Daily Archives: May 26, 2015

Editorial: Contact Obama administration to stop plan to privatize Medicaid

Medicaid provides health insurance to about 500,000 Iowans. For decades, the government program has been operated by the state, which is not beholden to shareholders. Spending has been held down by reducing fraud, paying lower reimbursements to providers and giving … Continue reading

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New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end … Continue reading

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The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, I voted to provide … Continue reading

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Elected officials should work for we the people.

Elected officials should work for we the people. That’s why Congressman David Young should vote no on Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  And, that’s why we need you to join us on Wednesday, May 27 to … Continue reading

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Statement of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Fast Track Vote

“Sixty-two Senators today turned their backs on working families by voting for Fast Track.  This bill, which failed to address even one of our six criteria for creating a more democratic and transparent trade negotiating process, will undermine efforts to raise wages … Continue reading

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State Historical Society—Home to Iowa Labor History and Interview Collections—is in Danger

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The Labor Collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) form one of the most important labor history collections in the U.S. and represent the shared heritage of the Iowa labor movement going back over a century. Iowa union … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Trans Pacific Partnership Threatens Medicare On Thursday, the Senate voted to end debate on giving President Obama “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be implemented without amendments. The House of Representatives Has … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 25 Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken – 1805 Philip Murray is born … Continue reading

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