Daily Archives: January 12, 2015

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Rep. Van Hollen’s Action Plan to Address Income Inequality

January 12, 2015   Congressman Chris Van Hollen is showing the kind of leadership that has become far too rare in Washington, DC today. Many of the policy prescriptions he outlined today are part of the blueprint to seriously addressing … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Report: Failed Trade Policy Contributed to Unaccompanied Minors Crisis

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Report finds strong correlation between CAFTA, failed migration policies and increased militarization and recent displacement of women and children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America http://go.aflcio.org/HondurasReport (Washington, DC, January 12, 2015) – A new, eye-opening report issued by the … Continue reading

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Jochums and Gronstal’s opening remarks

Senate President Pam Jochum’s Opening Day Address Good morning.   Welcome to the 2015 session of the 86th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature. I especially want to welcome the 7 new members of the Senate: Senators Chaz Allen, Mark … Continue reading

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Rethink Iowa tax policy

As the 2015 Iowa legislative session nears, many news stories have pointed out budget challenges posed by the state’s expensive commitments to fund local property tax cuts. Seemingly unrelated stories have noted — approvingly — that Iowa has completed its … Continue reading

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2015 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

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Good morning Mr. Speaker.  Good morning distinguished members of the Iowa House. Let me welcome the new members of this body and welcome back all of you who have served before. First, let me say I’m humbled to be leader … Continue reading

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Overtime Pay Rule Needs ‘Bold’ Action, says Trumka

President Barack Obama needs to “go bold” with the upcoming revision of overtime pay rules expected shortly from the U.S. Department of Labor, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In the video above, he says: Raising wages is the issue of our … Continue reading

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Tax Hikes On the Table as 2015 Session Opens Today

January 12, 2015 – John Michaelson, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund approved by Iowa voters in 2010 remains unfunded but that could soon change with 2015 session, … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on President’s Community College Proposal

January 9, 2015 The future for millions of young Americans got a little brighter today when the President announced his plan to ensure every student can afford to attend a quality community college. All public education should be free. No … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 12 Novelist Jack London is born. His classic definition of a scab—someone who would cross a picket line and take a striker’s job: “After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, the vampire, He had some awful substance left … Continue reading

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