Daily Archives: July 1, 2015

On July 30, 2015, Medicare will celebrate 50 years since it was signed into law.

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The Medicare Rights Center is counting down to this historic anniversary by making 50 wishes for Medicare’s future.  The first five were sent out earlier. In those 50 years, Medicare has provided guaranteed health benefits to millions of older adults and people with disabilities. Today, 54 million … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Takes Case That Could Devastate Public Union Finances

By Doug Cunningham The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday decided to take on a case that could potentially devastate public union finances. Friedrichs v. California seeks to overturn the right of public unions to require all members who receive the benefits … Continue reading

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Trumka: July Wage Increases Proof That Raising Wages Agenda Advancing

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka praising the actions that have led to the minimum wage increasing in Maryland, Missouri, Chicago, Washington, DC, Portland, OR and one major corporation effective today. Today, paychecks for working men and women will inch … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON MT. PLEASANT AND CLARINDA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE LAYOFFS AND SHUTDOWNS

 DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement about the shutdown of Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes: “Last night, at midnight, the Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes closed their doors … Continue reading

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Labor History

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July 01 The American Flint Glass workers union is formed, headquartered in Pittsburgh.  It was to merge into the Steelworkers 140 years later, in 2003 – 1873 Steel workers in Cleveland begin what was to be an 88-week strike against … Continue reading

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