Monthly Archives: October 2017

Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin Roosevelt “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” October 25 What many believe to be the first formal training … Continue reading

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We Won’t Back Down

“The attacks on the backbone of our nation—working people—constitutes nothing less than a clear and present danger to our democracy. “So we are going to fight back. Smartly. Strategically. As one united movement. We are going to fight back against … Continue reading

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Recertification Elections CLOSE TODAY!

To find out if YOU are eligible to vote, review the list of bargaining units found at bit.ly/afscmerecert (state employees do not vote until next year). Voting runs until 1:00 PM today (October 24th). All bargaining unit members should vote, not just union members. If you … Continue reading

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Gov. Reynolds Provides Only Excuses On Health Care

Des Moines — Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the announcement made by Governor Reynolds earlier today, about Iowa’s stopgap measure being removed from consideration: “This is inexcusable. Iowans are suffering, and the … Continue reading

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KIM REYNOLDS’ FAILURE WILL COST THOUSANDS OF IOWANS’ THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced this afternoon that Iowa had failed to obtain a waiver on Iowa’s stopgap health insurance plan yet from the Trump Administration and was withdrawing their proposal. About 70,000 Iowans are on the state’s individual market … Continue reading

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Why Labor Is Fighting to Save Veterans’ Healthcare

In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies. As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Elects Top Officers at 2017 Convention in St. Louis

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Trumka, Shuler, Gebre Unanimously Re-elected  (St. Louis, Oct. 22) – Today, delegates to the AFL-CIO 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis elected Richard Trumka (UMWA) as president, Liz Shuler (IBEW) as secretary-treasurer and Tefere Gebre (UFCW) as executive vice president. In … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who said last week, when announcing the introduction of a resolution honoring postal workers Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris  (see Today’s Labor History): “Sixteen years later, it is important that Congress and the … Continue reading

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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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