Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Now, more than ever, we must all work together for robust oversight”

Comments by Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee, and Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, co-chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee, on the decision by federal Centers for Medicaid Services to … Continue reading

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CORPORATE DECISIONS DESTROY THE MIDDLE CLASS – Nabisco to move 600 jobs to Mexico

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In July 2015, Nabisco announced it had chosen to invest an additional $130 million in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing that money in its iconic plant in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in … Continue reading

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Editorial: DHS holds private talks on matters of public interest

Last December, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services refused to let the state of Iowa move forward with its plan to privatize the Medicaid program on Jan. 1. The federal agency said it was clear that “serious disruptions in care … Continue reading

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Grassley: Put off Supreme Court choice until next year

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday that choosing a new Supreme Court justice ought to wait until after the presidential election, and he suggested that statement pre-empts anything else he has said on the matter. Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst, … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 24 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women, justified as necessary to protect their health. A laundry owner was fined $10 for making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a single … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 22 Representatives of the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers meet in St. Louis with 20 other organizations to plan the founding convention of the People’s Party. Objectives: end political corruption, spread the wealth, and combat the … Continue reading

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Here is your February 19th, 2016 Friday Alert:

Trump Misleads About Social Security Fraud Donald Trump is misleading people about the level of Social Security fraud. At the Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, candidate Trump said, “‘Thousands and thousands of people’ over the age of 106 … Continue reading

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Johnson County’s minimum wage increase, explained | The Gazette

Amid a national debate about raising the minimum wage, Johnson County became the first place in Iowa to raise the wage. The first 95-cent increase of Johnson County’s minimum wage ordinance took effect Nov. 1, 2015. (Scroll down for a … Continue reading

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COPE Convention Date and Location change

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The Iowa Federation of Labor COPE Convention will be held April 23 at the IBEW Local 405 Union Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW in Cedar Rapids. The Convention will start at 1 PM. Registration will start at 10 am to … Continue reading

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Attend Legislative Forums

Dear Brothers and Sisters, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 strongly encourages our members to attend legislative forums held by all legislators. By visiting this webpage, you can view links to lists of legislative forums created by the party caucuses in the Iowa … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 20 Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company … Continue reading

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Congress: Do Your job

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Senate Republicans to “do your job” and agree to vet President Barack Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee. “I have one message for Senate Republicans,” Trumka said in a video . “Do your job. Do what … Continue reading

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Governor Branstad: Find Your Heart

DES MOINES, Iowa – Again today we read about the governor’s debacle of the privatization of Medicaid. Another meeting where they tried to brainwash legislators, interested parties, and the general public into believing the state is ready to roll out … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 19 American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department – 1909 A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Executive Council and Endorsement

The AFL-CIO is committed to a Raising Wages agenda, and to using that agenda to drive our politics. Our Executive Council will discuss the 2016 election cycle during its Winter Meeting, but no presidential endorsement will be made.  From the … Continue reading

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Grassley taking Supreme Court issue ‘one step at a time’

MARENGO, Ia.— U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley made only one thing clear Tuesday about filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: He’s taking the issue “one step at a time.” Iowa’s senior U.S. senator … Continue reading

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Davenport Area Medicaid Privatization Meeting

Davenport area residents are invited to join Senators Chris Brase and Joe Seng for a discussion of Medicaid privatization and other legislative issues this Friday.  The meeting will be held Friday, February 19th, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at CASI, … Continue reading

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An open letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley

Dear Senator Grassley, I was disappointed to read your statement about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. After praising Scalia, you immediately launched a partisan attack on President Obama. I have no doubt that you intend to join … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 18 One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO TPP Report Highlights Lack of Worker Protections

Read the Report  (Washington, DC, February 16, 2016) – On a conference call today, Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO Director of International Affairs and Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO Trade Policy Specialist, discussed a new AFL-CIO report on the lack of adequate labor rights … Continue reading

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