Daily Archives: February 1, 2013

Press Conference Video

Video of Press Conference at Iowa State Capitol, January 31, 2013 Iowa Senator, Jack Hatch, State Representative Mark Smith, Iowa ARA Jan Laue, and ICAN Director Sue Dinsdale.

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Close the Loopholes

Jan Laue, President Iowa Alliance of Retired Americans Misguided Members of Congress are pushing for cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in order to preserve tax loopholes for Wall Street and wealthy Americans. The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans … Continue reading

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Do the Right Thing

By Sue Dinsdale On January 1, Congress and President Obama agreed that it was time for tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans to expire. The last-minute agreement to step back from the fiscal cliff was a step … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on January Jobs Report

  February 1, 2013   No issue carries greater weight for our future than jobs – good jobs. 157,000 net new jobs in January is simply not enough. We cannot sit by as austerity leaves far too many Americans who … Continue reading

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Right to work unfair to unions

By Rick Moyle In today’s anti-labor climate, one thing seems to remain constant: false complaints being presented to the public by those who oppose unions. I do not believe that everyone who is anti-labor simply dislikes working people. I think … Continue reading

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On Fourth Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Act, Harkin Introduces the Fair Pay Act to Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work

Women Make Only 77 Cents for Every Dollar Earned by a Man WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, on the fourth anniversary of enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Fair Pay Act, which would build upon the … Continue reading

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Anti-Wal-Mart labor groups agree to stop picketing the chain

Reuters) – Labor groups that have long spoken out against Wal-Mart Stores Inc will stop much of their picketing against the world’s largest retailer, though they still plan to continue to push the company to improve working conditions. The United … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

February 01: Led by 23-year-old Kate Mullaney, the Collar Laundry Union forms in Troy, N.Y., raises earnings for female laundry workers from $2 to $14 a week (1864); Bricklayers begin working eight-hour days (1867); Some 25,000 Paterson, N.J., silk workers strike … Continue reading

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