Daily Archives: February 2, 2015

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Infrastructure Proposals in President Obama’s FY2016 Budget

President Obama’s budget proposal to increase infrastructure investment is an important step in the right direction. But it does not go nearly far enough. Our economy needs trillions of dollars in investment to drive the productivity growth vital to raising … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Obama’s FY2016 Budget

In the State of the Union, President Obama forcefully advocated for working families and the bold actions we need to create an economy that truly works for all working people. His budget follows through with a number of proposals that would … Continue reading

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Union leader says closing MHI’s will put violent predators in nursing homes

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 By Radio Iowa Contributor AFSCME president Danny Homan (file photo) The head of the union that represents workers at the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant says the governor’s plan to close Clarinda will mean some violent “predators” … Continue reading

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Robert Reich takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Koch Brothers Exposed

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Congress Expected to Act Today on Preventing Veterans Suicide

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: Veterans in Iowa and across the country could gain access to improved mental health services, with Congress expected to pass legislation today aimed at preventing suicide among former service members. Photo credit: James McCauley/Flickr. … Continue reading

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Strengthen our middle class by ensuring Iowans get paid for their work

All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. Iowa’s wage theft laws are so weak that they are … Continue reading

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What do our local schools need?

Iowa’s future depends on high-quality local schools. That’s why we’re working hard to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. The Republican-led Iowa House … Continue reading

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Positive Note Ends Soft Year in Iowa Jobs 45,000 Job Deficit Remains in Iowa’s Sluggish Recovery

Iowa JobWatch — January 2015 Issued Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Iowa nonfarm jobs rose in December as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent to 4.1 percent. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen: … Continue reading

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Benefit set for UAW bookkeeper in treatment for brain tumor

WATERLOO | It was a headache unlike any she’d had. Anne Doztler left work and headed for home where she placed ice packs on her head to dull the pounding pain of what she thought was a migraine. “It was … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 02 Three hundred newsboys organize to protest a cut in pay by the Minneapolis Tribune – 1917 Legal secretary Iris Rivera fired for refusing to make coffee; secretaries across Chicago protest – 1977 The 170-day lockout (although management called … Continue reading

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