Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Why the minimum wage matters

It doesn’t take long after someone proposes an increase in the minimum wage — as President Obama did in his State of the Union message — to hear the same, tired arguments against it. Rather than repeat them, and the … Continue reading

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Iowa AFSCME arbitration done

Afscme Iowa Today at approximately 11:30am the Interest Arbitration between AFSCME and the State of Iowa ended. The fate of the 2013 – 2015 AFSCME Master Agreement is in the hands of Arbitrator Marvin Hill Jr. The Arbitrator will provide … Continue reading

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Sen. Harkin and Rep. Miller Statement on President Obama’s Minimum WageProposa

l Washington, D.C. – Today, Sen. Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Senior Democrat and former chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement in response … Continue reading

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In Iowa’s Interest: Continuing the Progress for Working Families

By Senator Tom Harkin On February 5th, our country marked the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – a groundbreaking law that provides American workers with 12 weeks of protected — albeit unpaid — leave to … Continue reading

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SMART WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY WHILE PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Today’s retirees want our economy to turn around. We worry about our children and           grandchildren and do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave them.  We understand that there is a right and a wrong way … Continue reading

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Braley Presses IOC to Reconsider Decision to End Wrestling at the Olympics

Feb 13, 2013 Braley: Wrestling is a sport “at the heart of the Olympic movement and what it means” Washington, D.C. – In a letter to IOC President Jacque Rogge, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) pressed the organization to immediately reconsider … Continue reading

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Harkin Statement on President Obama’s Nominations to the National Labor Relations Board

  WASHINGTON—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today in support of President Obama’s re-nominations of Richard Griffin and Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): “I … Continue reading

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Letter: Lockout strategy is callous

The union workers at American Crystal Sugar have now been locked out of their jobs for almost a year and a half. For more than a full calendar year, for two Christmas seasons, for more than 18 months, these men … Continue reading

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Unions bring out the vote in Iowa

By now we are all well aware of the 2012 election results.  Iowans should be proud that the 2012 elections brought out over 70% of registered voters, but the general population were slackers compared to the union voter turnout. According … Continue reading

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Another attempt at requiring photo ID for voting in Iowa

House Republicans are again trying to pass a law that would require all voters to show a photo I.D. and they tout a recent Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” which found 71 percent of those surveyed back the concept. Representative … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature: Morning briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Iowa Legislature: Morning briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

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Former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy announces candidacy for Congress

Former Iowa House Speaker and longtime state legislator Pat Murphy announced his candidacy on Wednesday for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. The move makes Murphy, of Dubuque, the first of potentially several Democrats to vie for the seat, which represents a … Continue reading

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Media Conference Call Briefing: Exposing ALEC’s economic agenda in the states

Washington— On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the Economic Policy Institute will host a media conference call on the economic policy agenda promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—an agenda that would weaken state economies, harm working families and put … Continue reading

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Obama: Raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour

President Obama is urging Congress to raise the minimum wage, a difficult political lift despite the struggles of low-wage earners. In his State of the Union address, Obama suggested that lawmakers consider raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Tonight President Obama sent a clear message to the world that he will stand and fight for working America’s values and priorities. And with the foundation he laid, working families will fight by his side to build an economy that … Continue reading

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Tackling the Retirement Crisis Remarks by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Center for American Progress

“It is a special pleasure to be able to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart – retirement security.  I have been focused on this issue for many years.  And I know from my constituents that the … Continue reading

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UFCW Local 617 voting

UFCW Local 617 A contract ratification vote will take place Thursday, February 14th at the Fort Madison Labor Center located at 728 Ave G. Open voting will take place from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. More details are posted on … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Saturday mail mess is Congress’ fault

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has announced the end of Saturday mail delivery on Aug. 5. He is dubiously claiming that a “loophole” in the law will allow him to do this. Donahoe’s arrogant decision is shortsighted and just plain wrong. … Continue reading

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