Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Harkin, Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and twenty-four senators are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval. In a letter to Postmaster … Continue reading

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Vilsack will not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2014

Tom Vilsack has ruled out running for U.S. Senate in 2014, clearing the way for the early Democratic frontrunner, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, to press forward and raise money for what’s expected to be one of the most fiercely competitive … Continue reading

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As unions decline, inequality increases

The argument over right-to-work legislation seems to be, at the emotional level, whether or not union leadership is over compensated. The top two union dues expenditures are, no doubt, leadership salaries and political (read Democratic Party) contributions. As a former … Continue reading

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Iowa Secretary of State questioned about voter fraud

DES MOINES | Secretary of State Matt Schultz weathered a storm of questions from Democratic legislators, but his answers did little to satisfy his critics. Schultz sought Thursday to convince the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee that his office has … Continue reading

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Iowa officials unaware of suit against fertilizer plant that got $200 million in tax breaks

State and local officials promised an Egyptian company $200 million in tax breaks to build a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa without knowledge of a pending lawsuit alleging one of the company’s subsidiaries defrauded U.S. taxpayers out of millions of … Continue reading

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Federal employees rally against sequester threat

With the sequester deadline of March 1st looming, nearly 1 million jobs could be lost, largely from the public sector. Layoffs in essential public services could hit working families everywhere; for example, they could bring mass layoffs of meat and food inspectors. … Continue reading

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CenturyLink union moves closer to strike with labor deal not in sight

The union representing 13,000 CenturyLink employees in 13 states moved closer to implementing a work stoppage after six months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant have failed to deliver a new labor deal. The Communications Workers of America District 7 … Continue reading

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How Labor Made US Airways, AMR Merger Happen

Labor played a key role in enabling the historic merger between US Airways and American, which will create the largest airline in the world. In fact, the turning point in the merger effort may have come on April 20, 2012 … Continue reading

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