Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Dirty Dozen GOP Bills And How To Stop Them – Iowa Starting Line

Guest post from Senate Leader Rob Hogg Today, I am writing to ask you to help us stop a dozen bad bills from advancing out of committee this week. Friday marks the “first funnel” under legislative rules, which is a … Continue reading

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President Trump’s address to Congress is important, but working Americans will measure him in deeds, not words.

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By Richard Trumka | Contributor Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:00 a.m. When President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress Tuesday, working people will be listening closely. But it is in deeds, not words, that we are judging this … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Martin Luther King  “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never … Continue reading

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Republican Legislators continue attack on Iowa workers – this time on injured workers.

Press Conferences will be held, Tuesday, February 28, in several Iowa Cities to discuss the proposed worker’s compensation bill and share information on HSB 169 and ways that we see how it may affect working families. This bill has been … Continue reading

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HF 316 dismantles the Des Moines Metro Water Works Systems

Here’s an important action you can take: contact these Representatives and tell them to vote NO on HF 316. The bill has a subcommittee scheduled for 9:00 AM tomorrow (2/28) in the Iowa House, Room 102 of the Capitol. Subcommittee … Continue reading

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RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR OUR CITY EMPLOYEES AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNITS

  WHEREAS, The City Council of Sioux City, Iowa goes on record as supporting our employees and collective bargaining units which represent our employees; and WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Sioux City recognizes that the recently approved … Continue reading

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Martin O’Malley Returning to Iowa as Keynote Speaker Progressive Hero Awards to County Supervisors With Special Guest Roxanne Conlin

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IOWA – Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN) will be holding its annual “Protecting the American Dream” event on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Johnston, Iowa. Executive Director, Sue Dinsdale said ICAN is excited to host Martin O’Malley.  … Continue reading

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Demand Branstad/Reynolds Release Secret List!

After weeks denying their bill gutting collective bargaining had anything to do with the Koch Brothers or Americans for Prosperity, Gov Branstad and Lt Gov Reynolds invited their corporate-backed lobbyist to the private bill signing. No press was invited. No members of … Continue reading

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Thistle: Branstad plays favorites when signing collective bargaining bill

A thistle to Gov. Terry Branstad for his invitation-only signing of the bill that takes a wrecking ball to Iowa’s collective-bargaining law for pubic employees. The governor’s staff had told The Des Moines Register there would be no bill-signing ceremony, which … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM REP. CHRIS HALL, RANKING MEMBER OF HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ON GOVERNOR’S BUDGET CUTS

“It is shameless of the Branstad – Reynolds administration to cut more from community colleges, state universities, and public safety just days after rescinding scholarships and raising tuition on 3,000 students. The GOP’s reckless corporate giveaways led to these budget … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: John Steinbeck, from “The Grapes of Wrath”  “And in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes … Continue reading

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Trumping Labor: The Republican Plan to Gut Workers’ Rights

In 1989, during the transition from Presidents Reagan to George H.W. Bush, the rightwing Heritage Foundation expressed dismay that “free market” reforms were not moving fast enough. The group weighed in with a burly 900-plus page “Mandate for Leadership,” urging … Continue reading

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Leaked House Republican Healthcare Plan a Nonstarter

Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on the leaked draft House Republican healthcare plans: The leaked Republican health plan is a non-starter because it would lower the bar on care when we should be raising it instead. It exposes the fact … Continue reading

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We can’t afford to stay silent

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Friend, Working people across the country are flooding their legislators’ town halls this week to demand that Congress not take health care away from tens of millions of people. It’s hard to believe, but some extreme legislators … Continue reading

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Demand Branstad/Reynolds Release Secret List!

After weeks denying their bill gutting collective bargaining had anything to do with the Koch Brothers or Americans for Prosperity, Gov Branstad and Lt Gov Reynolds invited their corporate-backed lobbyist to the private bill signing. No press was invited. No members of … Continue reading

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Editorial: Branstad’s legacy is dissing, dismissing public workers

Gov. Terry Branstad has repeatedly identified job creation as his top priority. Yet helping Iowans secure employment is apparently not among his goals. Since he was re-elected in 2011, Iowa Workforce Development has lost 27 percent of its workforce. Having hundreds fewer workers … Continue reading

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Attend a forum Saturday February 25

We can’t let up on these elected representative. They need to hear from you how you feel about their votes on anti worker issues, and the many other attacks they are planning on Iowa working families. Please attend as many … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Mother Jones “In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?” February 25 Amalgamated … Continue reading

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Recess Resistance – Save our Health Care

Republicans thought they could repeal the Affordable Care Act without a fight. Calling Republican members of Congress and showing up at their town halls (for those who haven’t chickened out of holding them) is making a big difference — so … Continue reading

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