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Reminder: Protests To Save Net Neutrality December 7th

Reminder: Protests To Save Net Neutrality December 7th Posted on December 3, 2017 by Trish Nelson by Dave Bradley 5 minutes See BFIA’s previous post on the upcoming protests https://blogforiowa.com/2017/11/30/protests-against-fcc-plan-to-kill-the-internet-dec-7-in-ames-des-moines-cedar-rapids/ This is a reminder that net neutrality protests will be held across the … Continue reading

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Are you angry yet? Tax “reform” will be followed by Medicare, Social Security “reform”

by NH Labor News Late last night, the Senate passed its version of the tax cut bill.  Next step? According to GOP leaders, it will be “entitlement reform.” Which includes the Social Security and Medicare benefits you have been paying for … Continue reading

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Retirees React to Shameful Senate Tax Vote

Statement by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the Senate tax bill vote today.  “Today’s Senate vote was shameful. “With less than 2 weeks of consideration and debate, Senate Republicans just voted to give whopping … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Walter Reuther “First we must organize them, that’s the easy part, then we must unionize them, that’s the hard part.”  December 04 President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year … Continue reading

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Stop the Shutdown!

On Friday, December 8, 2017 at midnight the federal government runs out of money. While Congress and the administration are playing chicken with the federal workforce, AFGE is making calls, lobbying, and talking to the press about the importance of … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Fight for workers, not the rich

President Donald Trump and the GOP are hustling for a tax plan that would change American life in terrible ways by cutting services, killing American manufacturing, weakening our economy and undermining our future. It sends jobs overseas. The GOP tax bill … Continue reading

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New collective bargaining laws don’t apply to Iowa union’s contract, judge rules

A judge has ruled the state must comply with a last-minute employment contract approved by union workers just days before former Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation authorizing a dramatic rewrite of Iowa’s collective bargaining laws. UE Local 893 — Iowa United … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Rosa Parks “Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” photo: Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey after being arrested for boycotting … Continue reading

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A Punishing Decade for School Funding

Public investment in K-12 schools — crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity — has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade.  Worse, some of the deepest-cutting states have also … Continue reading

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Grassley, Ernst misleading Iowans about Senate GOP tax bill – Bleeding Heartland

Responding to Iowans who have contacted their offices about tax policy, U.S. Senate Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have misrepresented how the latest Republican bill would affect lower and middle-income taxpayers. The Senate Budget Committee approved the broad tax bill … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: ‘We must be together; our masters … Continue reading

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Beware corporate tax con job

EDITOR’S NOTE: A version of this piece appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, Cedar Rapids Gazette. Online version here. Those pushing the tax bill now before Congress have a tough job. They have to convince ordinary taxpayers that they … Continue reading

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Say no to this Tax Scam

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Senator Grassley ‘Rubber Stamp’ For Trump Judicial Nominees

Local, National Groups Launch Petition Drive Encouraging Citizens To Contact Grassley Des Moines — Local and national organizations today launched a petition drive, encouraging Iowans and Americans to demand that Senator Grassley stop politicizing the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as … Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids Legislative Tour

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Knock for Wendt – SATURDAY

Todd Wendt has been endorsed by the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO   Knock for Wendt –  SATURDAY Sat, December 2nd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Calvary Episcopal Church 1308 S. Cleveland Sioux City, IA 51106 We are asking everyone to volunteer just … Continue reading

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GOP Holiday Tax Plan: Pot Of Gold For The Rich; Coal For Everyone Else – Iowa Starting Line

The Republicans have attempted to disguise their so called “Tax Reform” bill as a tax cut for the middle class. They hoped to zip this partisan, budget busting, wealthy rewarding, corporate welfare gimmick through Congress before anyone could see beyond … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Julian Bond “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Bond was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a politician, professor and … Continue reading

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Union Veterans Council Calls GOP Tax Bill A Direct Attack Against 9 out of 10 Veterans.

The main union veterans Council ask member to call their senators. Action is needed call congress @ 1-844-899-9913 Today the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO is calling on the people of the United States and congress to reject the latest version of … Continue reading

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GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax plan is not a ‘victory’ for Iowans

It is doubtful Rep. Steve King could retain his job in Washington if he represented the 3rd Congressional district of Iowa. His extremism would not be tolerated by many voters in the Des Moines metro. So how does Rep. David Young, who … Continue reading

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