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DACA Empowers Thousands of Hardworking Aspiring Citizens

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order’s fifth anniversary: Five years ago, the Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, offering a measure of increased security and stability to hundreds … Continue reading

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Labor History

  June 14 Unions legalized in Canada – 1872 The first commercial computer, UNIVAC I, is installed at the U.S. Census Bureau – 1951 June 15 The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded – 1908 … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit Panel

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Merkley, Buttigieg To Speak At Progress Iowa Corn Feed

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Oregon Senator and South Bend Mayor to join Congressman Dave Loebsack, leaders from across Iowa at 3rd annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sept. 10 Des Moines, Iowa – Progress Iowa announced today that Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Mayor Pete … Continue reading

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AARP Expands Age Tax Ads Targeting 11 Senators

AARP Expands Age Tax Ads Targeting 11 Senators in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia Steps Up Opposition to Harmful Health Bill with Visits to Capitol Hill, Phone Calls, Social Media Washington, DC — AARP today announced … Continue reading

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10th ANNUAL ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS CONVENTION!

We are getting really excited for our 10th ANNUAL ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS CONVENTION! Wednesday, June 21 from 11 am – 5:30 pm at the FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Ankeny Campus 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa 50023 Registration … Continue reading

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Michael P. Libbie Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications at the Working Families Summit

So Much To Do! Yesterday I spend several hours at the Iowa Working Families Summit which was held in Ames. The number of people, surprisingly, was down. I write “surprisingly” without the knowledge that there were no fewer than two … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit focuses on organizing, advocacy

Hundreds of Iowans gathered for the third Iowa Working Families Summit — the second in Ames — Saturday to bring Iowan’s together under the theme, “Standing Together, Fighting Back,” to learn about policy and advocacy. Saturday’s keynote speaker at the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Tom Seaver 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 … Continue reading

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SATURDAY: Iowans to Gather for Working Families Summit

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Larry Cohen of Our Revolution to keynote second Iowa Working Families Summit  AMES, IOWA — Larry Cohen, former President of the Communication Workers of America and Labor Chair of Our Revolution will keynote the second Iowa Working Families Summit this … Continue reading

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IOWA LGBTQ MEDIA GUIDE RELEASED IN RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH

IOWA LGBTQ MEDIA GUIDE RELEASED IN RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH  DES MOINES — Local and national organizations released the Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide today, to provide accurate information and encourage appropriate representation of the LGBTQ community in the media. One … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 09 Helen Marot is born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family.  She went on to organize the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in New York, and to organize and lead the city’s 1909-1910 Shirtwaist Strike.  In 1912, she was … Continue reading

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Report Shows Rural Iowa Kids Depend on Medicaid

June 8, 2017 – Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window The number of children on Medicaid living in rural communities in Iowa increased by six percentage points since 2009.(Pixabay) DES MOINES, Iowa – The importance … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit – Iowa

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is a production of our advertising agency, Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications and is the only daily, hour-long business broadcast in the region. The News Hour is made possible through the sponsorship of: The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Shaul & Desmond … Continue reading

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Labor History

  June 05 Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union – 1976 (Auditing Local Union Financial Records: Financial misdeeds … Continue reading

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Cutting Medicaid Expansion: Huge Cost Shift to Iowa, Other States

                IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 6, 2017) — A new report shows Iowa would have to spend almost three times what it does now to cover low-income adults who would lose health coverage … Continue reading

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Iowa City Federation of Labor Endorses Passage of Bond Referendum

  June 2, 2017 (Iowa City, Iowa) – The Iowa City Federation of Labor, AFLCIO, voted at its Regular Delegates Meeting in May to endorse the General Obligation Bond which will be on the ballot for the September 12, 2017, … Continue reading

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Sales-tax break didn’t add jobs

                Whatever can be said about the expensive new sales-tax break for business, creating jobs in manufacturing is not one of them. Pushes for lower taxes on business routinely come with promises for … Continue reading

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Rosy forecasts bring thorny budgets

A memo from the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) indicates a higher-than-anticipated cost of a special-interest sales-tax break primarily for manufacturers. We could not afford it when Governor Terry Branstad attempted to implement it by rule in 2015, or when a … Continue reading

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Standing Together, Fighting Back: Iowans to Gather for Working Families Summit

Larry Cohen of Our Revolution to keynote second Iowa Working Families Summit AMES, IOWA — Larry Cohen, former President of the Communication Workers of America and Labor Chair of Our Revolution will keynote the second Iowa Working Families Summit, which … Continue reading

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