Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

The Medicaid Debate: Governor still has it wrong

  Gov. Terry Branstad has finally released details of his plan for extending health care to low-income working Iowans, and it’s no better than expected. It still would cover fewer Iowans, cost more and make it harder for people to … Continue reading

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Harkin Statement on Latest Republican Attack on NLRB

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement in response to House Republicans’ approval of a bill to undermine the ability of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct its important … Continue reading

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Public Hearing on Medicaid Expansion

Mary Mascher, Iowa Representative Iowans are encouraged to share their views at a special public hearing next week on a plan to expand affordable health care to 150,000 Iowans.  The hearing will be Tuesday, April 16, in the Iowa House … Continue reading

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Harkin fights for Iowans

  Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is a champion for Iowans and for the entire nation. Not only is he sounding the alarm about how hardworking Americans are facing a retirement income crisis, but he also is trying to put out … Continue reading

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On Tax Day AFL-CIO to Launch 2013 Executive PayWatch Highlighting Exorbitant CEO Pay

  Searchable CEO-to-worker pay online database exposes growing wealth inequality and need for a fair tax system     On Monday, April 15 at 9:30am, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will launch Executive PayWatch 2013 at a special breakfast presentation. ( … Continue reading

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Treasurer: Branstad’s health plan would cost Iowans $1 billion over 6 years

Democratic state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald charged Thursday that Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s health care plan for low-income Iowans would cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion over the next six years and could jeopardize state and county government bond ratings in the … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: A group of “puddlers”—craftsmen who manipulated pig iron to create steel—met in a Pittsburgh bar and formed The Iron City Forge of the Sons of Vulcan. It was the strongest union in the U.S. in the 1870s, later merging … Continue reading

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