Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on March Jobs Report

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April 5, 2013 Today’s announcement that the economy added only 88,000 jobs in March underscores the reality that the real challenge our nation faces is a jobs crisis..  We are still creating fewer jobs than we need to get us … Continue reading

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Here’s What 9 Months of Terry Branstad’s Very Best Work on Health Care Looks Like:

Charlie Wishman Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor Well, after over 9 months of excruciating, grueling hard work, Governor Branstad finally gave us his very best ideas for health care reform in Iowa. Let’s see how he did, compared to the … Continue reading

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Eastern Iowa Events this weekend

April 6: Labor Walk, Quad City  Fed. 12 PM to 3 PM. Meet at Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 25 HAll. CAll 309-738-3193 . April 6: Des Moines Henry County Federation of Labor Roundtable with Congressman Loebsack. 11 AM to noon. … Continue reading

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Consumer protection chief vows crackdown on predatory lenders

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Federal officials should seek meaningful penalties — including jail time — against predatory lenders, Iowans told Richard Cordray, the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in a public hearing in Des Moines on Thursday. The bureau was created … Continue reading

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Mediciad Madness Events

The Governor released his Medicaid plan last night, after legislators had left, while very few were paying attention. The initial reactions to his bill, are that it’s just as bad as we thought it would be. Covering fewer Iowans, while … Continue reading

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IFL President, Sagar, responds to Governor’s Health Plan proposal

STATEMENT FROM KEN SAGAR, PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO “This Governor has had over nine months to come up with an alternative to Medicaid expansion, and unfortunately the best thing he can come up with is tired … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Rally in Des Moines

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Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines, on April 4, to show their support for Infrastructure in Iowa. The rally was to support the future of infrastructure and the Keystone XL pipeline. Sean McGarvey, … Continue reading

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The health care debate is finally on; Iowans must speak up now

Joint statement by Senators Jochum, Ragan and Bolkcom Governor Branstad has finally produced a health care plan.  Unfortunately, his plan won’t make Iowa the healthiest state.  In fact, Iowa will fall behind other states who decide instead to expand Medicaid. … Continue reading

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Branstad health insurance plan heads to House, quietly

Gov. Terry Branstad took a low-key approach Thursday in sending legislators his controversial proposal to provide health insurance to tens of thousands of poor Iowans. The governor’s Healthy Iowa Plan was introduced in the House in the afternoon, after many … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: Columnist Victor Riesel, a crusader against mob infiltration of unions, was blinded in New York City when an assailant threw sulfuric acid in his face (1956); Some 14,000 teachers strike Hawaii schools, colleges (2001); A huge underground explosion at … Continue reading

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