Daily Archives: March 18, 2015

“The budget plan put forward by House Republicans today is a frontal assault on the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities and working Americans.

“The budget plan put forward by House Republicans today is a frontal assault on the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities and working Americans. It would privatize critical aspects of Medicare, gut Medicaid and drastically reduce support for persons with … Continue reading

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Unions and Education under attack

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor This week we saw the passage in the Iowa House HF549, a bill that would change collective bargaining rules for school employees, both teachers and support staff.  Why did this happen?  This … Continue reading

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National Women’s Political Caucus Calls Upon Senate Leadership to Confirm Loretta Lynch Nomination

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Washington, D.C. – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch’s nomination as U.S. Attorney General. Lynch is well-qualified for the position and has previously been unanimously confirmed by the Senate … Continue reading

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Moral Monday Iowa – Poverty

The Moral Monday Iowa meeting, March 16, addressed poverty and the consensus was that raising the minimum wage will help, but not solve poverty in Iowa. Representative Sally Stutsman said that there is one bill in the Iowa Legislature that … Continue reading

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Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka Peterson Institute for International Economics

“U.S. Trade Policy and American Workers: Finding the Elusive Win-Win Solution” Washington, District of Columbia March 18, 2015   Thank you, Adam, for your kind words, and I’d like to thank you and the Peterson Institute for inviting me to … Continue reading

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St. Patrick And Mother Jones

March 17, 2015 | Author Trish Nelson Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This article reminds us of the history of Irish immigrants and their important role in the labor movement. ibew.org/articles/irishroots Often overlooked, one of Ireland’s most important contributions to the … Continue reading

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Opening Statement from Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines) on Republican Bill to Blame Teachers (HF 549)

“Instead of funding our schools, Republicans are blaming teachers. It’s a distraction they are using so Iowans won’t pay attention to their plan to underfund our k-12 schools. Iowa is already behind in school funding at $1,612 below the per … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 19 U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an eight-hour workday, with overtime pay, for interstate railway workers. Congress passed the law a year earlier to avert a nationwide rail strike … Continue reading

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Statehouse Showdown: House GOP Launch St. Patrick’s Day Attack on Workers Rights

There’s no green beer in sight at the Statehouse this evening, but Iowa House Republicans appear drunk on partisanship with their latest push to slash workers’ collective bargaining rights. Republicans brought House File 549 to the full floor late Tuesday … Continue reading

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