Daily Archives: March 31, 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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