Monthly Archives: March 2013

“Healthiest Iowa Initiative” Calling on Governor Branstad to Accept Medicaid Expansion

DES MOINES — A coalition of small business owners, health care providers, and citizen organizations on Monday will launch the Healthiest Iowa Initiative and call on Governor Branstad to accept the expansion of Medicaid in Iowa. Representatives from participating organizations … Continue reading

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Invite to Senate Vote on Medicaid Expansion

Invite to Monday Event

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Join Drive to Save Saturday Delivery

Mike Hall This Sunday, you can rally and tell Congress to strengthen the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for the future and protect six-day mail delivery. The coalition Delivering for America is organizing hundreds of rallies across the country to save Saturday delivery, which Postmaster … Continue reading

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Links and Videos of Sequestration Events

Davenport Davenport/Rock Island Cedar Rapids Quad Cities Quad City Times Dubuque Des Moines:  Sue Dinsdale     Jan Laue   Bruce Hunter  Jack Hach

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Save the USPS Rally

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This Week: The time Senate Republicans were actually candid about how they vote politics over convictions.

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO This week, longtime UAW member and State Senator Tom Courtney returned to the Senate chamber after being absent due to a major surgery.  We wish him well, and we’re excited that … Continue reading

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Effects of the Sequestration on Dubuque

March 21: Effects of the Sequestration on Dubuque. Town Clock Center, 680 Main st. Dubuque. Room 106A. Speakers Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Northeast Iowa Community College; Tom Stovall, Operation New View; Lynn Sutton, Dubuque City Council Member, and Bruce Clark, President … Continue reading

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March 21: Cedar Rapids: “Who Pays Iowa Taxes?” – Public discussion forum

Thursday, March 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids (IBEW 405 Hall) Learn how your income tax return fits into the overall picture of state and local taxes paid by individuals and businesses in various income brackets, and review current … Continue reading

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The Newsmaker Memo: an Interview With AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, recently spoke with The National Memo about the sequester’s automatic budget cuts, the danger of cuts to Social Security, the Keystone XL pipeline, immigration reform, President Obama and how to defend labor in an … Continue reading

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Boycott Crystal Sugar

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Steelworkers Ratify Contracts with Titan International

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers at three Titan International, Inc. tire plants ratified new contracts this week. The members of USW Local 164 in Des Moines, Iowa; USW Local 745 in Freeport, Ill.; and USW … Continue reading

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Harkin Statement on Ongoing Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board

  WASHINGTON–Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee,  issued the following statement in response to the House Education and Workforce Committee’s passage of a bill to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from conducting … Continue reading

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Sen. Harkin, Rep. DeLauro Introduce Healthy Families Act to Allow Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today reintroduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a sick family member, to obtain preventive care, or … Continue reading

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March 21: Effects of the Sequestration on Dubuque

March 21: Effects of the Sequestration on Dubuque. Town Clock Center, 680 Main st. Dubuque. Room 106A. Speakers Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Northeast Iowa Community College; Tom Stovall, Operation New View; Lynn Sutton, Dubuque City Council Member, and Bruce Clark, President … Continue reading

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Stop the Sequestration Events

March 20: Stop the Sequestration Rallies in Iowa: Des Moines, Iowa State Capitol, Room 304, Noon to 1 PM. Cedar Rapids: U.S. District Court 111 7th Ave SE, 4:40 PM. Clinton: Clinton Schools Administration Building, 1401  12th Ave. North. 10 … Continue reading

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“Can We Do More to Keep Savings in the Retirement System?”

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: *As Prepared for Delivery* “I want to welcome everyone to the latest in our ongoing series of hearings focusing on retirement security.  Today, we are going to take a … Continue reading

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Key lawmaker: Iowans will get Medicaid expansion

A leading Iowa Senate voice on health-care policy says the bottom line is straightforward: Iowa will have expanded Medicaid – in spite of spirited opposition from Gov. Terry Branstad. State Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, the chairman of the Senate … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

Michigan authorizes formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen are formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating “cooperation” over “competitive” capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the country during … Continue reading

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Loebsack: Tell House Republicans Not To Slash Medicare

March 19, 2013 | Author Trish Nelson Dear Friend, I want to thank all of you for your hard work this past week. After the House GOP introduced a budget that is even worse than last year’s budget, you let … Continue reading

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