Daily Archives: March 13, 2013

Sen. Harkin & Rep. Braley Introduce the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act

Seeking to strengthen the competitiveness of Iowa and American manufacturing, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) today introduced the Rebuilding American Manufacturing Act. Central to the legislation is the creation of a National Manufacturing Strategy aimed … Continue reading

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Study finds voter ID laws hurt young, minorities

By EMILY SCHULTHEIS | 3/12/13 5:23 PM EDT As a handful of state legislatures around the country consider enacting stricter voter ID laws, a new study finds that young people – and especially young minorities – are disproportionately affected by … Continue reading

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AFSCME labor union endorses Braley for U.S. Senate

Although he’s not officially the Democratic nominee yet, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley continues to generate public support for his U.S. Senate bid. Iowa’s largest public employee union, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, has endorsed him, Braley’s campaign said in a news … Continue reading

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LEGISLATORS: KEEP CLINICAL CARE UNIT IN FT. MADISON PRISON OPEN

Des Moines, Iowa – A bi-partisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Terry Branstad requesting he keep open the Clinical Care Unit at the state prison in Ft. Madison.  The CCU was opened over ten years ago to … Continue reading

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Stop the Ryan Express!

Extremist Republicans in Congress just issued their budget demands for 2014, and they are a rehash of the same old tired ideas – on steroids. Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership are demanding outrageously lower tax rates for Wall … Continue reading

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Labor Abuses Alleged at McDonald’s

Last week (March 6), McDonald’s, the international fast-food juggernaut, was surprised and, one hopes, publicly embarrassed when a group of student “guest workers” in central Pennsylvania called an impromptu strike to protest working conditions. According to the guest workers, McDonald’s … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History

The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel. The newspaper was quoting a typesetter while reporting on replacement workers who had agreed to work for two-thirds of … Continue reading

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Ryan Budget Highlights House Republicans’ Extreme Demands

Jackie Tortora It’s back. The Ryan–GOP budget that gives seniors “coupons” to pay for health care and guts Medicaid and public investment to enrich millionaires and billionaires was once again proposed by the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) today. … Continue reading

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Wisco court rules parts of union-busting bill are still on hold

This just in, thanks to Brother Tom Bennett, president of Local 200 in Milwaukee: The Wisconsin state Court of Appeals ruled parts of Job-killer Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill are still on hold. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the high court left intact — … Continue reading

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