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Midwest Women Workers

Midwest Women Workers:  “Women Rising” The last day to register is Friday, June 23. Hurry & register before it’s too late!  REGISTER TODAY DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE DRAFT CONFERENCE AGENDA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

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Tax Cuts Popular; The Consequences Aren’t – Iowa Starting Line

Iowa has had a peek at our future, but too few people have noticed. And that’s unfortunate. In case you missed the headlines last week, moderate Republicans in the Kansas Legislature finally became fed up with the fiscal mess created … Continue reading

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ACA repeal plans jeopardize health care gains in Iowa

As Senate builds legislation in secret, House approach hits Iowa hard   IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 22, 2017) — Proposed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) jeopardizes Iowa’s recent health coverage gains and puts the state’s most vulnerable residents … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: writer Karin Lowachee “Society has made it so I have to get paid in order to do basic things like eat and be indoors and not be naked. Once that’s happened, morality’s bound to get slippery.” June 23 … Continue reading

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The Working Families Summit Is Needed Now More Than Ever After Recent Legislative Attacks On Iowa’s Workers

By Eva McBride      Iowa, along with 21 other states is stuck at a minimum wage of exactly the Federal minimum wage of $7.25.  Not only that but any municipality or locality in the state of Iowa who wanted to raise … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: George Meany “It is quite evident to me that the present Tweedledee and Tweedledum two-party system and its virtues are greatly overrated.” Meany was an American labor union leader for 57 years. He was the key … Continue reading

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Legislators to host discussion about “Medicaid for All” proposal for Iowa health insurance mess Wednesday at 6 PM

(Des Moines)  State Senator  Matt McCoy and State Representative John Forbes invite the public to a public discussion of their “Medicaid for All” solution to Iowa’s health insurance mess.  The goal is to ensure that every Iowan has access to … Continue reading

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IOWA SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS JOIN WITH IOWANS TO TELL SENATORS GRASSLEY AND ERNST: DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR HEALTH CARE

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  The Main Street Alliance of Iowa will host a press conference to talk about how small business, farmers, the self-employed – virtually all Iowans – will be hurt by health care repeal.  They will be joined by retirees, health … Continue reading

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Closing the books — why real math matters

Now that ​Governor Branstad has left office, the latest (and preliminary) job numbers are in, and they effectively close the books on the goal. We did not come close. Through six years and four months, Iowa jobs stood little over … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Evelyn Dubrow, the lobbyist for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, who died on this date in 2006. Evy Dubrow, who said: “Lobbyists tend to work for, or even become, fat cats. Well, I’m not. And I don’t. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow: Iowans To Call on Sen. Grassley To Stop ‘Blue Slip Blues’

Iowans To Sing ‘Blue Slip Blues’ Outside Grassley’s Des Moines Office To Encourage Judiciary Chair To Confirm Support Of Senate Tradition He Has Supported In The Past DES MOINES — Iowans will call on Senator Grassley to uphold the ‘blue slip’ process … Continue reading

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Please come to an organizational meeting for Iowans for Public Education’s Central Iowa groups. We will give an update on the organization and our goals and then talk about this regional group’s structure and invite people to get involved. All … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Iowa jobs rebound in May

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Jobless rate stable at 3.1 percent; state drops bogus job tally IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 16, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs rose in May as the unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: 1937 Women’s Day Massacre (see Labor History, below) “When I got there I thought the Great War had started over again,” ​one union organizer later recalled. “Gas was flying all over the place and shots flying and flares … Continue reading

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Dubuque-Area Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Keep Their Union

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 Dubuque, IA – Nurses at Finley Hospital in Dubuque voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to keep their union so they could continue to have a voice on the job, beating back management’s aggressive union-busting campaign. “We came together to stand up for … Continue reading

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GOVERNOR, THIS ISN’T HOW YOU GET A FRESH START

It’s too early to know, three weeks into her tenure as Iowa’s chief executive, whether Gov. Kim Reynolds will be much different from Gov. Terry Branstad. It’s too early to know whether she will approach issues from a different perspective. … Continue reading

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Labor History

The legendary Mets pitcher, who said during the 1981 strike that “The owners are taking a very destructive position; it’s very disturbing. If they are trying to alienate the players, they are doing a good job.” June 16 Eight local unions … Continue reading

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Midwest School for Women Workers: “Women Rising”

Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20 Madison, Wisconsin  The Midwest School for Women Workers brings working women together to develop leadership skills, understand the challenges and issues facing the labor movement, and learn from one another. Participants attend core skill-building … Continue reading

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

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The Asian & Latino Coalition is sponsoring a Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the UAW Local 450, located at 4589 NW 6th Dr., Des Moines. A candidate reception will … Continue reading

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