Daily Archives: August 4, 2014

Senator praises Commissioner Godfrey’s ‘amazing record’

Gov. Branstad faces high hurdle to replace talented leader with qualified nominee   Statement from Sen. Bill Dotzler, Chair of the Senate Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee   “It is with a heavy heart that I congratulate Chris Godfrey, Iowa’s Workers’ … Continue reading

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Medicare’s 50th with Bruce Braley

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Braley touts raising minimum wage to help boost Social Security

DAVENPORT, Iowa | Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley said Saturday that raising the minimum wage, improving the economy and lifting the cap on income subject to payroll taxes would stabilize the Social Security program over the long term. And he … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Walgreens turns back on taxpayers

“Is ‘the corner of happy and healthy’ somewhere in the Swiss Alps?” — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in a letter to Walgreens executives The senator from Illinois borrowed that line from the nationwide drugstore chain’s advertising campaign to poke … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: Don’t let Staples’ tricks fool you

The recent announcement that Staples would end its partnership with the U.S. Postal Service is nothing more than a ruse. Instead of giving up on its quest to privatize the Postal Service, Staples wants to become an “Approved Shipper.” This … Continue reading

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Is Ernst The New Palin?

It is beginning to look like Joni Ernst just wants to be another Sara Palin. In case you forget who Palin is, she is the huge mistake John McCain nearly foisted on the US. Mostly known for being a real … Continue reading

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Fact check: Rep. Braley’s VA hearing attendance under attack

A veterans advocacy group is making false and potentially misleading claims in a TV ad attacking U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley on his commitment to military veterans. • The ad falsely claims that Braley “skipped an important VA reform hearing … Continue reading

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Harkin, Braley tout minimum wage hike

August 4, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson For the second time in four months, Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Bruce Braley have visited a central Iowa business to highlight their support for increasing the minimum wage. Their Sunday stop in … Continue reading

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NEW MSHA COAL DUST RULE: A MAJOR STEP TO END BLACK LUNG

Black lung kills. Since 1968, more than 76,000 coal miners have died from this deadly lung disease caused by exposure to coal dust. Thousands more have been disabled, unable to breathe as the dust destroys their lungs. This deadly disease … Continue reading

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Alliance for Retired Americans Endorse Appel

Coalition of supporters continues to grow DES MOINES – Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) candidate for Congress in the 3rd district announced the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) during an event commemorating the 49th anniversary of Medicare becoming law. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Employee Empowerment Act

  July 30, 2014   Once again, Representatives Keith Ellison and John L. Lewis are leading in the fight to improve the lives of millions of hardworking Americans. The Employee Empowerment Act represents a crucial step towards ensuring that all … Continue reading

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INVESTORS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURTS TO PREVENT CORPORATE WRONGDOING

    In America’s workers are the foundation of a sustainable and thriving economy and financial system. The hard-earned money of America’s families invested in retirement accounts, union pension funds and their children’s education powers our financial markets.   Financial … Continue reading

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America Must Invest In Infrastructure Or Risk Becoming Uncompetitive

  Political gridlock has turned the United States from the nation that led every major advance in public economic development—in rail and transit, roads, sewers, utilities, aviation, shipping and so much more—into a nation that can’t find the will to … Continue reading

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OPPOSE THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

  There is once again a serious effort underway to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Although Congress has considered federal balanced budget amendments in the past, such efforts always have failed to achieve the necessary … Continue reading

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Archer Daniels settles CWA violations at five large oil storage plants across U.S.

LENEXA, KS, July 30, 2014 — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a major food processing and commodities trading company headquartered in Decatur, Ill., has agreed to settle allegations of Clean Water Act (CWA) violations at five different large oil storage … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Metropolitan Opera Workers

July 31, 2014   The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is one of the most renowned operas in the world, and it has thrived thanks to union labor. Fifteen of the Met’s sixteen union contracts expire tonight at midnight.  … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

  July 31, 2014   From raising wages to workplace protections, President Obama is showing strong leadership where it’s needed most. Today’s executive order is a common sense measure that will make our contracting system fairer. Preventing tax dollars from … Continue reading

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ARA Report

Alliance Kicks Off Medicare Turns 50 Campaign With Events Across the Country On Wednesday, Alliance members held more than 50 events in cities across the country in honor of Medicare’s 49th anniversary. The celebrations kicked off the Medicare Turns 50 … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO and Labor Community Honor the Life and Work of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney University of Ulster Establishes a Peace Studies Scholarship in His Name

    WASHINGTON, DC—John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, was honored last night at a reception hosted by the AFL-CIO, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) and the American labor community.   The event recognized Mr. Sweeney’s lifelong advocacy … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: Keeping our promise to seniors

Des Moines Register By Staci Appel July 31, 2014 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2014/08/01/keeping-promise-seniors/13448253/ This week we celebrate the 49th anniversary of signing Medicare into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. When the bill was passed, nearly half of all seniors had no health … Continue reading

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