Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

OUR OPINION: Stand up for decent wages or watch the middle class melt away

Des Moines, Iowa – As tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the “fight for $15″ this week, the country’s low-wage workers took center stage. Iowa is ground zero for this battle – or should be.  Democrats must … Continue reading

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State spending inequity: An insidious shift in priorities

If the people of Iowa could vote on where to increase state spending, they probably would put education and natural resources at the top of the list. Yet the Legislature’s priorities aren’t always the same as the public’s. This year, … Continue reading

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Labor groups gear up to oppose trade deal

Labor unions in Iowa and the Quad-Cities are warning a pending trade deal will cost American jobs, and they’re stepping up their efforts as it gets closer to reaching Congress. Labor groups are working to galvanize their membership and work … Continue reading

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Here is your April 17th Friday Alert: ARA

Fiesta: Prescription Drug Costs May Increase Under Trans-Pacific Partnership Senior lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on a trade promotion authority bill to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Two Republicans — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 20 Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass. – 1912 Ludlow massacre: Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 … Continue reading

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