Monthly Archives: May 2016

Free Summer Meals Reach Just 10 Percent of Needy Iowa Kids

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren’t getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Smooth spot in rough road to recovery

Jobs rebound in April, slow growth over year; jobless rate up to 3.9 percent IOWA CITY, Iowa (May 20, 2016) — April job numbers for Iowa showed a healthy one-month increase of 4,300 jobs, while the unemployment rate rose for … Continue reading

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Senator Grassley is responsible for the judicial crisis – The Iowa Daily Democrat

Senator Grassley’s blocking of the public hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, is dominating the headlines. However, since Grassley became head of the Judiciary Committee, judicial appointments at all levels of American courts have been delayed. His … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 23 An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children – 1903 The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between … Continue reading

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Are you a veteran? If so, this message is for you!

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As a veteran, you took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same…  when sworn into office Senator Grassley said … Continue reading

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Income inequality in the U.S. “a disgrace” – The Iowa Daily Democrat

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new study shows pay disparity in the country is growing, with the average top executive earning 335 times more money than the typical rank-and-file worker. The study, compiled by the AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, said the … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 20 The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions – 1926 Some 9,000 rubber workers strike in Akron, Ohio – 1933 May 21  Italian activists and anarchists Nicola … Continue reading

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Statement On David Young’s Last-Minute Vote Switch On LGBTQ Protections

DES MOINES – The U.S. House held a vote today on an amendment to a Department of Veterans Affairs bill that would have protected LGBTQ workers against discrimination in government contracting. Iowa Representative David Young originally cast his vote in … Continue reading

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Stop Carrier from sending 1,400 jobs overseas

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I attended a rally with working people at the Carrier Corp.’s manufacturing facility in Indianapolis recently. They’re fighting to save their jobs from being outsourced to a plant in Mexico. Many of these people have worked at the Indianapolis plant … Continue reading

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ITC Report Shows TPP Is Disastrous for Working Families

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on International Trade Commission (ITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): This ITC report is so damaging that any reasonable observer would have to wonder why the Administration or Congress would spend even one more … Continue reading

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Tell Legislators: Save Iowa’s Crumbling Bridges!

We’ve got some bad news. Iowa recently overtook Pennsylvania for the dubious honor of having more structurally deficient bridges than any other state, according to an annual report published by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. With a ranking … Continue reading

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Call Now to Tell Volkswagen to Stop the Deceit and Negotiate with Workers Tell Volkswagen to Negotiate with Workers

Skilled trades workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted last year to come together and form a union. After promising to respect its workers’ decision, Volkswagen is now going back on its word. It’s refusing to negotiate with … Continue reading

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Central Labor Council Endorsements for Local Races

Hawkeye Labor Council Stacey Walker, Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson, Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers, Linn County Supervisor Joe Stutler, Linn County Auditor   Black Hawk Union Council Chris Schwartz, Black Hawk County Supervisor   Quad City Federation of Labor … Continue reading

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IFL President Sagar to be honored

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Iowa Democratic Party Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Speaker and Honorees DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party today announced Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as the speaker for their 2016 IDP Hall of Fame Celebration. The Hall of … Continue reading

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Full-time workers & parents would see big benefits from minimum wage increase – The Iowa Daily…

This graph from the Iowa Policy Project shows the demographic summary of those benefitting from an increase in the minimum wage. It shows that a $12 or $15 county minimum wage would raise the incomes of at least 60,000 to … Continue reading

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Scam Alert

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century. Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to … Continue reading

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Mathis Medicaid Listening Post and Help Session in Marion

Medicaid members, families and providers are invited to a listening post and help session from 4 PM to 6 PM on Tuesday, May 31, at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Drive, Marion. Event organizer Senator Liz Mathis of … Continue reading

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Trump’s Social Security flip flop

During the Republican primary, Donald Trump stood out from his competition by promising not to cut Social Security benefits. But now that Trump has the nomination in hand, he’s changing his tune to appeal to Paul Ryan and his billionaire … Continue reading

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Overtime Protections to Raise Wages for Millions of Workers

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to new overtime rules unveiled by the Department of Labor:  New overtime protections mark a major victory for working people that will improve the lives of millions of families across America. The … Continue reading

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Missed opportunities disappoint Iowans

While the 2016 session made progress on a number of fronts, there were disappointments for working families, crime victims, and sick and disabled Iowans. Some initiatives never got off the ground. Others passed the Senate—often with bipartisan support—but were dismissed … Continue reading

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