Monthly Archives: May 2017

Working Families Summit STANDING TOGETHER. FIGHTING BACK

  June 10, 2017 9:00                 Registration – first floor Music – Iris Dement – auditorium                         Mobile Museum – north entrance 10:00               Invocation – 10:05               Welcome – Gary Kroeger  – Logistics, intro Charlie 10:15              … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lyn Childs “We’d never had any opportunity to do that kind of work. Do you think that if you did domestic work all of your life where you cleaned somebody’s toilets and did all the cooking … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit June 10

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Will Grassley Rubber Stamp Trump Nominees?

Why Courts Matter Iowa   Senator Chuck Grassley has suggested in recent weeks that as Chair of the Judiciary Committee he may give more deference to blue-slips when it comes to district court nominations than circuit court nominations, inaccurately claiming … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: A. Philip Randolph “At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you can’t take anything, you won’t get anything, and if … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

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Can you join us again for the Iowa Working Families Summit?

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Can you join us again for the Iowa Working Families Summit? Two years ago you were there in 2015, at the first Working Families Summit hosted by the Iowa Federation of Labor and progressive partners from across the state. Now, … Continue reading

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Higher Minimum Wage Benefits All Working People in Iowa

  View the Economic Policy Institute’s Report on Raising the Minimum Wage  May 25, 2017 — Today, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), introduced the Raise the Wage Act … Continue reading

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UVC stands in support of disabled Veterans targeted by unjust budget

Washington D.C. – President Trumps Fiscal year 2018 budget plan unfairly attacks elderly disabled Veterans, leaving thousands unsure about their financial future. This budget goes against the basic military ethos, “never leave a fallen comrade behind.” “Just because there is … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: James Baldwin “Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.” May 26 Men and women weavers in … Continue reading

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Three Big Things Missing From Kim Reynolds Inaugural Speech – Iowa Starting Line

  Iowa has a new governor. Kim Reynolds was officially sworn in this morning at a large ceremony in the rotunda of the Capitol, with many of the state’s top officials, Republican legislators and major conservative activists in attendance. Terry … Continue reading

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Sad news from the Vilsack family

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Ella Vilsack October 7, 2011 – May 18, 2017 Born in Des Moines, IA Resided in Waukee, IA   Memorial Visitation Veterans Reception Center 910 Main Street Van Meter, IA Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Memorial Service Private Charities Ella’s family suggests … Continue reading

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Statement of Iowa Fiscal Partnership • Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project

Iowa has a new Governor. We cannot say that very often, as only four individuals previously held the office over the last 48 years. The swearing-in today of Governor Kim Reynolds offers all Iowans, including the Governor, an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Senator Hubert H. Humphrey “The first thing I want to say to you as individuals and as a movement-if you’re going to be something, if you’re going to do something, you have to be proud of … Continue reading

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President Trump’s Budget Betrays Working People

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 budget proposal: President Donald Trump’s budget is the most significant betrayal yet of the working people he claims to support. This budget is a blueprint for how to rig … Continue reading

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Working Familes Summit – Standing Together – Fighting Back

Sisters and Brothers, I know it seems like the 2015 Iowa Working Families Summit just happened yesterday. But now in 2017, Iowans have faced numerous attacks on so many fronts, and it’s been hard to keep up. Again, many of … Continue reading

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ReynoldsRecord.com Exposes Kim Reynolds’ Failed Priorities

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Reynolds set to take office as Governor tomorrow with a track record of attacking working families, equality, the environment, and more DES MOINES — Progress Iowa today launched ReynoldsRecord.com, to expose the failed priorities of Kim Reynolds as she prepares … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: George Carlin “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” May … Continue reading

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Congressman David Young’s Bogus 60 Second Surveys – Iowa Starting Line

Each week Congressman David Young sends out a “60 Second Survey” seeking the opinion of those who read his weekly newsletters. He should be commended for seeking feedback from constituents, but virtually all of his surveys are bogus or – … Continue reading

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Free Bus ride to Working Families Summit

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