Monthly Archives: March 2017

Be a part of the Working Families Summit

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Dear Progressive: We are inviting you to an exciting event which will bring dozens of progressive Iowa organizations together at the second Working Families Summit. This event will be held 9 am, June 10 at the Scheman Building in Ames … Continue reading

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Trump Administration’s NAFTA Plan Tinkers Around the Edges

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in response to draft changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement from the Trump administration:  “President Trump said that NAFTA was the ‘worst trade deal’ and committed to rewriting the rules … Continue reading

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Curtains for tax reform

If there’s anything we need less of this legislative session, it is back-room dealing where major changes in public policy are hatched, then rammed through the Legislature without sufficient public vetting. Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix is quoted in media … Continue reading

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Ignoring fact and local authority, state whacks workers’ pay, health

The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen following Governor Branstad’s signing of legislation to repeal and pre-empt local decision making authority on the minimum wage, and legislation to limit recovery by workers for workplace … Continue reading

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Working Families Welcome Long-Overdue Trade Deficit Study

(Washington, D.C., March 31, 2017) The massive U.S. trade deficit has not been a policy focus since 1988’s Omnibus Foreign Trade and Competitiveness Act made it so when the deficit was a comparatively small $114.56 billion. By 2016, it had … Continue reading

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Heartless In The Heartland It’s the first time that a state has nullified local minimum wage ordinances that have already taken effect

In an appalling move to keep low-wage workers locked in poverty, the Iowa legislature this week gave final approval to a bill that reverses local minimum wage increases already approved in several counties and bans cities and counties from setting … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Today’s Labor Quote:composer Steve Jones from “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars” Capitalism is a giant cloud of cigarette smoke blown in the face of humanity Working folk just cough and choke All for the boss’s vanity They try to … Continue reading

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Iowa Police Chief & School Superintendent to describe problems created by lack of DHS caseworkers in rural Iowa

Iowa Police Chief & School Superintendent to describe problems created by lack of DHS caseworkers in rural Iowa  Monday, April 3, 10 AM in Room 116 Under the Branstad/Reynolds Administration, the Iowa Department of Human Services has lost more than … Continue reading

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Project Labor Agreements keep business in Iowa

Patrick Loeffler is president of the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Building Trades Council. By Patrick Loeffler, guest columnist Mar 29, 2017 at 9:54 am | Print View Before the use of project labor agreements, Cedar Rapids residents could drive by the … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Welcomes Commerce Department’s Examination of China’s Economy

 AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement regarding the decision by the Department of Commerce to examine whether China meets the market economy test:  America’s working families welcome the Department of Commerce’s examination of China’s economy. A thorough assessment … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Harry Bridges “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’”   March 31  President Martin Van Buren issues a broadly-applicable executive order granting the 10-hour day to all government employees engaged in manual … Continue reading

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Surplus to Deficit — The GOP Budget Mess

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As the Legislature approaches adjournment next month, lawmakers will be turning more attention to the state budget. When the state’s non-partisan budget experts met in mid-March, we learned the Republican Majority and the Branstad-Reynolds administration have turned a $927 million … Continue reading

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The Midwest School for Women Workers

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Register today! Midwest Women Workers: “Women Rising” Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20 Madison, Wisconsin The Midwest School for Women Workers brings working women together to develop leadership skills, understand the challenges and issues facing the labor movement, and … Continue reading

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We’re hiring a Digital Director!

March 24th, 2017 Posted By: Progress Iowa Progress Iowa seeks a Digital Director to coordinate and create proactive digital media and campaign communications projects under the direction of the Executive Director. The person we’re looking for has excellent oral and … Continue reading

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Friday March 31 Forums

Please keep up the great work. People are attending these forums in record numbers. Don’t stop now! BAGLEY Friday March 31, 1:30 PM Meeting with Congressman Young Bagley Community Building, 205 Main St.  BETTENDORF Friday March 31, 9:30 AM Greatest … Continue reading

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ON IOWA LEGISLATURE’S CALLOUS ACTION TO NULLIFY LOCAL RAISES FOR STATE’S LOWEST-WAGE EARNERS

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In response to the Iowa legislature’s passage of a bill blocking all past and future local minimum wage and employment benefits laws, Christine Owens, executive director at the National Employment Law Project, issued the following statement: “The Iowa legislature’s decision … Continue reading

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Look west, or to locals, for leadership

Iowans could take a lesson from leaders in Oregon, who had the courage to look at their residents’ economic challenges. Just repealing local minimums does not meet that test of leadership. Those concerned about a “patchwork” or “hodgepodge” of minimum … Continue reading

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Basu: Even Wal-Mart pays workers better than Iowa law requires

Sometimes you have to wonder what sorts of rationalizations lawmakers feed themselves when they’re cheating the lowest-wage workers out of a shot at a middle-class life. Do they wake up at night hearing a nagging little voice of conscience reminding them … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT

>>>EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT>>> Lance, Just minutes before a scheduled committee vote yesterday, Republicans dropped a secret plan to prohibit abortion beginning as early as 6 weeks, called “fetal heartbeat”. Make no mistake about it, House Republicans are pushing this through … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Steve Jones, from the labor jazz opera “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars” We are the voices of rebellion The writing on the wall We sing the songs of freedom The witness to the fall We … Continue reading

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