Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

Stand with fellow public workers

Dear Friends, Our hearts are heavy with the senseless loss of life suffered in San Bernardino yesterday. It is unconscionable that some of our most vulnerable citizens and public service workers dedicated to the health and well-being of their communities … Continue reading

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Former IFL President Mark Smith passed away

Mark Smith, former President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, passed away last night. Mark Smith passed away late last night. He retired as president of the Iowa Federation of Labor (IFL) AFL-CIO in 2007. He was an officer of … Continue reading

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Over the last two weeks, Governor Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid has gone from bad to worse.

A judge caught Branstad’s Chief of Staff, Michael Bousselot, and former GOP lawmaker turned lobbyist Chris Rants breaking the rules and threw out one of the contracts for Medicaid privatization. It turns out they were communicating behind the scenes — … Continue reading

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Editorial: Branstad plays fast and loose with job numbers

Now poised to become the longest-serving governor in the nation’s history, Gov. Terry Branstad appears to be in legacy-building mode. While that may explain his recent claims on job creation, it certainly doesn’t excuse it. While campaigning for governor in … Continue reading

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Children Matter

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DES MOINES – Iowa parents could have a lot to say to presid ential candidates in the next two months before the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, and two groups have joined forces to encourage them to speak up. MomsRising and Every … Continue reading

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Take action today to tell them to reject Medicaid outsourcing!

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We recently put together a video of AFSCME members talking about the disaster that is the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing Plan. Please watch the video and then take action by sending a letter to officials at the Centers for Medicare … Continue reading

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Tell Congress: No More Government Shutdowns.

Dear Friend, There might be a new leader in the House, but we are getting the same old song and dance. Paul Ryan – the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives – is already risking a government shutdown … Continue reading

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Unfriendly Fire

Sisters and Brothers, Instead of a Union Veterans Council newsletter this morning, I instead wanted to share with you a wonderful bit of writing from the American Spectator, “Unfriendly Fire.” In this piece, author Suzanne Gordon digs in deep on … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 05 Unionists John T. and James B. McNamara are sentenced to 15 years and life, respectively, after confessing to dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building during a drive to unionize the metal trades in the city.  They placed the bomb in … Continue reading

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