Monthly Archives: April 2017

AFL-CIO Stands in Solidarity with Writers Guilds

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in support of the Writers Guild of America, East, and Writers Guild of America, West, negotiations: The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with the members of Writers Guild of America, East, and Writers Guild of … Continue reading

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Forums for April 27-29 – Keep Attending – Speak up!

BETTENDORF Every Friday 9:30 AM at the Happy Joe’s ,2430 Spruce Hill Drive, Bettendorf, IA Friday Aptil 28 :  9:30 AM Greatest Grains 1600 N Harrison St CLINTON Thursday7, 6 PM Mezcal 2 Bar & Grill, 1841 Lincoln Way DES MOINES … Continue reading

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May Day Workers’ Rights March

Community, labor and faith leaders commemorate progress in workers’ rights through collective action, call for policies that lifts all workers  Fort Madison, IA – Through the power of collective action, working people have been able to achieve higher wages, better … Continue reading

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The Congressional Republican Health Care Bill An Attack on Everyone’s Health Benefits

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  The Congressional Republican health plan is an attack on everyone’s health benefits.No health care coverage—workplace plans, Medicare, Medicaid or the individual insurance coverage now available as a result of the Affordable Care Act—is untouched. The Republican health plan will … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: James Oppenheim, from his poem “Bread and Roses”   “As we come marching, marching, we bring the Greater Days The rising of the women means the rising of the race No more the drudge and idler–ten that toil … Continue reading

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150 Workers Die on the Job Every Day

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     New AFL-CIO Report: aflcio.org/death-on-the-job   (Washington, D.C., April 26, 2017) In 2015, 150 workers died from preventable work-related injuries and illnesses every day in the United States, on average, according to a report released today by the AFL-CIO. 4,836 workers … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: “In Dubious Battle,” by John Steinbeck “They didn’t hate a boss or a butcher. They hated the whole system of bosses, but that was a different thing. It wasn’t the same kind of anger. And there … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: March jobs dip, so does jobless rate

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (April 25, 2017) — March tripped up Iowa’s early-year pace of job growth but the state unemployment rate dipped to 3.1 percent. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement from Executive Director Mike Owen about the … Continue reading

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2017 Legislative Session in Review

Education & worker training Bipartisan successes Helping schools use limited resources effectively by allowing them to spend various categories of school funding on a broader range of expenses that still achieve the intended goals (HF 564). Allowing some unused school … Continue reading

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Where did the Iowa I love go? A student’s perspective

TJ Foley is a senior at Valley High School in West Des Moines. He will pursue a degree in international relations next fall. -promoted by desmoinesdem To be quite honest, I thought I was done writing about politics in Iowa. … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Ralph Abernathy “Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain’t going to be turned around.” April 26 … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature adjourns: What bills passed in 2017 session?

Republicans promised major policy changes after victories in Iowa House and Senate elections in November, and they delivered by approving a sweeping conservative agenda in the Legislature’s 2017 session. This year’s session ended Saturday with the House adjourning at 7:14 a.m. and the Senate wrapping up at … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day

On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won … Continue reading

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2017 Closing Day Remarks by Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg

Mr. President, Mr. Majority Leader, and all my Senate colleagues: During my address on the opening day of this session, I expressed hope the Senate would govern wisely and take action to make life better on the bread-and-butter issues that … Continue reading

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‘Historic’ 2017 Iowa legislative session has concluded

The Republican-led legislature’s sweeping agenda for 2017 recast Iowa labor laws and rewrote the rules for several kinds of lawsuits. Governor Terry Branstad is expected to approve proposals that reshape abortion policy as well. “I think it’s been a very productive session,” Branstad … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: ‘Historic’ session not a label of pride

Legislative session hits working families and traditions of good governance Statement of Iowa Fiscal Partnership • Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project To describe the 2017 Iowa legislative session as “historic” is not a label its leaders should wear with pride. … Continue reading

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2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown)

  Thank you Madam Speaker. First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and being a strong voice for the thousands of Iowans we represent. On behalf of my caucus, I also want … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Mumia Abu-Jamal “Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none.” April 24 The Int’l Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity … Continue reading

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Iowans March For Science This Saturday – Iowa Starting Line

Science and fact-based scientific research is under attack by Republicans at all levels of government. The national scientific community is asking the public for support. There will be national Science Marches in cities all across the country tomorrow. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Prepared remarks by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, ranking member of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee

Thank you Mr. President. I am extremely disappointed by this proposed budget for Health and Human Services. In the past, Democrats and Republicans worked out our differences together. In the end, we jointly supported mental health services. We jointly supported … Continue reading

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