Monthly Archives: April 2017

Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Mary Doyle Keefe, the youngtelephone operator who modeled for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” painting, who said “There was a war on, and you did what you could. . . . I was proud that it helped the … Continue reading

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Vote for Cradling New Life

A Community Thrives (Grant Opportunity): A Community Thrives (ACT) provides tools and resources for improving people, government, organizations, and businesses to better their community. This year is the first year that A Community Thrive has presented the opportunity for projects … Continue reading

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Attend a Forum

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It’s almost over for this year.  On Monday, once again, hundreds of Iowans packed the State Capitol to speak out against the terrible GOP budget cuts.  After the GOP turned a $928 million surplus into a $130 million deficit, Iowans … Continue reading

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DREAMer Deportation Increases Fear Among Iowa Immigrants – Iowa Starting Line

Yesterday’s shocking news on the deportation of Californian Juan Manuel Montes has increased the anxiety in the immigrant community. Montes, 23, came to the United States at age 9 and believed he was protected from deportation under President Obama’s Deferred … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Walter Reuther  “There is no power in the world that can stop the forward march of free men and women when they are joined in the solidarity of human brotherhood.”   April 21 New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller … Continue reading

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Attacks on public-sector workers hurt working people and benefit the wealthy

Often, when politicians or corporate lobbyists attack public employees, they claim they’re acting to help hard-working taxpayers in the nonunion private sector who are suffering under the burden of supposedly fat and lazy government workers and their Cadillac pensions. Earlier … Continue reading

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Opponents say Trump Proposal Undermines Social Security

April 19, 2017 – Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window The latest federal estimates say Social Security’s trust fund will run out in 2034, although the program would continue to pay benefits through its income … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: George Meany “Greed to make the last dollar of profit led those employers to use violence, the courts and blacklists as weapons against unionism. They sought to deny workers their First Amendment rights-to act together and … Continue reading

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‘Buy America’ Good First Step for Working People

 Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on today’s ‘Buy America’ and Work Visa Executive Order: We welcome efforts to improve the effectiveness of “Buy America” and “Buy American,” both of which commit taxpayer funds to support good jobs and businesses … Continue reading

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Synthetic drugs found in Iowa State Penitentiary

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is inside the Iowa State Penitentiary, Iowa’s maximum security prison in Fort Madison, according to a local union that represents officers in the penitentiary. The Iowa Department of Corrections acknowledged the presence of drugs in the prison … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. “Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.” April 19 In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture … Continue reading

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More than 200 organizations oppose calls for new constitutional convention, warn of dangers

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As wealthy special interests groups increase their efforts, constitutional rights and public interest groups stand in opposition to an Article V convention that could rewrite the U.S. Constitution Today 230 national, state, and local groups are releasing a letter in … Continue reading

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Our 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference is coming up on Saturday, April 29 at Des Moines University from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Our 5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference is coming up on Saturday, April 29 at Des Moines University from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.! This year’s conference theme is Facing Our New Reality, and we hope you’ll join us. … Continue reading

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Town Hall with Sen. Chuck Grassley

You may have seen in the news recently on the impact that concerned members of the community have had by going to town halls. If you haven’t signed up to attend a town hall yet, will you join other members … Continue reading

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ISP DRUG INFILTRATION ALLOWED WITHOUT LOCKDOWN

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to a rising drug problem at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison: “In recent weeks, a total of twelve inmates have been tied to … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Pope Francis “Work is fundamental to the dignity of the person.”  April 17 The Supreme Court holds that a maximum-hours law for New York bakery workers is unconstitutional under the due process clause of the 14th amendment – … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature attacks Iowa Workers and their families

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By any measure, the speed and ferocity of attacks against Iowa workers and their families by the state legislature represents a dramatic departure from the balance of power between people and big corporations and millionaires. Politicians perpetuating alternative facts want … Continue reading

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Forums for April 14 – 20

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House and Senate Republicans unveiled their budget targets for 2018 and their intentions to drastically cut vital services that Iowans rely on. The targets slash resources from Governor Branstad’s already-scarce budget by an additional $38 million. The proposal cuts the … Continue reading

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If you love and value facts, you should be excited about this announcement. Vote Smart, one of the nation’s premier non-partisan political research organizations, opened their new headquarters at Drake University on Monday. Vote Smart President Richard Kimball said they … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Eugene Victor Debs “The working class who make the sacrifices, who shed the blood, have never yet had a voice in declaring war. The ruling class has always made the war and made the peace.” photo at right: … Continue reading

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