Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

Iowans Rally Outside Supreme Court, Demanding Grassley ‘Do His Job’

WASHINGTON — A group of Iowans was at the Supreme Court building Tuesday in Washington D.C., demanding that Sen. Chuck Grassley move forward with hearing for justice nominee Merrick Garland. The group held up signs outside the Supreme Court that … Continue reading

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Local Medicaid Oversight Events

On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing Plan went into effect. This rushed transition has been confusing, frightening, and frustrating for Medicaid patients and providers. Many Democratic legislators have organized events in the coming weeks to collect information … Continue reading

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Long Overdue DOL Rule Will Protect Retirement Investors

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on final fiduciary ruling:  We applaud the Department of Labor for getting the fiduciary rule over the finish line after a long and thorough rule-making process that took into account a multitude of stakeholders’ … Continue reading

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American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, I am pleased to announce that AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is proud to support the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign. Every day, seven people die from home fires. Home fires also cause $7 billion in … Continue reading

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Faith, union leaders unite against Rauner

Faith leaders in the Quad-Cities joined forces with union activists Monday to decry the actions of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and call for a peaceful resolution to state employee contract negotiations. Citing common faith values, the Rev. Clark Olson-Smith, president … Continue reading

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New report shows why wages fall short

Latest Cost of Living in Iowa details basic-needs family budgets; Minimum wage and poverty line both well below real-world needs  IOWA CITY, Iowa (April 5, 2016) — Despite their work efforts, many Iowans cannot meet basic living expenses as the cost … Continue reading

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Save Iowa History!

Call on State Leaders to Hold the Department of Cultural Affairs Accountable to Iowans Mission Statement of the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Under Iowa Code The State Historical Society of Iowa has a dual mission of preservation and … Continue reading

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An Iowa Teenager Just Shut Down Chuck Grassley’s Supreme Court Argument

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, still refuses to give a hearing to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee because Obama is a lame-duck president. It’s only fair to wait until after the November … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Supreme Court Split in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is a Win for Labor; Seniors in Physically Demanding Jobs Rely More on Social Security; In Canada Old Age Security Eligibility to be Lowered Back to 65 Again; Sign up for … Continue reading

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Iowa education lags behind state revenue growth, study confirms – The Iowa Daily Democrat

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite repeated claims from politicians of both parties that Iowa’s schools are their top priority, a new study shows that politicians aren’t backing up that claim with real money. The new study – conducted by the … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 04 The first issue of The Labor Review, a “weekly magazine for organized workers,” was published in Minneapolis. Edna George, a cigar packer in Minneapolis, won $10 in gold for suggesting the name “Labor Review.” The Labor Review has been published continuously … Continue reading

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