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In Case You Missed It: Republicans Use Koch-Funded Group To Attack Retirement Security

Key Point & Column Attributable to Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa Key Point: Iowa Republicans held a meeting today — with less than a day’s notice — bringing an out-of-state, Koch-funded organization to the capitol in order to … Continue reading

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Our Lives on the Line – Event this weekend

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Motion to Proceed — Off a Cliff

Advancing Senate Health Care Legislation Will Harm Older Americans The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the Motion to Proceed on the Senate Affordable Care Act Repeal.  “The … Continue reading

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Iowa’s daunting challenge as Congress battles on health 

You don’t need a crystal ball to see that the battle in Washington over health care carries big challenges for Iowa and other states. We’re doing what we can to serve that role, because over 200,000 Iowans could lose health … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Brooks Atkinson “Don’t be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.” July 26 In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the “Battle of the Viaduct” … Continue reading

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Governor urged to back plan to let parents affected by individual health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

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   (Des Moines)  Today at the Iowa Statehouse, a state senator and an Iowa pediatrician proposed a plan to protect more than 11,000 Iowa children from losing health insurance on January 1 of next year.   The children’s parents are among those who … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Robert Reich “If the minimum wage in 1968 had simply kept up with inflation it would be more than $10 today.  If it also kept up with the added productivity of American workers since then, it … Continue reading

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Working Families Demand Freedom from Wall Street’s Rigged Economy

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the seventh anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: The politicians attacking the Dodd-Frank Act didn’t have their lives ripped apart the way too many working people did during … Continue reading

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Our Lives on the Line

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ON JULY 29TH, AMERICANS ARE COMING TOGETHER ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SAY: OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE – WE NEED TO LIFT UP THE VOICES OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR CARE … Continue reading

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Kim Reynolds Can’t Just Shrug Off Senate Sex Harassment Scandal – Iowa Starting Line

Republicans love to use the term “leading from behind” when criticizing Democrats. Great leaders demonstrate their skills by boldly offering solutions following the revelations of problems.  They don’t stick their finger in the air to test the wind direction. The … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Wendell Phillips “The labor movement means just this; It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.” Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) was an American abolitionist, orator, and attorney.  July 22 … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: William Burrus “Those unions that enjoy the right to strike have no guarantee that sacrificing their jobs and their livelihood will result in victory but they nevertheless engage in lengthy strikes, not because they are assured … Continue reading

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Rushing to vote Iowans off insurance | The Gazette

We have seen this film before. Legislators propose a new law that they claim will improve health care but pushes millions off health coverage, strips away protections in current law, tells cash-strapped states to pick up the tab and gives … Continue reading

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Iowa Under Fire

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Iowa GOP takes aim at IPERS

Matt Sinovic, guest columnist Jul 19, 2017 at 10:21 am |  Print View Once again, Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are inviting an out-of-state attack on the economic security of Iowa families. Their target is the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System — … Continue reading

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Administration Falls Woefully Short in NAFTA Renegotiation Plans

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after the release of the U.S. trade representative’s objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement: The NAFTA objectives don’t inspire confidence that the Trump administration’s actions will meet its rhetoric … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Louis H. Albert “I don’t mind coming to work — I just don’t want to stay when I get there.” July 20 New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin … Continue reading

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Senators urge Governor Reynolds to ask Senators Ernst, Grassley to oppose health care changes that would hurt Iowans

The top two Democratic State Senators on the Iowa Senate’s healthcare budget and policy committees are urging Governor Kim Reynolds to contact U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley about the threat that healthcare legislation pending in the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Sue Carney “At the core, labor unions are working men and women, unified as one force. Despite any personal differences that may exist between us, we have banded together to protect and improve the lives of … Continue reading

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Charter Communications Workers and Customers Deserve Better

(Washington, DC, July 14, 2017) Concerned citizens handed out leaflets at more than 900 Charter Communications Inc. payment centers throughout the United States today, letting customers know about the corporation’s unchecked greed. Charter Communications is one of the nation’s most profitable … Continue reading

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