Daily Archives: February 12, 2014

Union Members from all over the state Lobbied their representatives

Yesterday at the Iowa Capitol well over 100 union members, representing dozens of unions,  lobbied their representatives on issues such as Wage Theft,  Minimum Wage, Funding for Apprenticeship Programs and raising Iowa’s gas tax. Each year thousands of Iowa’s are … Continue reading

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Do not privatize our solid waste service

The Clinton Herald The Clinton City Council is once again considering selling our solid waste department. They claim they are doing this to save money, but they are not being completely honest. Moving from public to private services merely shifts … Continue reading

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Statement of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) On Senate Floor: “Helping American Workers Retire Securely Is Good For the Whole Economy”

  *As prepared for delivery*   WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a floor speech today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, talked about the growing retirement crisis Americans face and the need … Continue reading

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Fact Check: Braley makes claims about ‘income inequality,’ raising minimum wage

Introduction Fact Checker is examining claims about “income inequality” and the economic effects of increasing the minimum wage made by Democrat Bruce Braley, a U.S. Representative who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin. Source … Continue reading

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Democratic frontrunner adds to growing endorsement list

    DES MOINES — 3rd Congressional district candidate Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) today announced she’s received the endorsement of Teamsters Local 120. “It is an honor and privilege to have earned the endorsement of Teamsters Local 120,” said Appel. “I’m … Continue reading

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS ignore PUBLIC SCHOOLS; provide $207 million to Home/ Private Schools

      Des Moines, Iowa – While refusing to take action to set basic state aid for public schools as required by state law, Iowa House Republicans are moving a bill to provide a new $207 million appropriation to … Continue reading

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Free screening of Sundance award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL on income inequality, our shrinking middle class and how this has affected America’s economy and democracy

    Special screening of Inequality For All to be held in Des Moines on Thursday, February 13, preceded by a panel discussion on income inequality   Des Moines, Iowa – Thursday, February 13th, a coalition of progressive organizations will … Continue reading

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House Republicans Deliver Worst Valentine’s Day Ever

  Iowa House of Representatives vote to restrict access to health care and allow state government to make health care decisions for women and their families     Des Moines, Iowa — Tonight the Iowa House of Representatives voted to … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 13 A national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ends in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the … Continue reading

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