Monthly Archives: July 2015

Corporate Outsiders Attempt to Crush Cedar Rapids Standards

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When Ingredion Inc., headquartered in West Chester, Ill., purchased the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Penford Products plant this spring, company officials said that for the immediate future, there would not be drastic changes. However, contentious negotiations that began June 1, 2015 … Continue reading

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Medicare turns 50; don’t turn back clock

July 30 is the 50th birthday of Medicare, a program that is a cornerstone of retirement security in America. This landmark occasion is the perfect time to examine the legacy of the program and reflect upon the positive impact it … Continue reading

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Medicare Plays Vital Role in Long-Term Financial Security of Working Families

On today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: The AFL-CIO’s commitment to helping working people achieve a better life includes wholehearted support for Medicare, which helps seniors lead healthier, more financially secure lives. Medicare … Continue reading

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Mental health treatment must be available to Iowans

Public safety and medical professionals say Iowa has a mental health crisis. Legislators have been tackling that problem by improving the way mental health services are provided in our state. This year, we took steps to: Make more emergency psychiatric … Continue reading

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Join in Protest of Walker Visit

A Meet and Greet with Governor Scott Walker in Glenwood, Iowa on Friday, July 31, 2015 A Meet and Greet with Governor Scott Walker in Glenwood, Iowa on Friday, July 31, 2015 When: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:15 AM … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Launches Plan for Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice

Internal Labor Conversations Around Racism Will Begin in September (Washington, DC, July 29) – This week as part of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the AFL-CIO Commission on Racial and Economic Justice held its first meeting.  The meeting was an opportunity … Continue reading

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Deadline approaching to reverse governor’s vetoes

We’ve joined the call for a special legislative session to reverse Governor Branstad’s vetoes of bipartisan funding for schools, colleges and universities, and mental health treatment. Governor Branstad’s claim that fiscal responsibility required the vetoes doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Announces New Executive Council Members

  [Washington, DC, July 28, 2015]  — Today, the AFL-CIO announced the addition of four new members to its Executive Council: Chris Shelton, president of CWA; Lonnie Stephenson, president of IBEW; Joe Sellers, general president of SMART; and Eric Dean, … Continue reading

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Tuition hike likely because of steps taken by legislative Republicans and Governor Branstad

  “Another good reason to override Governor’s education vetoes”   The agenda for next week’s meeting of the Iowa Board of Regents includes a proposal to increase spring tuition for all undergraduate students by 3 percent.   Senator Jeff Danielson … Continue reading

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Progressive Policy and Politics Drive AFL-CIO Executive Meeting

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council meeting taking place this week on July 29th and 30th in Silver Spring, MD:   The Executive Council of the AFL-CIO is meeting this week to strategize and coalesce … Continue reading

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Penford Union supporters hold peaceful informational picket

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tensions are rising between Ingredion Inc. and the Penford employee union. Supporters met outside of the main office of the Penford Plant for an informational picket Monday, with the objective of letting the public know about Ingredion’s … Continue reading

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ICYMI: “Mental Health in Crisis” Following Branstad MHI Closures

Branstad Approval Hits a “Low Point” Following His Unilateral Decision to Shutter Two Mental Health Institutes Key Point #1: Gov. Terry Branstad’s veto this month of mental health compromise legislation that would have salvaged the hospital facilities in Mt. Pleasant … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Condemns State Department’s Upgrade of Malaysia on Trafficking List

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the U.S. Government upgrading of Malaysia on its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  This decision is wrong and outrageous. It is a political decision that undermines the integrity of the TIP Report … Continue reading

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PENFORD INFORMATIONAL PICKET

  The Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO will hold an informational picket at the Penford plant in Cedar Rapids Iowa @ 4:00 PM on Monday July 27th. The picket will take place in front of the main office on the side … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PRESIDENT DANNY HOMAN RE-ELECTED

DES MOINES, IA – Yesterday, at the 19th Biennial Convention of AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Danny Homan was re-elected as President of AFSCME Iowa Council 61 by acclamation. “I am honored by our membership’s decision to place their trust in … Continue reading

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Restoring School Funding Tool Kit

  A key compromise of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature was the approval of 55.7 million in one-time funding for Iowa’s local schools.  The Iowa Legislature, which approved this funding, can reverse Governor Branstad’s veto.  Urge your legislator … Continue reading

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Ensuring top-notch health care for vulnerable Iowans

  This next week marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 1965. Today, Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Proposals are Important, Positive Steps for the Raising Wages Agenda

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the introduction of the Pay Workers a Living Wage Act and the New York State Wage Board recommendation that fast food workers’ minimum wage be increased to $15 an hour: In the past … Continue reading

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Residents rally in support of minimum wage increase

Dozens of activists gathered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services Building on Thursday, waving signs and leading chants at a rally in support of raising the minimum wage. “I think it’s important for folks to understand that there … Continue reading

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