Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Don’t Forget: Tuesday is Election Day! Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day, and seniors in every state will be affected by the results. If right-wing extremists take over both houses of Congress, then Social Security and Medicare will be direct … Continue reading

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9 Iowa values that Joni Ernst opposes

This column is a follow-up to two columns last week that endorsed Joni Ernst. Joni Ernst claims she will bring “Iowa values” to Washington. This sounds nice in a sound bite, but how do Ernst’s actual positions live up to … Continue reading

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Ernst’s Obama criticism at odds with military law

I am a Vietnam War veteran who was a military policeman in DaNang in 1970-71. In early 1972, our president tried to quell inflation by implementing a temporary wage and price freeze over the nation that affected the military. There … Continue reading

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Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council helps get out the vote

The Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council has been going around various work sites in Iowa, providing a free lunch and some political information. The Trades bought a trailer and converted it into a food cart they take around … Continue reading

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One Year Later: A Vote for Steve King or Joni Ernst is a Vote for Another Government Shutdown

Des Moines, Iowa – One year ago, Congressman Steve King and members of the Republican Party shut down the federal government at an enormous cost. Their actions roiled the country as federal workers were furloughed, national parks were closed, and … Continue reading

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Dear Ms. Ernst,

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  You recently said that a federal minimum wage was “ridiculous.” A policy that protects tens of millions of American workers and whose erosion due to Congressional passivity has left 200,000+ Iowans making less today, adjusted for inflation, than low­wage … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 31 George Henry Evans publishes the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in … Continue reading

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Grassley and Harkin Call on Postal Service to Ensure All Absentee Ballots are Counted

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today called on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to make all possible effort to ensure that Iowa absentee ballots are counted. Specifically, the senators issued a letter to … Continue reading

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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you’ve researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you’ve either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don’t feel like you’ve done enough to make sure that … Continue reading

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‘Meet Labor’s Endorsed Candidates’ moved

‘Meet Labor’s Endorsed Candidates’ moved  The Dubuque Federation of Labor’s “Meet Labor’s Endorsed Candidates” event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today will be held at the Labor Temple, 1610 Garfield Ave. Due to a scheduling conflict at the UAW hall, … Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama is fired up and wants to see you this Saturday!

As Election Day is rapidly approaching, we need your help in making sure folks get to the polls! Details below: http://action.cheribustos.com/page/s/FLOTUS-rally For entry, tickets must be picked up in advance. Tickets will be available for pick-up between 9am and 9pm Thursday and Friday at … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Denounces Wayne Williams Unfounded Attacks on Colorado Election Laws

(Washington, DC, October, 30, 2014) – During a Tuesday night interview on Fox News, Wayne Williams, the County Clerk for Colorado’s El Paso County and GOP candidate for Secretary of State, attempted to discredit new Colorado voting laws that led … Continue reading

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Harkin: Braley would continue Iowa’s balance in Senate

This column is a followup to two columns last week that endorsed Joni Ernst in the U.S. Senate race. I want to thank you, my fellow Iowans, for the honor of representing you in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. … Continue reading

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Iowa AFL-CIO REACHING THOUSANDS THROUGH ON THE GROUND EFFORTS

Union members turning out the vote to protect important issues   Des Moines – Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, announced today that their program, which began in August, is well on track to complete over … Continue reading

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Help for victims of domestic violence

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 09:43 AM PDT October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and break down stereotypes about domestic violence. Domestic violence knows no cultural or economic barriers. According to the Iowa Attorney General’s office, … Continue reading

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2 years after the Korea trade agreement, Braley’s no vote proves wise

During the first two years of the U.S.-Korea “free trade” agreement, the United States’ agricultural exports to Korea fell, Korean imports of automobiles soared and the trade deficit exploded 50 percent. Using the official U.S. government export-to-job ratio, the huge … Continue reading

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Strengthening Pathways to the Middle Class:

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The Cost of Living in Iowa Strengthening Pathways to the Middle Class: The Role of Work Supports Make a few cents more per hour, or add hours or a second job, and you might just find you have fewer resources … Continue reading

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Want to do your part in getting friends and family out to vote for pro-working family candidates this November?

Want to do your part in getting friends and family out to vote for pro-working family candidates this November? Sign up for the Workers’ Voice Friends and Neighbors (FAN) online social phone bank tool that just launched in Iowa.   … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 30 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers “in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns” to try to catch them using drugs … Continue reading

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New FEC Complaint Calls Out Widespread Illegal Coordination By Republican Groups

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a supplemental complaint with the FEC against numerous Republican political campaigns and state parties, in addition to Data Trust, the RNC, American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, and i360, alleging … Continue reading

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