Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Key Senators ask feds to stop or slow down Branstad’s rush to privatize health care for at-risk Iowans

This release and letter to Federal CMS can be found at bit.ly DES MOINES — The state Senators responsible for health care policy and funding have asked Obama Administration officials to stop or significantly slow down Governor Branstad’s massive effort … Continue reading

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Johnson County Becomes 1st Iowa County to Pass Minimum Wage Increase City of Solon become 1st City in US History to lower the minimum wage

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After failures by the US Congress and Iowa State legislature to raise the minimum wage, Johnson County Supervisors voted unanimously to raise minimum wage for its residents last Wednesday September 10th. The increase would be phased in over three stages … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Makes Right Rate Decision for Working People

In response to the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: We are pleased that the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates unchanged. We know the economic recovery still has not reached working … Continue reading

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Labor Jam

The Second Annual Labor Jam will be held September 26, at the Union Labor Park in Des Moines. This year’s Jam will include five bands: Status; Brother Bailey Band; Harold Waits; Sugar Mountain and SP3. The music will start at … Continue reading

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President Trumka’s Remarks on The WAGE Act

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September 16, 2015 Thank you all for being here today. To all of our friends and allies standing with us and especially to Senator Murray and Congressman Scott, for your leadership on this important piece of legislation. Before I begin, … Continue reading

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Defeat of Right to Work is a Win for Working Families

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the defeat of Missouri’s Right-to-Work bill:   Governor Nixon’s veto of right to work legislation in Missouri sends a message loud and clear that working men and women will not sit back while … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 18 The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is formally founded at an Ohio convention, during a period of serious corruption in the union. Two years earlier at an IBT convention in Las Vegas, a union reform leader who … Continue reading

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Solon City Council rejects county minimum wage increase

Six days after the Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage across Johnson County, the Solon City Council voted unanimously to opt out of the wage increase and maintain the current rate of $7.25 per hour. … Continue reading

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