Daily Archives: June 8, 2015

State action on minimum wage long overdue

The 2015 Iowa Legislature is leaving a legacy of inaction on issues critical to working families, highlighted by its refusal to raise the minimum wage. As low wages drag down the economy, this failure to increase the minimum wage deals … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Ramps Up Pressure in Key Districts Ahead of Fast Track Vote

Fight for Working Families Hits Television, Radio, Digital   (Washington, DC)  – The AFL-CIO is ramping up efforts to stop Fast Track with a targeted advertising blitz against undecided members of Congress. The ads reflect the sentiment of working families … Continue reading

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Will TPP Kill The Post Office?

Corporations are notorious for sneaking things into laws and regulations before the public can find out and rally to stop it. And we know from the conservative Supreme Court arguments against the Affordable Care Act that even what amounts to … Continue reading

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Contact Blum on TPP

According to this article (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/241114-whip-list-dems-bucking-obama-on-trade), Rod Blum is leaning toward voting Yes on TPP. If you have not done so, please contact his office and share your concerns about TPP: 1. Gives President too much authority 2. Abrogates Congress Authority … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

Medicare Turns 50: A Special New Website Marks a Half-Century of Health Care for Seniors The Alliance is pleased to launch www.medicare50th.org. Click on the link to read the personal stories of what Medicare has meant to several Alliance members … Continue reading

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It’s time to give America a raise – The Iowa Daily Democrat

Nearly everyone is talking about income inequality, the growing disparity in earnings and wealth between average Americans and the super-rich. Even some Republicans are discussing it, even though it’s their “trickle down” economic policies that have created it. By almost … Continue reading

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Legislature’s gas tax fight ‘seemed to…suck the oxygen out of the building’

The just-concluded 2015 Iowa legislative session will likely be remembered for one thing: lawmakers raised the state gas tax by a dime a gallon. Scott Newhard of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa has been lobbying for an increase in … Continue reading

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Senate Dems Legislative Reports

Senate Dems Pam Jochum’s closing statement Mike Gronstal’s closing statement

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2015 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks

By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith   Today, we end the 2015 session of the Iowa General Assembly and return to our homes and to our communities.   Last January, I quoted Willa Cather in my opening remarks when she … Continue reading

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President Trumka Lauds Clinton’s Voter Rights Overhaul Plan

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to Hillary Clinton’s Voting Rights Platform:   The labor movement strongly supports Hillary Clinton’s plan to implement sweeping changes to U.S. election and voting laws. This takes our country in the right … Continue reading

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Q-Cer guides IBEW future

The hands guiding the 725,000-member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers got started wiring Quad-City homes and businesses. Lonnie Stephenson’s career with the IBEW began as a Quad-City apprentice in the 1970s, continued as the Local 145 business manager, then Midwest … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 8 A battle between the Militia and striking miners at Dunnville, Colo., ended with six union members dead and 15 taken prisoner. Seventy-nine of the strikers were deported to Kansas two days later – 1904 Spectator mine disaster kills 168, … Continue reading

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