Monthly Archives: September 2017

Workers on Janus: A Political Effort to Further Rig the Rules Against Working People

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 In a rigged economy, workers say the freedom to come together in strong unions is more important than ever     WASHINGTON – The following statement was issued by members and leaders of AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU – the nation’s four largest … Continue reading

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GOP tax plan is ‘the great con,’ says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

The Republican tax reform plan gives more to rich people and corporations, with middle- and lower-income Americans paying for it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC on Wednesday. Republicans unveiled a framework on Wednesday that included sweeping tax cuts for … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: George Odger “Whenever working men of one country are sufficiently well organized to demand higher wages or shorter hours, they are met by the threat of the employer to hire cheaper foreign labor, and this evil … Continue reading

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New Date for IFL Legislative Conference

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Teachers vote overwhelmingly to maintain unions in initial voting

Thirteen bargaining units representing nearly 1,300 Iowa teachers and faculty have voted overwhelmingly to maintain their union affiliations in the first wave of elections required under Iowa’s new collective bargaining laws. Iowa Public Employment Relations Board staff tallied votes Tuesday, as the two-week voting period drew … Continue reading

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Working people just stopped Senate Republicans from gutting health care as we know it—AGAIN.

The defeat of the Graham–Cassidy health care bill proves what we’ve known all along: When working people join together to champion our cause, we can win. We’re asking everyone to share this graphic to celebrate the defeat of this terrible … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Clara Lemlich “I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers … Continue reading

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A tax plan that works for the people, not Wall Street

  Working people are tired of hearing how tax giveaways for Wall Street billionaires and corporations will supposedly trickle down to the rest of us. Too many politicians and pundits want us to believe our country is broke, and we … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Johnny Cash “They gave him his orders at Monroe Virginia Said Steve you’re way behind time This is not the 38 this is ‘ol 97 You must put her into Spencer on time” – from Cash’s … Continue reading

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About those 10 reasons, Senator …

At stake is health care access for millions, including people with pre-existing conditions. Surely these would be at the top of any list of concerns about Cassidy-Graham. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has made the point himself: The Cassidy-Graham bill to … Continue reading

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Bad for Iowa

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Davidson “Bayard Rustin, Dolores Huerta, the pioneers of the farmworker movement and the workers of the Memphis sanitation strike also are on the (Labor Hall of Honor) list of labor heroes and heroines. As a … Continue reading

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Public Pensions Are Under Attack in Iowa – NPPC

Iowa is fortunate to have a strong public pension system. The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) provides pensions to teachers, firefighters, and other public employees throughout the Hawkeye State. In fact, one in ten Iowans is a member of … Continue reading

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Education Cuts

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Edmund Burke “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” This quote appears at the very beginning of Martin Foran’s novel, “The … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: Session avoided — keep eye on the ball

Three months after a fiscal year ends, the course should have been clear IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2017) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement with Governor Kim Reynolds’ announcement that no special session would be needed … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS BUDGET CRISIS FORCES IOWA TO BORROW MILLIONS

Borrowing $13 million to cover budget shortfall like ‘rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa today called on Iowans to take action, releasing a new website to highlight the Reynolds Budget Crisis that has the state to … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!” September 21 Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike – 1896 Mother … Continue reading

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Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

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While the state’s fiscal year ended back in June, lawmakers are still waiting to see if Gov. Reynolds will be forced to call us back into a special session to finally close the books on the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY17). … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Iowa jobs grow, still at slow pace

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Jobless rate 3.3 percent; fourth straight monthly increase in payroll jobs IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 15, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs showed a fourth straight monthly boost, while the unemployment rate also bumped higher, to 3.3 percent. The Iowa Policy … Continue reading

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