Monthly Archives: March 2017

Workers’ comp bill to be signed into law

The workers’ compensation bill passed late last night along party lines, and is headed to Governor Branstad, who is expected to sign it. This is a major loss for every worker in Iowa. Moving forward, employers and insurance companies will … Continue reading

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IPP Statement: IPERS is strong

Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds are discussing a potential task force to examine whether to replace the IPERS defined benefit pension plan with a defined contribution plan, like 401(k) plans. The Iowa Policy Project, which has researched this issue … Continue reading

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TODAY at 5:00 PM CT: The Wisconsin Warning, featuring Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI)

  Congressman from Wisconsin to participate in live question and answer session on Facebook Live, and provide cautionary tale to Iowa’s citizens, press, and policymakersDES MOINES — Progress Iowa will host “The Wisconsin Warning,” a live Facebook video question and … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Martin Luther King Jr. “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief … Continue reading

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CHANGE IN DES MOINES PHONE BANK DATE

There will not be a phone bank on Monday, March 27 at the Iowa Federation of Labor office.  That date has been changed to Wednesday, March 29 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Anyone available to volunteer, please contact Sandy Opstvedt at the … Continue reading

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***ACTION ALERT: Senate Votes Today!***

Two key votes are scheduled in the Iowa Senate TODAY and we need your help.  Last week, Senate Republicans were forced to delay key votes on worker’s compensation (HF 518) and lowering wages for 65,000 Iowans (HF 295) because of … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch — Latest Numbers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 24, 2016) — Iowa kicked off 2017 with a stepped up pace of job growth, ending February with a 3.2 percent unemployment rate. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen … Continue reading

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Under the radar | Iowa Fiscal Partnership

Under the radar By Iowa Fiscal Partnership 3/25/17  Dangerous change to Iowa Constitution  Proposed amendment undercuts state’s ability to meet responsibilities to Iowans By Peter Fisher A constitutional amendment to cap state spending — approved by the Senate and soon … Continue reading

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Impacts of ACA in Iowa

Enrollment in Iowa’s Medicaid Expansion One of the threats to health insurance coverage for as many as 150,000 Iowans under proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act is that such plans could cause Iowa and many of the 31 states … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Mother Jones “The first thing is to raise hell,” says I. “That’s always the first thing to do when you’re faced with an injustice and you feel powerless. That’s what I do in my fight for the working … Continue reading

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Walt Rogers Dodges Constituents, Fails to Respond

DES MOINES – In response to veteran GOP Iowa House member, Walt Rogers’ refusal to attend forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement:   “Public discussion and interaction with … Continue reading

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Republican Plan to Remove Health Coverage, Create Tax Cuts for Wealthy Fails 

Unprecedented citizen action protects health coverage for more than 200,000 Iowans DES MOINES – Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump announced their failure to push the Republican healthcare bill … Continue reading

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March 25- 27 Forums

ALLISON Saturday March 25, 10 AM Allison Amvets Building,  718  9th st AMES Saturday, March 25 : 8:45 “Legislative Wake Up” with Story County Area Legislators at Ames City Council Chambers, 515 Clark Ave, 2nd Floor. Saturday March 25: Noon … Continue reading

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This week at Moral Mondays IOWA: Subject: Whose Right is it Anyway?

Dear Friends, On Monday, March 27, Moral Mondays IOWA (MMI) will focus on the impact of CAFOs in Iowa. All are encouraged to attend Moral Mondays IOWA each week. This week at Moral Mondays IOWA: Subject: Whose Right is it Anyway? … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Today’s Labor Quote: William Shepherd “The floods of water from the firemen’s hose that ran into the gutter were actually stained red with blood. I looked upon the heap of dead bodies and I remembered these girls were the shirtwaist … Continue reading

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House Ethics Committee admonishes Americans for Prosperity lobbyist

The Iowa House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to issue a letter admonishing Americans for Prosperity lobbyist Drew Klein for failing to register his position on a controversial bill scaling back collective bargaining rights. Iowa law requires lobbyists to “register” … Continue reading

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Acosta Testimony Raises Serious Questions and Doubts

Statement by AFL-CIO President Trumka on the testimony of Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Alex Acosta’s testimony today raises serious questions and doubts whether he is committed to making life … Continue reading

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Call on Health Care

will you make one call today to protect the health care for thousands in Iowa? Congress is scheduled to vote on President Trump’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, and the bill would be devastating for our state. … Continue reading

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BRANSTAD/REYNOLDS KEPT NO RECORD OF INVITATIONS TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BILL SIGNING ATTENDED BY KOCH LOBBYIST

AFP Lobbyist Attended HF291 Bill Signing Despite No Record Of Invitations Sent By Branstad/Reynolds Administration DES MOINES — As a result of an open records request, Progress Iowa has learned that the Office of Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos’ Holy War on Education

Her appointment as education secretary marks the crowning achievement of the Christian right’s campaign to infiltrate America’s secular institutions A few weeks after September 11th, 2001, with the nation reeling from the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., … Continue reading

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