Monthly Archives: June 2017

Call Grassley and Ernst

Senators are flying home for the Fourth of July recess today. The Senate has still not passed Trumpcare, but GOP leaders are doing everything they can to pressure their members to fall into line. With U.S. Senators back home, we … Continue reading

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4th of July

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Union Veterans

As you may have heard, Will Fischer moved on from the Union Veterans Council. He’s now at VoteVet. Will did an outstanding job bringing the Veterans Council to the forefront of the labor movement, and new director Will Attig has … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.” July 01 The American Flint Glass workers union is formed, headquartered in Pittsburgh.  It was to merge into … Continue reading

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Any way you cut it — Americans lose health coverage

The stakes for some 200,000 Iowans are significant, jeopardizing recent health-care coverage gains and putting vulnerable Iowans at risk. First, let’s make no mistake: Both the Senate and House bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) represent … Continue reading

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2017 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention Call

Click here to get full copy of the 2017 IFL Convention Call

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We have the opportunity to elect one of our own to the Davenport City Council in the Special Election on July 11th.

  We are already well on our way to collecting the absentee ballot requests and identifying voters, but with less than two weeks left to the election, there is still a lot of work to be done. Please, if you … Continue reading

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Letter Opposing Three Bills That Assault the Freedom of Working People to Form and Join Unions

June 28, 2017 Dear Chair Foxx and Ranking Member Scott: The AFL-CIO urges you to oppose three anti-union bills that will come before the Committee on Education and the Workforce this week. Taken together, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (H.R. … Continue reading

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WILL REYNOLDS, GRASSLEY AND ERNST ABANDON IOWA’S MOST VULNERABLE?

The Senate Republicans’ Trumpcare bill is predicted to devastate rural Iowa hospitals and nursing homes. The proposed 25% cut in Medicaid spending will put these Iowa facilities at risk of severe cuts in services or outright closure. Will Senators Grassley … Continue reading

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ON “MIDWEST NICE” AND OUR NOT-NICE POLITICS

A guest post from a fellow campaigner and native Wisconsinite, who’s officially retired from politics but unofficially comments on political news and more at explainher.com. A few years ago, over some now-forgotten holiday, a younger cousin still in college mentioned … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: the Jobs with Justice pledge, which says “I’ll be there to demand jobs with justice” and commits those who take the pledge to be there at least five times over the course of the year. June 30 Alabama … Continue reading

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OTHER VOICES: Iowa Legislature moved state in wrong direction

In a classic bait and switch the Iowa Legislature this year passed an agenda never campaigned on. They wiped out minimum wage increases and strangled public employee and teacher negotiating power. In addition, let’s look at a few less noticed … Continue reading

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STATE SURVEYS FIND LITTLE SUPPORT FOR GOP HEALTH BILL

STATE SURVEYS FIND LITTLE SUPPORT FOR GOP HEALTH BILL ― The House GOP bill to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is deeply unpopular in a number of battleground states, according to a set of new surveys released by the American … Continue reading

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What is Medicaid?

It may be America’s biggest health plan, covering more than 70 million people, but many people do not know what Medicaid is. Here’s what you should know: Every State Has a Different Name for Medicaid: One reason few people know Medicaid … Continue reading

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MEDICAID CUTS COULD BRING BACK SCENES FROM BYGONE ERA

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, that’s a sure sign summer is here. And summer traditionally means vacation season. A summer vacation that is riveted in my memory was in August 1962 when my parents, my two … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Bernie Sanders “ ‘Has access to’ does not mean that they are guaranteed health care. I have access to buying a $10 million home. I don’t have the money to do that.” June 29 What is … Continue reading

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It was clear to us very early on this legislative session what the nasty and disrespectful tone towards workers was going to be.

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor It was clear to us very early on this legislative session what the nasty and disrespectful tone towards workers was going to be.  The very first week of session, I approached the … Continue reading

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Working People Remain United Against Discrimination

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s decision to review President Trump’s travel ban: As the courts continue to review the constitutionality of President Trump’s travel and refugee ban, the labor movement reaffirms our resolve to ensure … Continue reading

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Bolkcom: Reynolds, Stand Up For Iowa’s Healthcare Exchange – Iowa Starting Line

An open letter to the governor from State Senator Joe Bolkcom Dear Governor Reynolds: [Last week], you will have had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with President Trump in Cedar Rapids. I support your announced plan to raise the issue … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: the motto of the Wobblies: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” June 26 Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two … Continue reading

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