Monthly Archives: January 2016

The parties are ready for the caucuses. Are you?

Monday at 7 p.m. in all 99 counties, and all 1,681 precincts, Iowans will engage in one of our country’s greatest demonstrations of democracy, a demonstration that is unique to our state: the first-in-the-nation Iowa precinct caucuses. That’s right, after a year … Continue reading

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Editorial: Caucus for those who can’t

Iowans are a civic-minded, public-spirited people. They put out the flag on Veterans Day. They participate in Scouting, PTAs, church fundraisers and chambers of commerce. They turn out for the Fourth of July parades. They stand for the pledge of allegiance … Continue reading

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Editorial: To Obama: Save our Medicaid program

Every single Democrat in the Iowa Senate —a majority of the chamber’s members — signed a letter sent to President Barack Obama this week asking for help. Stop Gov. Terry Branstad from privatizing management of our state’s Medicaid program, they urged. … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

President Obama Previews Retirement Plan Changes He Will Submit to Congress On Monday, White House officials previewed a set of changes that President Obama will propose to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Obama’s plan contains several legislative components that will be part … Continue reading

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Fight for $15 movement hits Iowa

An international underpaid workers strike visited Iowa for the first time Thursday, the day of the final Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses. Some 150 workers in fast food, child care and other low-wage industries took over westbound East University Avenue during … Continue reading

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Group Seeks to Increase Awareness of Minimum-Wage Issue

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Family Friendly Iowa, a coalition formed by Progress Iowa and the Service Employees International Union, hosted a small-business roundtable in West Des Moines this week to draw attention to what it believes are three main … Continue reading

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Trump and Wounded Warriors—NOT!

By Tim Urban01/29/16 Donald Trump’s latest gambit to co-opt the media for free airtime is his alternative event promoting relief for Wounded Warriors. In September, he received an endorsement from the group Veterans for a Strong America at a California … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 30 Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, N.Y. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1932. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression. His legislative achievements included the creation … Continue reading

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Donald will talk a lot. But he’ll say nothing.

He’ll talk of our service. But he’ll say nothing of his deferments to avoid service in Vietnam. He will talk about what he intends to do “for veterans.” But he’ll say nothing of the damage he plans to cause by privatizing the … Continue reading

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Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2015 Union Membership report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2015: “With today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, we are reminded again that … Continue reading

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Sign up to introduce resolutions to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the Iowa caucus.

We will elect a new president this year, and where he or she stands on bad trade deals that ship jobs overseas and give corporations more control over our communities, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be extremely important. As voters … Continue reading

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Invest in Iowa Public Schools

Click here to sign the petition Higher class sizes. Outdated textbooks. Old computers. That’s the result when Republicans fail to invest in public schools. Sign the petition and make public schools our top priority again — www.iowahouse.org/fundourschools

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From our friends at BCTGM:

As has been widely reported in the news, Mondelēz International (Mondelēz/Nabisco ) announced last summer that it intended to ship more than 600 BCTGM jobs from the company’s Chicago Nabisco Bakery to its low-wage bakery in Salinas, Mexico. Since the … Continue reading

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Caucus Resolutions for Submission to Precinct Chair

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We want to share some information with you about Working Family Friendly resolutions and how you can promote family friendly policies on caucus night. We are encouraging Iowans to introduce resolutions at their caucus to promote … Continue reading

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Caucus Info

Democratic Party Caucus Locations Republican Party Caucus Locations Iowa Caucus – February 1to the 2016 IOWA CAUCUS .BIZ Caucus Handbook Iowacaucus.biz Des Moines Register info on Cacuses Resolutions for Caucus night – please print out this paper and present it … Continue reading

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Editorial: Where’s the political debate over childhood poverty?

Amid the flurry of political news last week, a little-noticed story reported on the state of poverty in Iowa. According to the Children and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, 110,000 Iowa children now live in poverty. That’s an increase of … Continue reading

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Iowans Demand Candidates Fix Child Care Costs

DES MOINES, Iowa – On average, an Iowa family with an infant and a toddler pays nearly $18,000 a year for child care. That’s roughly 30 percent of the average family’s income, and more than the average cost of college … Continue reading

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Schools face serious consequences without adequate funding, educators say

By Mike Glover01/28/16 DES MOINES, Iowa – Legislative Democrats are warning that proposals for funding state assistance to local elementary and secondary schools will drive up the size of classes and force officials to delay the purchase of books and … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 28 American Miners’ Association formed – 1861 First U.S. unemployment compensation law enacted, in Wisconsin – 1932 January 29 Responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson orders first use of American … Continue reading

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If you were employed at the Sioux City BIMBO Bakery at the time of the plant closing,

Bakers Union Local 433 21 hrs · We have some information to pass along to former employees of the Sioux City, IA BIMBO Bakery. If you were employed at the Sioux City BIMBO Bakery at the time of the plant … Continue reading

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