Monthly Archives: July 2017

Kim Reynolds Can’t Just Shrug Off Senate Sex Harassment Scandal – Iowa Starting Line

Republicans love to use the term “leading from behind” when criticizing Democrats. Great leaders demonstrate their skills by boldly offering solutions following the revelations of problems.  They don’t stick their finger in the air to test the wind direction. The … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Wendell Phillips “The labor movement means just this; It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.” Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) was an American abolitionist, orator, and attorney.  July 22 … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: William Burrus “Those unions that enjoy the right to strike have no guarantee that sacrificing their jobs and their livelihood will result in victory but they nevertheless engage in lengthy strikes, not because they are assured … Continue reading

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Rushing to vote Iowans off insurance | The Gazette

We have seen this film before. Legislators propose a new law that they claim will improve health care but pushes millions off health coverage, strips away protections in current law, tells cash-strapped states to pick up the tab and gives … Continue reading

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Iowa GOP takes aim at IPERS

Matt Sinovic, guest columnist Jul 19, 2017 at 10:21 am |  Print View Once again, Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are inviting an out-of-state attack on the economic security of Iowa families. Their target is the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System — … Continue reading

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Administration Falls Woefully Short in NAFTA Renegotiation Plans

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after the release of the U.S. trade representative’s objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement: The NAFTA objectives don’t inspire confidence that the Trump administration’s actions will meet its rhetoric … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Louis H. Albert “I don’t mind coming to work — I just don’t want to stay when I get there.” July 20 New York City newsboys, many so poor that they were sleeping in the streets, begin … Continue reading

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Senators urge Governor Reynolds to ask Senators Ernst, Grassley to oppose health care changes that would hurt Iowans

The top two Democratic State Senators on the Iowa Senate’s healthcare budget and policy committees are urging Governor Kim Reynolds to contact U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley about the threat that healthcare legislation pending in the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Sue Carney “At the core, labor unions are working men and women, unified as one force. Despite any personal differences that may exist between us, we have banded together to protect and improve the lives of … Continue reading

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Charter Communications Workers and Customers Deserve Better

(Washington, DC, July 14, 2017) Concerned citizens handed out leaflets at more than 900 Charter Communications Inc. payment centers throughout the United States today, letting customers know about the corporation’s unchecked greed. Charter Communications is one of the nation’s most profitable … Continue reading

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Make-or-Break Moment in NAFTA Renegotiation Plans

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement ahead of Monday’s release of the U.S. Trade Representative’s objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement: Working people have lived the failures of NAFTA, and President Donald Trump has made big promises … Continue reading

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No Payoff Can Justify Terrible Health Care Bill

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the latest revisions to the Senate health care bill:   Nobody has mastered Washington’s backroom deals better than Senator Mitch McConnell, but even he can’t sell his terrible health care bill to an … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Thurgood Marshall “This is not 50 men on trial for mutiny. This is the Navy on trial for its whole vicious policy toward Negroes.” The future Supreme Court Justice was the chief special counsel for the … Continue reading

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Trumpcare is the most hated legislation in thirty years.

Mitch McConnell won’t let senators go home for the August recess, because the divided Republican caucus will crumble if senators face angry constituents who overwhelming despise this bill. Trumpcare is the most hated legislation in thirty years. We have relentlessly voiced our disgust at the GOP … Continue reading

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Davis-Bacon Is Not Racist, and We Need to Protect It | AFL-CIO

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  In 1931, a Republican senator, James Davis of Pennsylvania, and a Republican congressman, Robert Bacon of New York, came together to author legislation requiring local prevailing wages on public works projects. The bill, known as Davis-Bacon, which was signed into law … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Chris Rhomberg, in “The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor.” “Deliberately negotiating to impasse, unilaterally imposing conditions, and breaking strikes—all of these actions destroy the function of collective bargaining…” July 14 The … Continue reading

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Cradling New Life Helps Premature Babies

When these union brothers and sisters are not building power lines or are not hanging out with saws in hand maneuvering around high power electrical wire, they are raising money for pre-mature babies. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union … Continue reading

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NLRB Nominees’ Records Raise Serious Concerns

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on nominees to the National Labor Relations Board who will testify before the Senate HELP Committee on Thursday, July 13, 2017:  President Trump has chosen two nominees for the National Labor Relations Board whose … Continue reading

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