Monthly Archives: October 2017

Labor Union Endorsed Candidates for November 7 Election

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Early Voting is going on for these races. Please support and vote for these Labor Union Endorsed Cadidates. Election Day is November 7.  Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor  Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large Boone Elijah Stines                                      City Council Ward 3 … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Sexual Harassment Problem Starts At The Top, Too – Iowa Starting Line

Iowa Senate Republicans’ disgusting sexual harassment behavior cost you as an Iowa taxpayer $1.75 million. That was the settlement reached to end a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Kirsten Anderson, the former Communication Director for the Iowa Senate Republicans. That … Continue reading

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Statement by ISEA President Tammy Wawro on Summary Judgement

  DES MOINES, IA (10/19/2017) (readMedia)– The ISEA received notice today that the initial step in our lawsuit filed against the state of Iowa over the new collective bargaining bill was denied. Judge Huppert, of the Fifth Judicial District of … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs “I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions … Continue reading

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Iowa Educators Reject Attacks on Their Unions

With the fate of Iowa’s public-sector unions on the line in hundreds of recertification votes in school districts and campuses across the state, Iowa educators are making it clear: their vote is a resounding UNION YES! A new state law, … Continue reading

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How Many Iowans Must Die Before Reynolds Reverses Medicaid Privatization? – Iowa Starting Line

This week the Des Moines Register reported another Iowan on Medicaid died following refusal of Medicaid providers to pay for adequate care. Her nursing home’s decision to refuse accepting Medicaid patients on ventilators would require her to move 90 miles from Des Moines. The … Continue reading

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Iowa small businesses will be harmed by Senate Budget Resolution this week

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Healthcare for 636,800 Iowa Medicaid enrollees and 598,100 Medicare recipients is jeopardized so that the top 1% can get a $50,050 tax cut See this new fact sheet for the effects on Iowa small business owners and their communities.   DES MOINES, … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Frederick Douglass “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” October 20 Eugene V. Debs, U.S. labor leader and socialist, dies in Elmhurst, Ill. Among his radical ideas: an 8-hour … Continue reading

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICER STABBED FIVE TIMES BY WHITE SUPREMACIST AT IOWA STATE PENITENTIARY

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the stabbing of a Correctional Officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison: “This morning, a Correctional Officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary was stabbed … Continue reading

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Opioid Abuse in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa _ A legislative committee met twice, recently, to take another look at the state’s response to the epidemic of opioid abuse, an issue that lawmakers have been unable to address in the past. Rep. Chuck Isenhart, D-Dubuque, … Continue reading

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The ‘Fake’ Grassley: Senator Held Just 15 Public Meetings in 2017, Continues To Avoid Iowa’s Largest Counties For Public Meetings

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Progress Iowa Publishes Updated Research, Again Debunking The Myth of the Senator’s Annual ‘Full Grassley’ 99 County Tour Extensive Research of Grassley’s Meetings Show He Consistently Avoids Iowa’s Largest Counties When Holding Public Meetings DES MOINES – Progress Iowa today released updated, … Continue reading

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#StandingtogetherFightingback: The Listening Tour | Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

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#StandingtogetherFightingback: The Listening Tour | Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Are you concerned about the hatred, bigotry, and violence we are seeing in our country? Do you believe all people should be treated equally and with respect in our communities and … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Saul Alinsky “Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.” photo: Saul Alinsky October 19 The National … Continue reading

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Policy Project Events

Talk with us Oct. 19 in Indianola IPP has been invited to make a presentation on several issues Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m. at the Warren County Historical Museum in Indianola. Organized by Indivisible Warren County and other sponsors, this 90-minute event will feature discussion on … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: William “Big Bill” Haywood “If the workers are organized, all they have to do is to put their hands in their pockets and they have got the capitalist class whipped.” October 16 Queen Marie Antoinette, wife … Continue reading

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ILLEGAL REPOS CAUSE VETERAN PUSHBACK ON FORCED ARBITRATION

. The Union Veterans Council supported the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ban of forced arbitration clauses in a letter to congress this week, claiming that the “rigged, secretive” practice kept the problem of illegal servicemember vehicle repossessions in the dark. Specifically, the group cites … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.“ October 07 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, born in … Continue reading

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U.S. House Votes to Slash $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. House Votes to Slash $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid Medicare Eligibility Age Would Rise from 65 to 67 The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding today’s vote on … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lech Walesa “We desire peace – and that is why we have never resorted to physical force. We crave for justice – and that is why we are so persistent in the struggle for our rights, … Continue reading

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