Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

“It’s ruined me”

As Dwight Siemiaczko, a coal miner at the Cannelton mine near Smithers, W.Va., put it, “It’s ruined me, plain and simple.” You might think he’s talking about the long hours or the life-threatening workplace diseases he is exposed to in … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on FY 2014 Budget Proposal

April 10, 2013 A president’s budget is more than just numbers.  It is a profoundly moral document.  We believe cutting Social Security benefits and shifting costs to Medicare beneficiaries – while exempting corporate America from shared sacrifice – is wrong … Continue reading

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Senator Harkin recognizes Third Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Thank you for contacting me in the past with your support for health insurance reform.  As we mark the third anniversary of the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA), I would like to update you on the law’s consumer protections that … Continue reading

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All in for Citizenship

Today, thousands of working folks in favor of a commonsense immigration process will rally at the U.S. Capitol. And hundreds of events will echo their chants around the country. We’re creating a virtual rally on Facebook and Twitter with this … Continue reading

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SW Iowa Labor Council President and Braley

South West Iowa Labor Council President Bill Biede and his wife Barbara, welcome Bruce Braley to SW Iowa  

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Mobilize for April 10th Congressional Call-in Day

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is mobilizing advocates across the nation in a Congressional Call-In day on Wednesday, April 10th, the day that President Obama releases his budget including cuts to Social Security. Our goal is … Continue reading

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Basu: Please drop this political fight, Governor

For a lot of low-income people, Medicaid, the government-funded health care program, is a lifeline. To Gov. Terry Branstad, it’s one big political headache. How does the Republican governor accept federal health care money to expand Medicaid without appearing to … Continue reading

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Medicaid Expansion

In an attempt to sway the Iowa House and Governor to support Medicaid Expansion, 26 organizations are participating  in Healthiest Iowa Initiatives events around Iowa.              On Monday March 25, Healthiest Iowa initiative was launched at a press conference , … Continue reading

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Looking to the Future of Immigration Reform

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer                     Immigration is an issue that we as a labor movement have struggled with for over a century, and longer as a working class.  Knowing that race and language frequently could cause divides in worker solidarity, … Continue reading

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Join the Struggle

By Ken Sagar, President Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO              Across the Iowa and the rest of the United States, workers are frustrated with the lack of progress that we seem to be making.  Workers wages are stagnant while Wall … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislative Update

BY Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer MEDICAID MADNESS              This week the Iowa Senate finally was able to take action on the Medicaid expansion bill.  We appreciate any of you who showed up to hear the debate or tuned in online.  As … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History April 10

Today’s Labor History Birth date of Frances Perkins, named Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet-level office (1880); A total of 133 people, mostly women and girls, are killed … Continue reading

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