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“2018 session poses threat to Iowa retirees”

ADVANCE  1 PM, Room 116   MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 “2018 session poses threat to Iowa retirees”  SPEAKERS  State of Iowa Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald  Senator Matt McCoy, member of the Iowa Legislature’s Public Retirement Systems Committee  The two statehouse leaders will express concerns that … Continue reading

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IPERS’ unfunded pension liabilities rise to nearly $7 billion

The unfunded liability of Iowa’s largest public employees’ pension fund has increased to almost $7 billion amid recent actuarial changes that reflect lowered expectations for future investment gains, according to a report issued Thursday. The changes are one factor behind higher contribution rates for the Iowa Public … Continue reading

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Join the movement!

Did you know… Women make up 51% of Iowa’s population, but only 12.9% of the state House and 16.19% of the state Senate… Iowa has never had a female congressperson nor a female Democratic senator… Have you been wanting to … Continue reading

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Labor leader Tefere Gebre awarded Peace Prize

 Tefere Gebre with Fr. Sean McManus WASHINGTON – Tefere Gebre, a stalwart of the cause of organized labor, was given a “Roving Ambassador for Peace” award in a ceremony, near Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Gebre, a native of Ethiopia, is an … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: from the preamble to the American Federation of Labor’s founding document: “A struggle is going on in all of the civilized world between oppressors and oppressed of all countries, between capitalist and laborer…” December 09 Ratification … Continue reading

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Trump Administration SCOTUS Brief Threatens Working People’s Livelihoods

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Trump administration’s brief to the Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME: While President Trump boasts his support for working families, his administration is advocating a position in the United States Supreme Court … Continue reading

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New Iowa IDs are In the Mail December 7, 2017 – Laurie Stern, Public News Service (IA)

DES MOIES, Iowa — The Iowa Secretary of State wants 123,000 voters to be on the lookout for a special envelope coming in the mail in the next few days. Voter ID cards are being mailed to Iowans who do not … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Get Covered: Weekend of Action

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There are just 10 days left before the December 15 deadline for getting health coverage for 2018. That’s not much time. And we need to make sure that people know that this is their last chance to get coverage form … Continue reading

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Grassley on Trickle-down

From Bryan’s Cross of Gold Speech: “Mr. Carlisle said in 1878 that this was a struggle between the idle holders of idle capital and the struggling masses who produce the wealth and pay the taxes of the country; and my friends, … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Heywood Broun “Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.” December 08 Twenty-five unions found the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in Columbus, Ohio; … Continue reading

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Wasted on Grassley’s Salary

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Movies, Women and Booze – A Grassley Christmas

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Isaac Myers “American citizenship is a complete failure if [black workers are] proscribed from the workshops of this country.”  Myers was the founding president of the Colored National Labor Union  December 07 Heywood Broun born in … Continue reading

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Careful backpedaling on estate tax, Senator

Contrast Senator Grassley’s current statements with his 2005 thought that “it’s a little unseemly” to suggest repealing the estate tax “at a time when people are suffering.” The tax bill promises suffering. One of the problems with backpedaling is if … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle on this date in 1999, declaring, “No deal is better than a bad deal.” December 06 African-American delegates meet in Washington, … Continue reading

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IAMAW Machinist Local 1010 Christmas Party

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IAMAW Machinist Local 1010 Christmas Party at the Machinist Hall in Middletown, Iowa on Sunday, December 4, 2017. Christmas Cookie decorating and Christmas Coloring, Christmas Goodie Sacks, and photographs with dear Ol’ Santa Claus, and photo’s with Christmas Props were … Continue reading

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What happened in Congress last week was shameful, but the fight is not over yet.

At 1:30 AM Saturday, after less than 2 weeks of consideration and debate, 51 Senate Republicans voted to give whopping tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Their plan will cause the deficit to explode and trigger $25 billion in cuts … Continue reading

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Call Now about the Tax Bill

  Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to the Republican tax bill passing the Senate: The GOP tax bill that passed the Senate by one vote is nothing but an attack on America’s workers. We will pay more, … Continue reading

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Progress Iowa Calls on Grassley To Apologize

Des Moines, Iowa — After voting at nearly 2:00 Saturday morning to raise taxes on working families in order to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, Senator Chuck Grassley justified his vote in part by stating “I think not having the estate … Continue reading

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Fort Dodge Legislative Tour

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