Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Budget Deal Protecting Social Security and Medicare Beneficiaries Passes U.S. House October 30, 2015 Congressional leaders and the White House announced on Monday that they had reached a deal to avert default and keep the government funded. Outgoing House Speaker … Continue reading

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LAWMAKERS REQUEST OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION ON MISCONDUCT IN MEDICAID PRIVATIZATION

Des Moines, IA — After new allegations surfaced yesterday about improper political influence during the award process for privatizing the state’s Medicaid program, four Iowa lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee today requested the committee investigate the matter at a … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 30 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers “in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns” to try to catch them using drugs … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit – Dubuque

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CAP Action, Progress Iowa to Host Iowa Women’s Economic Security Forum

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Des Moines, IA — Too many working families are struggling to make ends meet and to respond to the competing demands of work and family. Every day, women and men across Iowa confront impossible choices between ensuring their families are … Continue reading

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Grassley pressed to advance judicial nominees

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DES MOINES — “Justice delayed is justice denied,” Sue Dinsdale said Wednesday as she stood next to 21 empty chairs meant to symbolize the 21 federal judge nominees awaiting confirmation. Dinsdale was among a handful of protesters who stood outside the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Branstad’s Medicaid privatization is a reckless gamble

In his blind, headlong rush to privatize Medicaid and hand billions of public dollars over to a group of for-profit corporations, Gov. Terry Branstad has tripped over his own feet every step of the way. His initial mistake was in … Continue reading

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Uninsured Children Numbers Drop in Iowa

More U.S. children are getting healthcare coverage, and the rate in Iowa has improved above the national average. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. October 29, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa – Thanks to expanded health coverage opportunities, there are … Continue reading

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AFSCME LOCAL 2985 DONATES $1100 TO PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS

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CORALVILLE – Today, AFSCME Local 2985 presented an $1100 donation from their memorial fund to the Patriot Guard Riders at an event at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Steve Cox, the Patriot Guard Riders Iowa State Captain, was on … Continue reading

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Working People Praise Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement after the House reauthorized the Ex-Im Bank charter: The House has taken an important step to help ensure that American businesses and workers have the opportunity to compete successfully for export opportunities … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON LGBTQ YOUTH & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“This is another shameful Republican attack on LGBTQ youth and our public schools.  Rep. Kaufmann and Republican Leaders Upmeyer and Hagenow are simply looking for a phony excuse to kill the anti-bullying bill and shortchange funding for public schools again … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 29 Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto is strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners.  They were outraged over Goto’s work on … Continue reading

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The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, regarding the deal between Congressional leaders and the White House announced October 26 to avert default and keep the government funded:

“Movement to prevent a default and avert a government shutdown is welcome news for all Americans, but the deal is not perfect. “The Alliance for Retired Americans is relieved that this budget deal would protect millions of seniors from significant … Continue reading

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Help with adding state/local orgs to FAMILY Act letter to Congress

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I’m hoping you can help us beef up the FAMILY Act letter to Congress before our goal delivery date (Thursday, October 29). We are focusing on building the list of state groups to really demonstrate the vast and diverse support … Continue reading

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Forum on Women & Family Economic Security

YOU’RE INVITED Forum on Women & Family Economic Security Join leading local and state advocates, policymakers, and legislators on November 5th to announce a legislative agenda and call to action for Iowa women and working families. With the nation’s eyes … Continue reading

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Hawkeye Labor Council Donates Tents and Sleeping Bags to Homeless Veterans Project

On Monday, October 19, 2015, Hawkeye Labor Council Executive Director, Rick Moyle and member, Jay Larson joined Don Tyne, President of VALOR, Inc., at our local Gander Mountain store to take delivery of tents and sleeping bags for a special … Continue reading

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2015 National AFL-CIO United Way Endorsement and Renewed Partnership

The United Way has been one of our national partners for almost 75 years. Throughout those years we have had our differences, like most partners, but we worked through those differences and created a stronger relationship that will continue to … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO National Survey to Examine the Lives of Working Women

(Washington, DC, October 27, 2015) Today, the AFL-CIO released the National Survey of Working Women to capture a multifaceted picture of the lives of working women across the country, both union and nonunion.   The survey, developed under the guidance … Continue reading

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Standing with Families Impacted by Hurricane Patricia

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the need to protect and support Mexican nationals from regions affected by Hurricane Patricia   The AFL-CIO urges the U.S. government to halt removals and provide relief to individuals from the regions of … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 28 Union organizer and anarchist Luisa Capetillo is born in Ariecibo, Puerto Rico.  She organized tobacco and other agricultural workers in Puerto Rico and later in New York and Florida. In 1916 she led a successful sugar cane strike … Continue reading

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