Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

March 20 Events – Stop the Sequestration!

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On March 20th there will be several events around Iowa and Illinois to draw attention to the impacts of sequestration. Below are the locations and times of those events. Please attend, let others know and make a call to Congress—888-659-9401. … Continue reading

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Postal Unions Agitate to Keep Delivering the Mail on Time and on Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in every state, are being organized to persuade Congress, which must vote by March 27, to keep … Continue reading

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Rep. David Maxwell Distributes Racist Newspaper Article in the Iowa Legislature

15 Mar 2013 — 11:26 AM State Representative David Maxwell asked that a copy of the Montezuma Record, a newspaper his business supports with advertising, to every member of the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday, March 14. The largest … Continue reading

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The Labor Landscape & the “State of the Unions:” Q&A with Author Philip Dine

By Rebecca Band, California Labor Federation There aren’t a whole lot of journalists who cover the “union beat;” writer Philip Dine is one of the rare few. He has reported on unions and organized labor for 25 years, covering events … Continue reading

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In Iowa’s Interest: Medicaid Expansion Is the Right Choice for Iowa

Senator Tom Harkin A growing number of governors, including many Republicans, are choosing to expand Medicaid in their states, taking advantage of the extremely generous terms in the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, if states expand Medicaid … Continue reading

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New Report Exposes Extreme Disparity in the Social Security Debate

  Compared with ordinary Americans, CEOs pushing cuts have little to lose. CEO-backed cuts would reduce retirement benefits for a typical home care worker by almost 16%. Washington, D.C. — A new Institute for Policy Studies report analyzes proposed Social … Continue reading

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Kicking Them While They’re Down

Andy Richards Andy Richards, new media strategist at the AFL-CIO, sent the following message to working family activists: It’s been a long winter for locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers. Workers have been locked out for nearly 19 months from their … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: Official formation of the Painters Int’l Union (1887); Supreme Court approves 8-Hour Act under threat of a national railway strike (1917); Bituminous coal miners begin nationwide strike, demanding adoption of a pension plan (1948); The Wall Street Journal exposes insider … Continue reading

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ALEC Exposed In Iowa

A press conference was held at he Iowa Capitol, March 12, Sponsored by Progress Iowa. The links below are videos of the press conference, and links to more information. Matt Sinovic Lisa Graves Peter Fisher Joe Bolkcom Press Conference Q … Continue reading

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Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Hearing: “Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage”

  *As Prepared for Delivery* “For several years now I have held hearings focusing on the need to bolster the middle class in this country and restore the American Dream.  The American Dream is supposed to be about building a … Continue reading

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Strengthening Social Security Benefits; Ensure Program for Future Generations

 DATE:    March 14, 2013  From Senator Tom Harkin The American Dream promises that if you work hard and play by the rules you’ll be able to save for retirement and enjoy your golden years with your grandchildren.  But I know … Continue reading

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