Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

Minimum wage sinking — not ‘stuck’

New analysis from the Economic Policy Institute illustrates just how much we underestimate the impact of inaction on the minimum wage when we talk of it being “stuck,” “frozen,” or “held down,” at $7.25. In reality, as EPI’s David Cooper shows, the … Continue reading

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Hart highlights bipartisan opportunities to reinvest in rural Iowa in letter to Governor

State Senator Rita Hart of Wheatland highlighted several bipartisan ways to reinvest in rural Iowa and small towns in a letter to Governor Kim Reynolds on August 1. Hart, former chair of the Iowa Senate’s Economic Growth Committee, offered ways to revitalize … Continue reading

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For unions, electing Democratic governor would be a good start

CEDAR RAPIDS — A little help. That’s what union members are looking for from Iowa’s next governor. “A governor who would listen to working people’s concerns,” Hawkeye Area Labor Council President Kelly Steinke said at the group’s annual steak fry … Continue reading

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Union re-certification process moves forward under Iowa’s new collective bargaining laws

An estimated 40,000 union workers will cast ballots in the next three months, marking the start of a new certification process for public-sector labor unions that was approved earlier this year in a massive overhaul of Iowa’s collective bargaining laws. A … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Applauds Democratic Focus on Making Trade Better for Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement after the Senate Democrats unveiled the blueprint for a “Better Deal on Trade and Jobs”:  We applaud Sen. Chuck Schumer’s leadership and the Senate Democrats for committing to better trade deals and … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Jed Harris “It was dog eat dog and vice versa.” Harris was a producer describing the pre-Actors Equity time (see Labor History below).  August 07 Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Wobbly organizer, born – 1890 Eugene Debs and three … Continue reading

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