Monthly Archives: October 2013

Patience Urged as Iowans Deal with Healthcare Glitches

John Michaelson, Public News Service-IA http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/35277-1 Join the discussion: facebook.com/PublicNewsService  Twitter: @pns_news  @pns_IA  Google+: plus.to/publicnewsservice (10/28/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s been a far from smooth roll-out for the country’s new online health care exchange, but fixes are underway, and those in Iowa … Continue reading

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CWA Members Ratify Contract With CenturyLink

Denver, CO. – Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 7 Vice President Mary Taylor reports that Legacy Qwest/CenturyLink members have ratified the latest agreement reached with CenturyLink. Negotiators had returned to the bargaining table in early October after the first … Continue reading

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Labor History October 28 & 29

Today’s Labor History October 28: The Gateway Arch, a 630-foot high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Mo., is completed after two and one-half years. Although it was predicted 13 lives … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Obama’s Immigration Remarks

October 24, 2013 Today millions of immigrants received needed reassurance from the President that despite chaos in Washington, immigration reform can get done.  We commend President Obama for renewing his commitment to passing immigration reform this year and urging Republicans … Continue reading

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UFCW Endorses Anesa Kajtazovic in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District

WASHINGTON — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) today endorsed State Representative Anesa Kajtazovic for the open seat in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. “We are endorsing Representative Kajtazovic because she understands better than anyone the concerns of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Labor union, business group make Sioux City Council endorsements

SIOUX CITY |A labor union and pro-business group have released their endorsements for Sioux City Council as the Nov. 5 election nears. The Northwest Iowa Labor Council Thursday threw its support behind candidates Jim France, Dan Moore and Pete Groetken. … Continue reading

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Iowa conservative political group faces $4 million campaign-reporting fine

An Iowa political organization is caught up in some trouble with state regulators in California. The Iowa-based California Future Fund for Free Markets is part of a secretive network of conservative nonprofits that now is being charged big penalties for … Continue reading

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Another View: Democrats now own health care

Fox News’ Sean Hannity, that paragon of journalistic integrity, hosted six “average Americans” on his show this month who were “feeling the pain” of Obamacare. One was Paul Cox, who runs a North Carolina construction business. He complained that the … Continue reading

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GE Keep your promise and keep plant open in West Burlington

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October 23, 2013 – Burlington – More than 60 people gathered at the Memorial Auditorium in on Wednesday night to talk about the future of the GE plant in West Burlington. The event was co-sponsored by Iowa Citizens for Community … Continue reading

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Labor History October 25-27

October 25 What many believe to be the first formal training on first aid in American history took place at the Windsor Hotel in Jermyn, Penn., when Dr. Matthew J. Shields instructed 25 coal miners on ways to help their … Continue reading

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Sign the Petition to Save the Postal Service

  As of today we have well over 190,000 signers on all of our petitions. Many of those support the battle to help keep the U.S. Postal Service in its strongest form possible. We received a request from John L. … Continue reading

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GE Employees Not Backing Down

General Electric employees and supporters had one message tonight for the company, and that was to “KEEP YOUR PROMISE”.   Three years ago, GE threatened to close down the West Burlington manufacturing plant if workers didn’t agree to nearly $8-million … Continue reading

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Where was the middle class?

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s how many times the 6 Republican candidates mentioned the middle class during last night’s US Senate primary debate (sponsored by the Koch Brothers’ funded group Americans for Prosperity). How can they fight for middle class Iowans … Continue reading

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Labor Endorsed Candidate activites in Des Moines

Walk for Cal Woods Labor Endorsed Candidate for Des Moines City Council On Saturday Oct 26 at 10am at Lu347 IBEW located at 850 18st DM. Cal Woods will be setting up camp for the day to canvas the neighborhood.Any help would … Continue reading

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Labor History October 24

The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier – 1940 (The Labor Law Source Book: Texts of 20 Federal Labor Laws is a handy collection that puts the … Continue reading

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Former Rock Island Arsenal attorney announces candidacy for Senate District 47

BETTENDORF – Maria Bribriesco, a former attorney advisor to the U.S. Army at the Rock Island Arsenal has announced her candidacy for the Iowa Senate in district 47. District 47 includes the cities of Bettendorf, Riverdale, Panorama Park, part of … Continue reading

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October 27 Events

October 27. Bruce Braley Blues and BBQ.  LABOR ENDORSED CANDIDATE Congressman Bruce Braley, candidate for U.S. Senate invites you to the 9th annual BRUCE BLUES & BBQ with special guests” Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly Sunday October 27, 2013 1:30 … Continue reading

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Meyer wins election to fill House 33 seat

Des Moines City Councilman Brian Meyer won a special election Tuesday to fill a seat in Iowa House District 33 on Des Moines’ south side. Democrat Meyer, 39, won the election with 1,380 votes, or about 79 percent of the … Continue reading

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Satellite voting in Des Moines

Satellite early voting is now available for the upcoming Des Moines City Council Election to be held on November 5, 2013.  All registered voters residing in the City of Des Moines are eligible to vote by early ballot. Cast your Vote for … Continue reading

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Labor History Oct 23

President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a fact-finding commission that suspends a nine-months-long strike by Western Pennsylvania coal miners fighting for better pay, shorter workdays and union recognition.  The strikers ended up winning more pay for fewer hours, but failed to get … Continue reading

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