Daily Archives: February 12, 2015

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Newly Elected Greek Government’s Economic Policy

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February 12, 2015 The AFL-CIO joins with the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), our German union counterparts and unions from around the world in supporting the effort by the newly elected Greek government to open up economic and social prospects for the … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler on the Healthy Families Act

February 12, 2015 In the State of the Union last month, President Obama highlighted the importance of providing hardworking families with paid sick time. Today, Congress is taking the first step towards giving workers the leave they deserve with the … Continue reading

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Rally to Raise the Wage Iowa

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AFL-CIO: Congress Don’t Break Workers Hearts with Bad Trade Deals

Labor federation sending Congress Valentine’s Day Messages on Trade (February 12, 2015) In honor of Valentine’s Day, the AFL-CIO is sending Members of Congress a special message urging them to reject “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (also known as TPA). … Continue reading

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Save the Children

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On Monday, February 16th at Drake University in Des Moines, Save the Children Action Network is Hosting an exciting event in your community – a local screening of the PBS special, A Path Appears. This amazing documentary, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning … Continue reading

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South Central CLC endorses Blake for DSM School Board

Dear members of the Des Moines Public School Board, I would like to encourage you to consider Nathan Blake as your appointee to the DMPS Board of directors.  By a unanimous decision of the Delegates of the South Central Iowa … Continue reading

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Representative Bruce Hunter on the Middle Class

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Thank you Mister Speaker. Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, I would like to welcome you to the 2015 Session of the 87th General Assembly. Over the past couple of days we have heard from the Speaker, the Majority Leader … Continue reading

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Branstad appointee fires judge who testified about pressure

The new Iowa Workforce Development director has fired an administrative law judge who alleged that Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration undermined judicial independence in the agency that decides whether unemployed workers get jobless benefits. Susan Ackerman, an unemployment benefits appeals judge … Continue reading

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Petersen: Branstad firing of whistle blower is “shameful”

“The decision by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration to fire another whistle blower is shameful and disgusting. It is particularly disturbing because I sent a letter last fall to the Governor asking for assurance that the Branstad-Reynolds Administration would not take retaliatory … Continue reading

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Three Days to Deadline: Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: The Sunday deadline is rapidly approaching for Iowans to sign up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Photo credit: College of DuPage Newsroom/Flickr. DES MOINES, Iowa – There are … Continue reading

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IFP News: No income taxes, big checks from state

Lucrative program lets big companies erase taxes, and get extra in checks IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 11, 2015) — More companies are benefiting from a lucrative tax subsidy that permits large, profitable corporations to get checks from the state without … 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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