Monthly Archives: February 2013

The United States of ALEC

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Click on the picture to view “The United States of ALEC” Iowa Policy Project Report on ALEC – Click here

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How ALEC goes after Bills

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Get the inside scoop on the Hostess “bankery”

Posted by BCTGM on February 25, 2013 Cross post from BCTGM BCTGM Local 218 member Mike Hummell, a Hostess/Wonder worker for 14 years, helps to tell the story of the Hostess bankruptcy through the eyes of dedicated Kansas bakers. “You’ve … Continue reading

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Senate Letter on American Family Economic Protection Act

“Below is a letter sent to the Senate today from the AFL-CIO’s Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel. Please direct questions to AFL-CIO Media Outreach 202-637-5018”                                                                                                                  February 28, 2013 Dear Senator: Yesterday the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO called … Continue reading

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Trumka: AFL-CIO to undergo wide-scale revamp

by: Mark Gruenberg February 28 2013 ORLANDO, Fla. – The AFL-CIO will examine and create a new and different internal and external structure, to be considered at its convention in Los Angeles in September, federation President Richard Trumka says. The … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls for Repeal of Sequestration to Disarm the Republican Hostage Takers

Jackie Tortora The AFL-CIO Executive Council today called on Congress to repeal—not replace—the economically destructive budget cuts that Republicans in Congress are using as leverage to demand Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefit cuts. If the sequester is to be replaced, … Continue reading

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Afscme Iowa

Brothers and Sisters, Today in the Iowa Senate, Democratic Senators stood with working families and passed Medicaid expansion out of committee. If it becomes law, Senate File 71 will implement the Medicaid expansion portion of Obama Care in Iowa. Medicaid … Continue reading

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SMART

Congratulations to the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and United Transportation Union who have merged to form a new union called SMART! Today, the new merged union was granted a new charter by the AFL-CIO.

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Worker Seriously Injured at American Crystal Sugar Plant

Mike Hall A replacement worker at American Crystal Sugar Co.’s East Grand Forks, Minn., plant was seriously injured last month, suffering severe burns when he was hit with hot liquid that spewed from a tank, according to news reports. Sign … Continue reading

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Biggest Driver of Income Inequality? Income from Capital Gains and Dividends

Jackie Tortora A new, non-partisan study by Thomas Hungerford of the non-partisan Congressional Research Service confirms that the explosion of income inequality over the past 15 years is fueled by rapidly rising income from capital gains and dividends.

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The Register’s Editorial: It’s time for lawmakers to act on Medicaid

Gov. Terry Branstad has a lot in common with Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Both are Republicans. Both have worked in the health field. Both have been staunch opponents of the federal health reform law. Both repeatedly vowed not to implement … Continue reading

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Union Leaders Call on Obama to Fill Labor Board

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE ORLANDO — The nation’s union leaders are voicing alarm that the National Labor Relations Board might remain paralyzed for a year or more as a result of a federal appeals court ruling that found President Obama’s recess … Continue reading

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Labor Leaders Gear Up to Pass Voter Registration Bills

By Kris Maher LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After a year of playing defense on state voter-identification bills, labor leaders say they want to “turn the tables” on Republicans and pass a series of voter measures that would expand voter … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It: In USA Today Op-Ed, HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin Makes the Case for Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10

Harkin Announces That He and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) Will Soon Introduce Legislation to Boost Minimum Wage and Help Working Families Make Ends Meet WASHINGTON, D.C.—In case you missed it, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments to Overturn Vital Part of Voting Rights Act

02/26/2013 Mike Hall A new voter ID law threatened to disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters who are mostly people of color in South Carolina last year. Florida officials tried to curtail early voting that could have kept African Americans and others from the … Continue reading

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Branstad has ‘no clue’ what cuts, layoffs may follow federal cuts

Gov. Terry Branstad said today he has “no clue” what spending cuts or layoffs the state would face if automatic federal budget cuts take effect after Friday’s deadline. Branstad said the state will deal with whatever comes, but the effect … Continue reading

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Court: Workers deserve benefits

BISMARCK — A divided North Dakota Supreme Court handed locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers a victory with a decision Tuesday that they are entitled to unemployment benefits. The 3-2 decision, following months of deliberation on arguments presented Sept. 18, could … Continue reading

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Americans Agree: Retirement System Needs Reform

Harkin “USA Retirement Fund” Proposal Earns High Marks in Poll WASHINGTON—A new poll conducted by the National Institute for Retirement Security (NIRS) shows strong support for reforming the retirement system—a top priority of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman … Continue reading

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New Resource Exposes Peter Peterson’s ‘Fix the Debt’ Scam

“Fix the Debt” portrays itself as a nonpartisan group designed to convince government to do something drastic about the national debt, which it says is a significant danger to the country. And despite widespread evidence from economists that their proposals would … Continue reading

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Here’s how federal budget sequester could impact Iowa

The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office about how automatic budget cuts would affect states. The numbers reflect the impact of the automatic budget cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 … Continue reading

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