Monthly Archives: January 2013

Iowa OSH Act Whistleblower

MAR 12 2012 MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS, WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM MANAGERS FROM: RICHARD E. FAIRFAX Deputy Assistant Secretary SUBJECT: Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices Section 11(c) of the OSH Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee … Continue reading

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We need to move our economy forward

By Ken Sagar, President IFL The U.S. economy shrunk slightly in the fourth quarter of last year, contracting by 0.1% instead of growing by 1% as analysts expected. It represents the first economic contraction since 2009. It’s been a long … Continue reading

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Dozens of groups back Medicaid expansion

Four dozen Iowa advocacy groups are asking their members to lean on legislators and the governor to extend Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands more poor Iowans. “It will save money in the long run, and it will save … Continue reading

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Subcommittees take first steps in advancing bills

These days, the Iowa Legislature is a laboratory of democracy. In meeting rooms, chambers and lounges throughout the Capitol, small groups of lawmakers are reading the legislative fine print, taking comment from the public and offering their own opinions on … Continue reading

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Medicaid Expansion: Just the Ticket for Rural Iowans?

(01/30/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has a chance to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, but Gov. Terry Branstad is expressing reservations about the idea. Iowa native John Crabtree, media director for the Center for … Continue reading

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To End Extreme Poverty, End Extreme Wealth

The world’s wealthy gathered in the Alps again last week to discuss how to ‘solve’ the world’s problems. The world’s biggest problem, suggests one top global anti-poverty outfit, may be their fortunes. Apologists for inequality have a standard retort to … Continue reading

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PETULANT PLUTOCRAT OF THE WEEK

Elite pro golfers today spend so much time hobnobbing with the rich that they’ve become, in effect, honorary plutocrats. Last weekend golf star Phil Mickelson did his best to sound like a real plutocrat. Mickelson hinted he might exit his … Continue reading

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An Unsung Service from Social Security

  Lawrence Mishel and Nicholas Finio, Earnings of the top 1.0 percent rebound strongly in the recovery, Economic Policy Institute Issue Brief, January 23, 2013. And you thought the Social Security Administration only sends out checks! Social Security records — … Continue reading

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City searches for solution to health care mandate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Part-time employees who work for the city of Sioux City are starting to learn what will happen to them when the Affordable Health Care Act takes effect. By 2014, large employers, including municipalities, will have … Continue reading

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Va right-to-work measure dies on 20-20 Senate tie

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – On a party line vote, the Virginia Senate has killed a measure that would write the state’s longstanding right-to-work law into its constitution. Republican Sen. Dick Black’s resolution won the support of all 20 Republicans, but … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On President Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech

January 29, 2013 President Barack Obama was elected this fall with several mandates, but voters spoke with particular clarity on one issue: the need to support the aspiration of 11 million immigrants to become citizens. That’s why we applaud President … Continue reading

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A story worth watching

We don’t need big media outlets to tell our story—we have you. That’s why I’m so excited about this new message movers group. And now it’s time to spread a great story. We started this to fight back against the … Continue reading

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Pinnacle Foods employees turn down contract offer

FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -Workers at Pinnacle food in Fort Madison have turned down a tentative contract agreement – and now members of UFCW Local 617 say it’s back to the bargaining table.President Darin Boatman says union members met Sunday … Continue reading

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Sound budgeting doesn’t include blanket tax credit

This session of the Iowa Legislature offers a tremendous opportunity to move the state forward with a balanced approach — including responsible, fair tax reform and investments in critical needs that have gone unmet, in education at all levels, in … Continue reading

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Gunther W. Anderson shared ForAmerica‘s photo. I assume Debt is a rhinoceros because of the expression “the elephant in the room” and they just didn’t want to make Debt an elephant because that’s the animal familiar of the Republican party. … Continue reading

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VITA

Click here for list of Iowa VITA sites    

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Give Blood

January 31:   Hawkeye Labor Council Blood Drive. IBEW Local 405 – IBEW Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SE. Thursday, January 31; 2 PM to 6 PM. For appointment contact Rick Moyle at rmoyle@hawkeyelabor.us.  Walk ins are welcome. Please Bring a photo … Continue reading

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The following is list of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites in Iowa. They will serve low income people who need assistance with filing their federal and state tax returns. Iowa Sites   The sites are staffed by volunteers who … Continue reading

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West Virginia stops right to work in constitution

Today, the Virginia Senate defeated a resolution that would have referred to the ballot a measure to put the state’s right to work law in the constitution. SJ 293 was killed on a party-line 20-20 vote. The Lieutenant Governor was … Continue reading

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