Monthly Archives: April 2016

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive is on Saturday, May 14.

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On Saturday, May 14, we once again ask that postal customers leave bags of non-perishable food by their mailboxes well before the time their letter carriers make their normal mail pick-up and delivery. Food is then delivered to local food … Continue reading

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Demanding an End to Citizens United, 300 ‘Democracy Awakening’ Protesters Arrested at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C.—About 300 activists in organizations devoted to progressive reforms in the federal government were arrested Monday in a civil disobedience action on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Embracing legislative issues common to labor unions, civil rights groups, environmentalists, … Continue reading

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Key Difference: Medicaid Oversight Remarks on HF 2460, the Health and Human Services Budget

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by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee Remarks: http://wp.me/p6hw7R-5IS Medicaid Oversight Summary: http://bit.ly/1r4uiDB   Thank you Madam President   This year’s general fund target for Health and Human Services, agreed to … Continue reading

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America’s business leaders are rebelling against Republicans’ anti-gay lunacy

Republicans’ increasing assaults on the LGBT community by passage of harsh discriminatory anti-gay laws have created a firestorm of controversy in the business community. This sharp split threatens the traditional alliance between corporate America and the Republican Party. The corporate … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 25 The New York Times declares the struggle for an 8-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declare that an eight-hour workday would bring about “loafing … Continue reading

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DOT budget cuts spark fight as lawmakers near end

Democratic lawmakers are pledging to fight Republican cuts in the Iowa Department of Transportation’s proposed budget, warning it could lead to unplowed roads, longer waits for driver’s licenses and delays in highway construction projects. The DOT budget issue, which could result in the elimination of … Continue reading

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Stand with Striking Workers!

We are on strike because we will do whatever it takes to create a better workplace for ourselves and those that follow. We’re standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as … Continue reading

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2016 Earth Day Report

Democrats are committed to putting out the fire; Republicans deny they can see the smoke. Today is Earth day and the report is mixed. The continued burning of fossil fuels is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 22 Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.” Cultural blogger John Pietaro: “Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place … Continue reading

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Lies, Incorporated shines a bright, penetrating light on the role deliberate lies play in Washington policy-making.

For over 80 years, Social Security has been there through good times and bad. However, its success has only emboldened conservatives’ attempts at privatizing and cutting the most successful social insurance program in our country’s history. Now, Ari Rabin-Havt’s new … Continue reading

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Please take action today by sending a letter to your State Representative telling them you support the $9.7 million in funding for DOT and oppose the amendment removing it.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Yesterday, the majority party on the House Appropriations Committee introduced an amendment to remove $9.7 million in funding for the Iowa Department of Transportation that was included in the Iowa Senate’s budget. These DOT funds were … Continue reading

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Iowa’s 2016 job picture “in a funk” so far

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s job picture held on to its sluggish nature in March with a slight increase in the number of jobs, but also an increase in the unemployment rate, a new report said. The report said Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 21 New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike – 1967 Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers strike nine plants in what was to become a … Continue reading

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Trades Apprentice Career Fair

Hundreds of High School students and young adults got a firsthand look at skilled work such at welding, bricklaying, heavy equipment operation and power tools as part of the multi-day Construction Apprentice Center Fair that took place around Iowa, April … Continue reading

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The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

Over the last several decades, employers have moved away from pension-based retirement plans toward the 401(k) savings model. Participation in these do-it-yourself retirement savings plans is highly unequal across income groups because the system is stacked against those who can … Continue reading

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Workers’ Memorial Day around Iowa

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Polk County explores minimum wage increase

Polk County could join a growing number of communities across the country that are bucking state standards and increasing the local minimum wage. The Board of Supervisors is expected to form a task force Tuesday to explore raising the minimum wage in the state’s … Continue reading

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New AFL-CIO Trade Video Warns That TPP Would Double Down on NAFTA’s Economic Devastation

Watch the Video  (Washington, DC, April 19, 2016) – Today, the AFL-CIO released a video showing first-hand the devastating economic impact the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could have on communities across the country. Last week United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard testified … Continue reading

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Editorial: Big talk, no money for illiterate third-graders

When Gov. Terry Branstad embarked on a quest to create “world class schools” in Iowa, his staff repeatedly stressed the importance of ensuring students could read by the end of third grade. His 2011 blueprint for education reform specifically called … Continue reading

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Earth Day at the Capitol

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Thursday April 21, 2016  Noon – 1:00 p.m. Room 116, Iowa State Capitol Actions Iowans Can Take For Our Future Come and Join Us – Bring a Friend! Join us at the State Capitol as Iowans highlight current environmental challenges, … Continue reading

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