Monthly Archives: May 2013

Medicaid Issue not Over

The Governor still has Public Hearings planned for the Medicaid Issues. There needs to be a lot of people attending these hearings, and asking a lot of questions. The Hearing dates are: June 3, at 9 AM, River Place, Room … Continue reading

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CenturyLink: Honor Your Word

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Progress Iowa Issues Statement on Medicaid Compromise, Thanks Iowans for Pressuring Gov. Branstad to Accept Federal Dollar

s Des Moines — Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement about the health care compromise offered and passed in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session: “The health care compromise passed by the legislature will … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History May 23

An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children (1903); The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 … Continue reading

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We Need a Fully Functional NLRB

Sisters and Brothers, By enforcing labor laws, the National Labor Relations Board protects more than 80 million private sector workers. Workers need a fully functioning five-member National Labor Relations Board. It’s time for the Senate majority to confirm the three … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature reaches agreement on health care

http://www.thonline.com/news/breaking/article_f6f5e3e4-c311-11e2-9b15-001a4bcf6878.html BY ERIN MURPHY TH STAFF WRITER EMURPHY@WCINET.COM | Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:59 pm Iowa will accept federal funding to expand health care to low-income residents under a compromise reached between statehouse Democrats and Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, … Continue reading

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Your Town Now: ICE in Iowa

Photos by Misty Rebik It may have been just another Iowa City arrest for some, but in the minds of several community members it was a call to the picket line. Toting young children and clutching homemade signs, protesters made … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration Bill

May 22, 2013   Today brings to mind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wise and hopeful words, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”   More than 11 million aspiring Americans took a big … Continue reading

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Will outrage translate into policy?

Mike Owen Oh, the outrage. Apple Inc., is (gasp!) working the federal tax code to its advantage, exploiting loopholes in the code to legally avoid paying taxes. OK, but we’ve heard it all before. Many are expressing outrage — not … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON COMMENTS BY GLENWOOD RESOURCE CENTER SUPERINTENDENT

DES MOINES – An article in today’s Des Moines Register includes a quote from Glenwood Resource Center Superintendent Zvia McCormick stating that employees at Glenwood Resource Center are “well trained and our residents are safe, but our employees sometimes do … Continue reading

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Preventing Military Sexual Assaults

Congressman Bruce Braley The last few weeks have been extremely troubling for the Pentagon and their failed efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military. A recent Pentagon report revealed that in 2012 there were a total of 3,374 reports … Continue reading

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Iowa Executive Council approves health plan for state police officers

DES MOINES – The Iowa Executive Council on Monday approved a six-month health insurance coverage plan for about 600 unionized state police officers that calls for a 2.84 percent renewal increase with Wellmark to carry the bargaining unit through until … Continue reading

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Medicaid Bill Compromise?

(05/21/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – An expensive special session of the Legislature may not be needed after all since Governor Terry Branstad has now said he might be open to expanding Medicaid if he can be confident the federal government … Continue reading

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LaBar Pub Crawl

QC Next Up Hosts Labor History Bar Crawl “No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair.  It began with a rally on May 4, … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History May 22

Eugene V. Debs (right) imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike (1895); While white locomotive firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike, blacks who are hired as replacements are whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white … Continue reading

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Say NO! To the proposed Iowa property tax cuts

Currently, a massive property tax cut is being considered by the Iowa Legislature.  We’re deeply concerned about this legislation.  Here’s why: ·       This tax cut could cost the state’s general fund billions over the next ten years. ·       This tax … Continue reading

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Center for Worker Justice helping to make progress

The idea emerged about a year ago. Stories from local low-wage workers about paychecks being “shaved,” substandard housing and other problems began surfacing. In response, a group of workers organized and created a survey of low-wage and immigrant workers on … Continue reading

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IFP: Property-tax package combines EITC boost with challenges to local services

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (May 16, 2013) — The nonpartisan Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement from Peter Fisher about the Iowa House-Senate conference committee report on SF295. This is the legislation that wraps property tax changes into … Continue reading

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It’s Un-American

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Weekend Labor History

Friday: First women’s anti-slavery conference, Philadelphia (1838); Supreme Court outlaws segregation in public schools (1954); Twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of … Continue reading

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