Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

Iowa JobWatch: August Pothole in Job Path

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Nonfarm Jobs Stumble but Jobless Rate Improves; Still, Long-Term Trend of Slow Growth in Iowa Jobs IOWA CITY, Iowa — While Iowa nonfarm jobs dropped slightly, by 800 in August, the state unemployment rate also dipped, to 3.7 percent, according … Continue reading

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Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit over Branstad closing mental health facilities

Polk County District Court Judge Douglas Staskal ruled yesterday that a lawsuit challenging Governor Terry Branstad’s line-item vetoes of mental health facility funding can move forward. A group of Democratic state legislators and AFSCME, Iowa’s largest public employee union, filed … Continue reading

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Iowa Alliance for Retired American’s elect a new president

The delegates at the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans’ Conference, elected Midge Slater as their new president. Slater was previously the Executive Director for the Iowa ARA. She is a retiree from the CWA union. Jan Laue was the most … Continue reading

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Democrats ask feds to block Medicaid privatization

Two leading Democratic legislators are asking federal administrators to block Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to turn the state’s Medicaid program over to private companies. Sens. Amanda Ragan and Liz Mathis contend that Branstad is trying to make the shift too … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stop demonizing Americans using food assistance

Although the GOP presidential debates have featured little discussion about poor Americans, politicians have numerous options for helping them. From increasing the minimum wage to tax credits to funding libraries, there’s an action every politician can get behind. Wisconsin Gov. … Continue reading

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Iowans should ignore Walker, strengthen unions

Labor unions have consistently been under attack by the far right, and Gov. Scott Walker’s recent column was the latest in his attempt to deride unions and attack workers, to cover up his own dreadful economic record. Iowans should ignore these … Continue reading

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Poverty Stubborn, Income Stagnant — But Good Signs as Health Coverage Jumps in Iowa Following Reform New Census data provide picture of what Iowa families are facing

Poverty Stubborn, Income Stagnant — But Good Signs as Health Coverage Jumps in Iowa Following Reform New Census data provide picture of what Iowa families are facing   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 17, 2015) — New Census data offer a mixed … Continue reading

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We are excited to announce the 2015 Inductees into the East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are excited to announce the 2015 Inductees into the East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet! Brother Tom Moritz United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 431 (Posthumous Award) Sister … Continue reading

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Labor History

September 19 Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. – 1885 Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981 Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, … Continue reading

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