargaining law

Iowa’s largest union for public employees has filed an appeal in a case challenging the state’s new law sharply limiting collective bargaining rights. The suit, filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 in … Continue reading

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Vote no one Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Why Courts Matter Iowa Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Leonard Steven Grasz’s Nomination

[Des Moines]— On October 30, representatives of the American Bar Association released a statement unanimously deeming federal judicial nominee Leonard Steven Grasz “not qualified”. Grasz is the third nominee since 1989 to receive this rating unanimously, and the previous two were not … Continue reading

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GOP Bill is a Job Killer

Republicans in the House are set to vote on a terrible tax bill this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow. Despite claims that this tax plan will help the middle class, nothing could be further from the truth. The GOP tax … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Samuel Gompers “To effect any good by our Unions, we must bring all elements working in our trade into one Organization, for the wrongs heaped upon one element today are merely the precursor for another to … Continue reading

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Please join us this Thursday as working women and men, faith and community groups across the United States show solidarity with those workers and take a stand against corporate greed.

Last year Mondelēz International chose to ship more than 600 good jobs making popular snacks, like Oreos, to Salinas, Mexico. Please join us this Thursday as working women and men, faith and community groups across the United States show solidarity with those … Continue reading

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Expand, Don’t Cut Des Moines’ Postal Services

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by Mike Bates and Mark Dimondstein The public Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide … Continue reading

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Senate tax plan: More debt, more inequity, more pain

Like House bill, Senate plan stacks the deck against services and opportunity IOWA CITY, Iowa (Nov. 14, 2017) — Senate Republicans’ new tax proposal in Washington carries many of the same problems of equity and fiscal irresponsibility of the House … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Rose Schneiderman “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist.” November 15 Founding convention of the Federation of Trades and Labor Unions is held in Pittsburgh. It urges enactment of … Continue reading

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Statement by ISEA president Tammy Wawro on Notice of Appeal

 “The ISEA today appealed Iowa Fifth Judicial District Judge Michael Huppert’s denial for summary judgement. “We will continue fighting hard for our members to ensure that they receive the same rights and privileges enjoyed by other employees. We will also … Continue reading

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ISEA member selected as 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Statement from ISEA President Tammy Wawro on ISEA member selected as 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year DES MOINES, IA (11/08/2017) (readMedia)– The Iowa State Education Association is proud that one of our own, Ames High School chemistry teacher, and … Continue reading

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Retirees Troubled by Choice of Alex Azar to Lead HHS

Trump appears to be putting a fox in charge of the henhouse The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding the announcement that President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar, a … Continue reading

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25 Ways Iowa Republicans Voted Against Veterans

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2017 legislative session included votes cast against veterans’ rights as workers, access to quality health care, and more Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa today released a new research report, 25 Ways Iowa Republicans voted against veterans. The report examines votes … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Bob Wages “Karen Silkwood risked her life because she cared about her fellow workers. Because of what she did the companies were forced to make many changes that protect workers’ lives and health to this day.” … Continue reading

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Progressives Pick Up Important Local Seats In Iowa’s Municipal Races – Iowa Starting Line

Iowans went to the polls yesterday in municipal races for city council and mayoral seats around the state, the second big election date since the 2016 election. Enthusiasm for local campaigns have been up in Democratic circles since Donald Trump’s … Continue reading

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IPP is hiring

We are seeking a research associate to focus on policy analysis on budget and tax issues, with particular emphasis on economically vulnerable Iowans. This is a tremendous opportunity for an energetic researcher with strong skills in analysis and communication at a time Iowa families … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt “How are we constructing the edifice of recovery? — the temple which, when completed, will no longer be a temple of money changers or of beggars, but rather a temple dedicated to and … Continue reading

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