Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

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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Labor on Trial

We’ll all need to buckle up in preparation for some dramatic and historical confrontations in the coming weeks. No, we’re not talking about college basketball’s “March Madness” (Go UCLA!) We’re talking about the confirmation hearings of Thomas Perez, President Obama’s … Continue reading

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Medicaid Spending Projections Fall, Easing Budget Worries

Dan Heyman, Public News Service-IA (03/20/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowa considers extending health care to the working poor by expanding Medicaid, one worry has been widening a program some say has an unsustainable budget. However, recent figures show … Continue reading

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