Monthly Archives: May 2016

STAFFING CHANGES AT CLARINDA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY ENDANGERS INMATES, STAFF, AND THE PUBLIC

DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the funding and staffing of the Clarinda Correctional Facility: “In response to the closing of the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes, the Iowa General … Continue reading

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Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight – Iowa Senate Democrats

Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight – Iowa Senate Democrats Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee “I’m glad Governor Branstad did not veto the Medicaid oversight compromise reached … Continue reading

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Lloyd Weems Funeral Info

Lloyd E. Weems Des Moines Lloyd Edward Weems, 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 at McLaren’s Chapel in West … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 30 The Ford Motor Company signs a “Technical Assistance” contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union, and Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many American … Continue reading

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Day of Action, around Iowa, Supporting the working families on strike against Verizon

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has called for a national day of action on Thursday, June 2nd to stand in solidarity with our union sisters and brothers in CWA and IBEW who have been on strike since April 13th. … Continue reading

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Women’s Global Leadership Program

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By Tracy Leone In March, I had the privilege to participate in the first-ever AFLCIO Women’s Global Leadership Program alongside nearly fifty other women from a broad spectrum of trade unions across the US. The program ran parallel to the … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Challenges Navient Corporation to Disclose Its Lobbying Spending

AFL-CIO Shareholder Proposal  (Washington, DC, May 26, 2016) – Today the AFL-CIO demanded that student loan debt servicer Navient disclose its corporate spending on lobbying activity. The labor federation delivered a proposal during Navient’s annual shareholder meeting calling on the … Continue reading

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Tell Grassley to do his job!

Upcoming Events Sen. Grassley Town Halls: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Wayne County Town Meeting 10:15-11:15 a.m. Wayne County Courthouse 100 North Lafayette Street CorydonDavis County Town Meeting 2:00-3:00 p.m. Mutchler Community Center 900 East North Street Bloomfield Thursday, June 2, … Continue reading

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We can take on Wall Street

Q: When is a salary not a salary? A: When you are a corporate executive or Wall Street money manager who doesn’t want to pay your fair share of taxes. Corporations and Wall Street bankers have rigged the tax code … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO, unions target potential Trump voters

AFL-CIO, unions target potential Trump voters The nation’s industrial labor unions, led by the AFL-CIO, are beginning a major grass-roots effort to target members who are thinking of supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The nation’s largest labor federation … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 27 The U.S. Supreme Court declares the Depression-era National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional, about a month before it was set to expire – 1935 The CIO-affiliated Insurance Workers of America merges with its AFL counterpart, the Insurance … Continue reading

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Surviving seven years without a raise

Surviving seven years without a raise Today marks the seven-year anniversary of the last time the federal government granted hardworking Americans a raise. Since May 25, 2009, the federal minimum wage has remained frozen at $7.25 an hour. Here in … Continue reading

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Union Endorsed Candidates Events

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Tuesday, May 24th – SD34 – Sen. Liz Mathis: Mathis Campaign Volunteer Open House, Mathis for Iowa Senate Campaign Office, 131 Marion Blvd. Marion, IA 52304. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Contact David Rogers at david.rogers@iowademocrats.org or call 505-231-9805 Wednesday, May 25th – SD34 … Continue reading

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Iowa Democratic Party Disagrees with Trump’s View that Wages Are “Too High”

McGuire Calls for a Minimum Wage Increase DES MOINES–May 25th, 2007, was the last time the federal government passed legislation that ensured Americans a wage increase. While the cost of living has skyrocketed, the federal minimum wage remains frozen at … Continue reading

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Polk County Primary Election Info

June 7, 2016 Iowa June Primary Primary Election June 7, 2016 Polls open 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM List of Candidates Publication Polling Locations Instructions Absentee Ballot Request Electronic Voter Registration Paper Voter Registration Find your precinct Election Results– Available … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 26 Men and women weavers in Pawtucket, R.I., stage nation’s first “co-ed” strike – 1824 Western Federation of Miners members strike for 8-hour day, Cripple Creek, Colo. – 1894 Actors’ Equity Assn. is founded by 112 actors at a … Continue reading

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Tell Congress to Take on Wall Street

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“The big banks are bigger than they were before the 2008 crisis, and CEOs and Wall Street money managers continue to benefit from obscene tax loopholes that cost us billions. Stand up to Wall Street.” PETITION TO CONGRESS: The big … Continue reading

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Another Look At Updated Early Vote Numbers For The Primary

With just two weeks left before Iowa’s primary elections on June 7, let’s take another look at the early vote totals across the state. A lot has changed since we first discussed the numbers three weeks ago. The Secretary of State’s … Continue reading

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Canvasing for Breckenridge

​Hi all, I want to thank everyone for their hard work over the past weeks. Unfortunately, we can’t let up. We need to keep the pressure on. We are planning a day of canvasing this Saturday, May 28th, 12:30 to … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 25 Striking shoemakers in Philadelphia are arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that bars schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken – 1805 Philip Murray is born in Scotland. He … Continue reading

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