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Actions speak louder than words.

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This weekend we watched in horror as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, waving Nazi symbols, chanting hateful Nazi slogans, and committing violent acts of terrorism. Their hatred and their violence should be condemned, and has no place in our … Continue reading

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Health Care Forum to be held in Ames

  Health Care Field professionals will be participating in an Ames town hall forum Tuesday, August 15 to discuss health care. The presentation will focus on the impact of potential legislative/administrative changes at both the state and national levels. Those … Continue reading

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Working People Set High Bar for NAFTA Renegotiation

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the first NAFTA renegotiation round: The North American Free Trade Agreement has flat-out failed working people. For more than two decades, NAFTA has damaged communities and lowered wages for working people across North … Continue reading

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Special Election Winner Notes Failure of Transgender Attack Ads

  August 14, 2017 – Kevin Patrick Allen, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window As a Fairfield school board member, Phil Miller voted to allow transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. (martyspittle/Pixabay) FAIRFIELD, Iowa – … Continue reading

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“Speaking of Work”: Look for Iowa Labor History in the UI Mobile Museum this summer! The Labor Center’s “Speaking of Work” exhibit, featuring Iowa labor history and the Iowa Labor History Oral Project, is now touring the state in the … Continue reading

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Senator Flake Busts Estate Tax Myths

Senator Flake Busts Estate Tax Myths | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Republican Senator Jeff Flake busted several myths about estate tax repeal, a central part of both President Trump’s and the House GOP’s tax plans, in a recent … Continue reading

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Alternative license plates — your choice?

Alternative license plates — your choice? – Iowa Policy Points The state of Iowa wants to redecorate Iowans’ vehicles with a new license plate design. And Iowans get a say in it — a public vote is underway on three … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Lech Walesa “He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed.” Walesa co-founded and headed Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Ludwig von Mises “It is labor alone that is productive: it creates wealth and therewith lays the outward foundations for the inward flowering of man.” Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises — 1881-1973 — was an Austrian-American … Continue reading

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Grassley and Ernst Town Hall Meetings

Ernst Town Halls Boone Friday (today) 8/11/17 @ 6:00PM Fareway Education Center, 1215 S Marshall St, Ft. Dodge Monday, 8/14/17 @ 4:30PM Monday, Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N 32nd St, Washington Tuesday, 8/15 17 @ 12:30 PM, Washington High … Continue reading

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Ottumwa – rich with Labor History

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In early May, Southern Iowa Labor Council and South Central Iowa Area Labor Federation, hosted a solidarity event , Working Families Celebration, that drew hundreds of people to march from downtown to a city park where they help an open … Continue reading

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Exciting times at the Union Veterans Council

You may have heard, Will fischer has moved on from the UVC, he’s taken a position at VoteVet. Fischer did an outstanding job in bringing the veterans council to the forefront of the labor movement. William Attig will now take … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Barack Obama “It is wrong that in the United States of America that a teacher or construction worker making $50,000 should pay more (taxes) than someone who makes $50 million.”  August 11 Federal troops drive some … Continue reading

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Quad-City Fed endorses in school board races

The Quad-City Federation of Labor announced Monday its endorsements for the Sept. 12 school board elections in Davenport and Bettendorf. The federation picked three candidates in Davenport. It endorsed a single candidate in Bettendorf. Both school districts will see a robust ballot … Continue reading

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Union Lawyer Warns of Lawsuits on Overtime Pay

Iowa’s largest public employees union is warning of likely legal action after hundreds of government workers lost their overtime rights as of July 1st. Under Iowa’s new collective bargaining law, professional employees who hold 160 different government jobs will no … Continue reading

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Union Made School Supplies

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UI’s current lowest wage for student employees? $8.20

More than half of the 10,000-plus undergraduate student employees at the University of Iowa make less than $10.10 per hour this year, according to data recently released by the university. The $10.10 level represents the local minimum wage for 2017 … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM IOWA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH

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“Congratulations to Dr. Phil Miller on tonight’s decisive victory in Southeast Iowa. Dr. Miller will be a strong voice for the people of his district next session. His victory shows the people of Iowa are tired of divisive politics. They expect us … Continue reading

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WE’RE NOT FOOLS, SENATORS GRASSLEY AND ERNST: MEDICAID IS WORKING

Right now we have a reprieve on behalf of Americans who need and deserve health care. But we know this is just the beginning. Over the past few weeks Iowa Citizen Action Network has been reaching out to Iowans – … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Knights of Labor “We mean to uphold the dignity of labor.” From their initiation oath August 10 The Air Line Pilots Association is founded at a meeting in Chicago attended by 24 activists from across the … Continue reading

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