Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

Raise the Minimum Wage

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Close the gap between the rich and poor

  Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed, our economy has struggled to fully recover. Stock prices and corporate profits have soared to record highs, while at the same time we have experienced severe economic … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Previews the President’s State of the Union Address

January 27, 2014 Listen here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/afl-cio/what-afl-cio-president-richard Transcript: Hi I’m Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. Like many Americans I’m looking forward to listening to President Obama’s State of the Union Address on January 28.  As a representative of … Continue reading

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Iowa View: ALEC’s strategy of secrecy is wrong for Iowa taxpayers

As an elected official, my responsibility is to the people I represent, my constituents. Their interest, and the best interest of Iowans, must come first. When I propose legislation or cast a vote in the Iowa Senate, it’s after I’ve … Continue reading

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Gov. Branstad supports TPP

Note the signers on this “bipartisan” Governors’ letter:  http://tradebenefitsamerica.org/resources/bipartisan-governors-letter-trade Delivered December 23, 2013  Dear Mr. President, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi:  As chief executives of their states and territories, governors have a unique … Continue reading

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Who Backs the TPP and a ‘NAFTA on Steroids’? ALEC

If President Obama uses his State of the Union address to launch a major push for “fast-track” authority to bypass congressional input and oversight on a sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, he will need new allies to generate support around … Continue reading

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Labor History January 28

January 28 American Miners’ Association formed – 1861 First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin – 1932 (Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street: Wisconsin continues to be notable!  Ripped from the headlines, … Continue reading

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Iowa union membership drops slightly in 2013

The percentage of union members in Iowa dropped slightly in 2013, according to data released today. Union membership in Iowa dropped to 10.1 percent in 2013, down from 10.4 percent in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Ready or not, super PAC pushes Clinton for president

Organizers hoping for a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 met in Des Moines on Saturday with Iowa Democrats and labor leaders to initiate an early effort to get the former U.S. secretary of state on the ballot. Ready for … Continue reading

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