Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) At the HELP Committee Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Labor-Designate Thomas E. Perez

*As Prepared for Delivery* “I am pleased to welcome our distinguished nominee for Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, and I thank our two Senators from Maryland for their gracious introductions. “As we have just heard, Tom Perez’s life is the … Continue reading

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Union Sugar Workers Are Heroes

Approximately 1,300 members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union (BCTGM) from Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota, who’d been locked-out since August 1, 2011, by the Moorhead, Minnesota-based American Crystal Company, voted on April 13 to accept … Continue reading

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The Register editorial: Medicaid expansion gives states flexibility

Congress didn’t need to reinvent the wheel to provide health insurance to millions of low-income Americans. The health care reform law did it by expanding Medicaid. States can expand eligibility for the government program to cover millions more people and … Continue reading

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Branstad Administration Claims Iowa Gained 1,600 Jobs in March; Bureau of Labor Statistics Shows Iowa Lost 5,500

Branstad’s fabricated statistics part of an ongoing effort to cover up his failed campaign promise on job creation   DES MOINES — Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) announced today that Iowa’s total nonfarm employment decreased by 5,500 jobs in March. The … Continue reading

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Keokuk Fundraiser

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Forum this Saturday

This next Saturday, April 20, the Polk County Democratic Communications Committee has scheduled a Forum for our Polk County constituents.  The Elected Democratic Members of the Iowa House and Senate representing  Polk County will be present to answer your questions … Continue reading

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Teamsters, King’s Material agree on new contract

Members of Teamsters Local 371 and management at King’s Material Inc., Eldridge, have reached an agreement on a new contract. The six union members were locked out April 1 by the company after an impasse in contract negotiations. Howard Spoon, … Continue reading

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike (1919); … Continue reading

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