Monthly Archives: December 2016

Editorial: A government program that really works is being starved

Head Start falls behind in Iowa, other states Buy Photo (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave / The Register) When it comes to government programs that have clearly demonstrated their worth and proven to be a wise investment of tax dollars, Head Start … Continue reading

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Editorial: Don’t pay managed care firms a penny more

Iowa’s Medicaid program was operated by the state for decades. With modest administrative costs and among the lowest per-patient spending in the country, it worked well. Then along came Gov. Terry Branstad and his unpopular idea of handing over the government … Continue reading

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Workers of the world – UNITE!

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Iceberg ahead — but how big?

When the decisions come to cut health care to Iowans, Governor Branstad won’t be around to make the tough choices. Is that what state legislators signed up for? The Des Moines Register disclosed Wednesday afternoon in a copyright story that … Continue reading

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Retiring Marcia Nichols receives Progress Iowa Award

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Labor History

December 23 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck’s Stove and Range Co. in St Louis, where the Metal Polishers were striking for a 9-hour day – 1908 Construction workers top out … Continue reading

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“An Historical Overview of Labor Unions in the United States.”

The Wisconsin Labor History Society is pleased to announce the availability of a six-part video series, “An Historical Overview of Labor Unions in the United States.”  Each segment  is heavily illustrated and takes us through the struggle to organize from … Continue reading

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UNITE HERE Workers Take On Trump and Win

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in response to UNITE HERE’s announcement of a contract agreement at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas and an organizing agreement at the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC:   The UNITE HERE union workers … Continue reading

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Trump must not pull a bait-and-switch on American workers

In this year’s presidential campaign, Donald Trump tossed out the well-worn Republican playbook to run as an unabashed champion of working people. He promised to bring back jobs and take care of the forgotten man and woman. He even went … Continue reading

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Photos from several events

Click here to view photos from Progress Iowa Event, Workers in Crisis and SCIFL Holiday Basket assembly.

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In Iowa Jason Kander Pitches Path Forward For Democrats

After a year of terrible losses, Democrats around the country have been searching for a handful of silver linings and moral victories to give them hope for the future. Many have looked to Jason Kander’s impressive – if ultimately unsuccessful – campaign … Continue reading

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Jason Kander at the Progress Iowa Holiday Event

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Sister Simone at Progress Iowa Event

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Iowa JobWatch: Three-month job slump for Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Dec. 20, 2016) — Iowa dropped payroll jobs for the third straight month as the unemployment rate dipped to 3.8 percent in November. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen about … Continue reading

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Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

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Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040 My fellow Americans: Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 22 A group of building trades unions from the Midwest meet in St. Louis to form the National Building Trades Council. The Council disbanded after several years of political and jurisdictional differences – 1897 Twenty-one Chicago firefighters, including the … Continue reading

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Labor leader: Members who voted for Trump and Clinton must unite to preserve unionism

WASHINGTON (PAI) — “Unity and solidarity must trump any political divisions within our union” National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) President Fredric Rolando stated in the December issue of the Postal Record. And in language that could easily be applied … Continue reading

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PETITION: Tell Your Legislators to Oppose Trump’s Nominee for Labor Secretary

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—would be a disaster for working Americans. He’s railed against a meaningful increase in the minimum wage, opposed expanding overtime pay and supported replacing working people with machines. Of his … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 21 Powered by children seven to 12 years old working dawn to dusk, Samuel Slater’s thread-spinning factory goes into production in Pawtucket, R.I., launching the Industrial Revolution in America. By 1830, 55 percent of the mill workers in the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The AFL-CIO’s Response to Trump’s Presidency

Jon Hiatt is Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO. This post is part of a series on Labor in the Trump Years. Rather than slice and dice the electorate into different demographics and voting blocks, … Continue reading

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