Daily Archives: July 2, 2015

July 4th message from Danny Homan

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today is July 2nd. 239 years ago today, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence. The actual text of the Declaration of Independence was finalized and approved two days later, on July 4, 1776. At the … Continue reading

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Jobs Numbers Deceiving As Workers’ Wages Continue to Suffer

In response to the June Jobs report that showed no wage growth, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement:   Although the job growth in June is promising, the fact that there was zero wage growth is appalling. Workers … Continue reading

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Good news on state income strengthens case for Governor’s signature on bipartisan investments in Iowa’s future

Statement by Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Senate Budget Chair   DES MOINES — Governor Branstad should play close attention to today’s good news as he works to meet the July 6th deadline for action on budget bills approved by the Legislature. … Continue reading

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Trumka Denounces Administration’s Decision to Resume Military Aid to Bahrain

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Obama Administration’s decision to resume military aid to Bahrain despite its government’s failure to improve labor and human rights record:   We strongly disagree with the Obama’s Administration’s decision to resume military … Continue reading

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Expanding outdoor recreation in Iowa

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Iowa’s parks, recreation areas and open spaces contribute to our state’s environmental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing while bolstering the economy. A 2012 report on the Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa found that more than $3 billion … Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid to dream big, make a difference

Last week was a good week to be an American. Many others have said so, and who am I to argue? I submit, however, that the significance of last week’s events extends beyond the immediate, direct effects they will have … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 03 Children, employed in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., go on strike for 11-hour day and 6-day week. A compromise settlement resulted in a 69-hour work week – 1835 Feminist and labor activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman born in … Continue reading

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