Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mark Smith, House Democratic Leader

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Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry … Continue reading

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Editorial: By closing state institutions, Branstad tests constitution

The question of a governor’s spending authority came up at an Oct. 8 court hearing in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Terry Branstad’s unilateral action closing two state mental hospitals. If the governor can shut down hospitals with a stroke of … Continue reading

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CLC Labor Endorsed Candidates

Go Vote – November 3 Blackhawk Union Council Robbie Hadaway Waterloo City Council, Ward 2 UAW Chris Schwartz Waterloo City Council, Ward 4 Clinton Labor Congress Jax Saxon Camanche City Council, At-Large USW Paul Gassman Clinton City Council, 4th Ward … Continue reading

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Branstad has a casual relationship with facts

In his Oct. 21 letter discussing education [Branstad: Education facts speak for themselves], Gov. Terry Branstad proved once again that he has a casual relationship with the facts. He uses the ones he likes, ignores those he doesn’t and completely … Continue reading

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Branstad’s salary has increased in 20 years, too

In his letter to the editor Oct. 21 [Branstad: Education facts speak for themselves], Gov. Terry Branstad gave a long list of amounts of educational spending and teacher salaries of today compared with 20 years ago. All his numbers were larger today. What a … Continue reading

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Vilsack praises working people, Clinton

  With Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as keynote speaker, five people were inducted into the East Central Iowa-Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame during the 24th annual banquet held Friday at the Radisson Quad-City Plaza in Davenport. Speaking before … Continue reading

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In bid to privatize, governor shortchanges vulnerable

I don’t know about you, but I feel played. By my governor, and yours. It’s not a good feeling, this distrust and disenchantment, especially over something that is all but a done deal now barring federal intervention. But how else … Continue reading

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Editorial: Iowa’s school-funding process is broken, illegal and short-sighted

Nothing is more important to Iowans than their children’s future. Nothing is more vital to the state’s economic health than quality schools. And nothing consumes more state tax dollars than Iowa’s K-12 education system. And yet, year in and year … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 26 After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly … Continue reading

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Take Action: Urge your Member of Congress to Sponsor the 9/11 Health Bill

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Call your representatives in Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, HR. 1786/ S. 928. Tell them that “Remember 9/11” should be more than a bumper sticker! Not sure who your representatives are? Type … Continue reading

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What Does Labor Want?

Being that Iowa is one of the first four states to cast their preferences in the 2016 Presidential Race, the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO gets a lot of phone calls from reporters that ask some variation of the question, … Continue reading

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Branstad cherry-picks facts on education

The governor’s letter to the editor on education (Oct. 20) was classic Branstad double-talk. He cites concern about the decline of Iowa schools, without taking any responsibility despite being governor for 21 years. He talks about an increase in basic … Continue reading

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USTR Must End Secrecy Surrounding TTIP Negotiations

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(Washington, DC October 23, 2015) – On a conference call today, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX); Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lorette Picciano, Executive Director of the Rural Coalition and Thea Lee, AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of … Continue reading

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Dubuque Federation of Labor to Host Dubuque Working Families Summit

On Saturday, November 7th, the Dubuque Federation of Labor, AFLCIO, will host a day-long program, “Working Families Summit” at Northeast Iowa Community College Downtown Dubuque Campus from 10am – 4PM The program will include a day of action, break-out sessions, … Continue reading

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America’s economy has swung out of balance.

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It’s getting harder to get by, let alone get ahead. Everyday Americans are working more than ever before. Our work has created record wealth for an economic recovery that’s been everywhere but ordinary peoples’ wallets. Our economic rules unfairly favor … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Labor Unions Will Prevail

If — as so many Republicans, reactionaries and Chamber of Commerce minions would have us believe — the American labor movement is more or less dead in the water, then there would be no reason to spend hundreds of million … Continue reading

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Quaker Oats union ready for labor talks

The relationship between Quaker Oats/PepsiCo and the union that represents 698 of 700 employees at the company’s plant in Cedar Rapids is viewed as a positive for negotiations on a new four-year contract. Members of Retail, Wholesale & Department Store … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 24 The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier – 1940 U.S. minimum wage increases to 40¢ an hour – 1945 October 25 What many believe to … Continue reading

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Shots Fired in Branstad’s War on Education

Last week, Governor Branstad decided to blame school district superintendents for what he views as poor performance in Iowa schools. From an article in the Des Moines Register: “We gave all this across-the-board money with no accountability and Iowa kind … Continue reading

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Hundreds confront regents over new University of Iowa president

About 500 protestors marched into the Board of Regents meeting on the University of Iowa campus Wednesday, holding signs and demanding that each member be dismissed, along with the president they hired to lead the institution – J. Bruce Harreld. … Continue reading

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