Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

In deposition, Branstad says donors tied to ‘pink slime’ uproar complained about workers’ comp

DES MOINES, Iowa — The founders of a beef company who were major donors to Gov. Terry Branstad’s campaign were among the business leaders who raised concerns about a state official the governor later tried to force out, according to … Continue reading

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AFSCME LOCAL 2985 TO DONATES $825 TO NATIONAL VETERANS TEE TOURNAMENT

CORALVILLE – Today, AFSCME Local 2985 presented an $825 donation to the National Veterans TEE Tournament at an event at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. “As Americans, we owe so much to our veterans, especially those that are disabled. … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on GOP Efforts to Weaken Worker Rights

March 19, 2015   Today’s vote by House Republicans against the NLRB’s common-sense modernization of its election rules is a direct attack on workers and their right to be heard in the workplace.   Working men and women want an … Continue reading

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Iowans right to be nervous about Gov. Branstad’s rush privatize $4.2 billion worth of our health care

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans. They are the most vulnerable people in our state, including … Continue reading

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Trumka argues trade policy needs to focus on benefiting workers

A top labor leader said Wednesday that U.S. trade policy isn’t helping workers and that a broader discussion is needed to design a better approach. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said global trade agreements must provide benefits to American workers and … Continue reading

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Iowa House Republicans pass collective bargaining changes for school employees

DES MOINES — Following debate that spanned two days, Republicans in the Iowa House on Wednesday approved a measure that would change the collective bargaining process for teachers and other school employees. Currently, arbitrators assigned to disputes between the teachers … Continue reading

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Making sure Gov. Branstad’s rush to privatize doesn’t hurt Iowans needing care

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 Remarks on Senate File 452, approved 50-0 on March 18, 2015 By Senator Amanda Ragan, Chair of the Human Services Budget Subcommittee   As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 20 Michigan authorizes formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen are formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating “cooperation” over “competitive” capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the … Continue reading

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