Daily Archives: May 18, 2016

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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Seven Things You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

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Here are seven things you need to know about the new rules: The middle class needs a raise.    Working families are struggling to pay the bills and the middle class is shrinking. Working people have helped corporations rack up record profits, … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 19 Two hundred sixteen miners die from an explosion and its aftermath at the Fraterville Mine in Anderson County, Tenn.  All but three of Fraterville’s adult males were killed.  The mine had a reputation for fair contracts and pay—miners … Continue reading

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