Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

Finkenauer: Equal pay a winner for all Iowans

Two weeks ago, equal pay for women was voted the No. 1 issue at the latest in a series of “Give a Damn, Des Moines” events hosted by The Des Moines Register and the Des Moines Social Club. These events … Continue reading

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Branstad’s reckless Medicaid scheme amounts to gubernatorial malpractice

Des Moines, Iowa – Governor Branstad’s enormous Medicaid privatization is quickly turning into a colossal train wreck for Iowa’s most vulnerable population. That was obvious on Tuesday as the Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee heard testimony from more than 20 … Continue reading

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The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) came out this morning and it is a total disaster.

That is, unless you are one of the corporations that inserted into it anti-competitive, anti-consumer provisions favoring their industries. For them, it’s an early Christmas present. It means drug companies will be able to extend their monopoly pricing over new, … Continue reading

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Iowa AFL-CIO on Administration Releasing Text of TPP Deal

Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar made the following statement after the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text: For years, this trade deal has been negotiated in secret, finally today the public will have a chance to see the text … Continue reading

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Report: Women in the workforce benefit Iowa families

Median household income is up in Iowa, a development attributed to a growing number of women in the workforce, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. The report, released Thursday, shows real median household income grew … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships Provide a Path to Economic Security for Women and Young People

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In honor of National Apprenticeship Week and the first National Women in Apprenticeship Day, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler released the following statement:   With the cost of higher education continuing to soar and the economy recovering at a snail’s pace, … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 06 French transport worker and socialist Eugene Pottier dies in Paris at age 71. In 1871 he authored “L’Internationale,” the anthem to international labor solidarity, the first verse of which begins: “Stand up, damned of the Earth; Stand up, … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO on Administration Releasing Text of TPP Deal

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement after the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text: After six long years, the secrecy is over.  The public finally has a chance to scrutinize the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for themselves instead of … Continue reading

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