Daily Archives: July 27, 2015

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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Which legislators will abandon bipartisan compromise to increase local school funding?

  Deadline for local legislators to call for special session less than a week away   Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As … Continue reading

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President Obama Must Address Worker and Human Rights in East Africa

  Statement by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre on President Obama’s Visit to East Africa  We call on President Obama to address ongoing worker and human rights conditions in Kenya, Ethiopia, and the East Africa region.  During his visit, … Continue reading

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