Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Alliance to House Ways and Means Committee Democrats: TPP will keep Drug Prices High The House Committee on Ways and Means Democrats held a hearing on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and how it could affect access to … Continue reading

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Blame Anyone but the Corporations: GOP Fear-Mongering Distracts from the TPP

Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shored community-sustaining factories, killed family-supporting jobs and crushed opportunity. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stokes that fire by urging Americans … Continue reading

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Medicaid Privatization Gets Messy in Iowa

In Iowa about 600,000 people get medical care through Medicaid, the public-health program for the poor and disabled. That includes more than a third of the state’s children. Doctors currently bill Iowa’s Medicaid program directly for their services, but starting … Continue reading

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Iowa State Senators applaud decision to delay Medicaid privatization

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‘The decision…is a victory for Medicaid recipients and providers’   A joint statement by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, Chair of the Senate Human … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 17 Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996 December 18 General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands … Continue reading

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It’s Long Past Due to Make Iowa’s Labor Laws Reflect Modern Society

We are fast approaching the 2016 legislative session, but unfortunately the mentality of many in the Iowa Legislature is stuck in the 1950s. Simply put, we live in a “Modern Family” world but have “Leave it to Beaver” laws that … Continue reading

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Restructuring CLC’s Underway

Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor The national AFL-CIO has committed to making changes in the structure of the Central Labor Councils (CLC) in Iowa and across this country. Many states from New York starting in 1999-2000 through Pennsylvania, … Continue reading

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Feds tell Iowa: Delay Medicaid privatization by 60 days

Federal administrators want Iowa to wait 60 days before shifting its Medicaid program to private management. The delay would affect more than 500,000 poor or disabled Iowans who receive health care under the program. Gov. Terry Branstad has been pushing … Continue reading

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Union leaders want Kraft-Heinz construction jobs

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Organized labor leaders in the Quad Cities say they are worried a Kentucky-based construction company will not give union workers a fair shot when it makes hires for a new $200 million Kraft Heinz plant. Union leaders said Tuesday … Continue reading

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We forgot to discuss the vacancy on the Davenport Community School Board created when Maria Dickmann won her City Council Race.

We forgot to discuss the vacancy on the Davenport Community School Board created when Maria Dickmann won her City Council Race. If you know of any working family friendly candidates, pass along that the School District is accepting applications to … Continue reading

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Governor’s job numbers are not realistic | The Gazette

Beth Townsend’s column in last week’s Gazette (“Beyond job numbers: Hitting goals, serving Iowans,” Dec. 8) shows what it looks like when an agency director runs political interference for the governor. Instead of acknowledging the weakness in the job growth … Continue reading

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2016 Iowa Federation of Labor Legislative Conference

The 2016 IFL Legislative Conference will be held at Prairie Meadows – Skinner Ballroom, February 8 – 9. The Conference registration will begin at 9 am, with the general session beginning at 10. There will be a hospitality (cash bar) … Continue reading

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Sign this petition to raise awareness about how wealthy special interests are continuing their attacks on working people.

Friends, Right-wing billionaires are pushing a Supreme Court case called Friedrichs v California Teachers Association that could make it much more difficult for public service workers to come together, speak up, and get ahead. This would have devastating effects on … Continue reading

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Thank you Local 0451!!!!!

So proud of my Local for their contribution to the Toys for Tots organization. Because of their generosity I was able to give $10,000 to help some kids who are less fortunate than us have a very Merry Christmas. Our … Continue reading

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Working Group Announcement Falls Short of Protecting Immigrant Workers’ Rights

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka statement on the Interagency Working Group to Promote Consistent Enforcement of Federal Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws pilot program on immigration enforcement: The recent announcement by the Interagency Working Group to Promote Consistent Enforcement of Federal … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Statement on Seattle Vote Allowing ‘Ride-Share’ Drivers to Organize

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on yesterday’s vote by the Seattle City Council allowing drivers for ‘ride-share’ companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize: The “on-demand” or “gig” economy isn’t really run by apps or machines; it’s powered … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Rate Hike Wrong Decision for Working People

In anticipation of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: We urge the Fed to avoid making a mistake by raising interest rates tomorrow. Too many working people are not feeling the economic … Continue reading

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Why should you care about Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association?

Because it could change the labor movement forever! The U.S. Supreme Court will soon be hearing the case: Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association which is challenging a 1977 Unanimous Supreme Court Decision, called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. In … Continue reading

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Organizers Roundtable

Mark your calendars! The next Organizers’ Roundtable workshop will be held Friday, January 15th from 10am to Noon at the Ames Organizing Project office (546 Main Street, Ames). This program is free. The Organizers’ Roundtable is intended to be a … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Statement on United Nations Climate Change Agreement

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The AFL-CIO applauds the United Nations Paris climate change agreement as a landmark achievement in international cooperation that is both sensible and achievable. We support the use of “nationally determined contributions” and recognize the importance of the transparency mechanisms, which … Continue reading

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