Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Punishing Decade for School Funding

Public investment in K-12 schools — crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity — has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade.  Worse, some of the deepest-cutting states have also … Continue reading

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Grassley, Ernst misleading Iowans about Senate GOP tax bill – Bleeding Heartland

Responding to Iowans who have contacted their offices about tax policy, U.S. Senate Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have misrepresented how the latest Republican bill would affect lower and middle-income taxpayers. The Senate Budget Committee approved the broad tax bill … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: ‘We must be together; our masters … Continue reading

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Beware corporate tax con job

EDITOR’S NOTE: A version of this piece appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, Cedar Rapids Gazette. Online version here. Those pushing the tax bill now before Congress have a tough job. They have to convince ordinary taxpayers that they … Continue reading

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Say no to this Tax Scam

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Senator Grassley ‘Rubber Stamp’ For Trump Judicial Nominees

Local, National Groups Launch Petition Drive Encouraging Citizens To Contact Grassley Des Moines — Local and national organizations today launched a petition drive, encouraging Iowans and Americans to demand that Senator Grassley stop politicizing the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as … Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids Legislative Tour

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Knock for Wendt – SATURDAY

Todd Wendt has been endorsed by the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO   Knock for Wendt –  SATURDAY Sat, December 2nd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Calvary Episcopal Church 1308 S. Cleveland Sioux City, IA 51106 We are asking everyone to volunteer just … Continue reading

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GOP Holiday Tax Plan: Pot Of Gold For The Rich; Coal For Everyone Else – Iowa Starting Line

The Republicans have attempted to disguise their so called “Tax Reform” bill as a tax cut for the middle class. They hoped to zip this partisan, budget busting, wealthy rewarding, corporate welfare gimmick through Congress before anyone could see beyond … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Julian Bond “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Bond was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a politician, professor and … Continue reading

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Union Veterans Council Calls GOP Tax Bill A Direct Attack Against 9 out of 10 Veterans.

The main union veterans Council ask member to call their senators. Action is needed call congress @ 1-844-899-9913 Today the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO is calling on the people of the United States and congress to reject the latest version of … Continue reading

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GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax plan is not a ‘victory’ for Iowans

It is doubtful Rep. Steve King could retain his job in Washington if he represented the 3rd Congressional district of Iowa. His extremism would not be tolerated by many voters in the Des Moines metro. So how does Rep. David Young, who … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Kill the Bad GOP Tax Bill

Working people are mobilizing to kill the GOP tax bill, which is losing support in the Senate after passing the Republican-controlled House. The bill is one of the least popular bills from Congress in living memory because: Millions of working … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: William Sylvis “This moneyed power is fast eating up the substance of the people. We have made war upon it, and we mean to win it. If we can, we will win through the ballot box; … Continue reading

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3 Major ways the Tax cuts to the rich attack 9 in10 veterans

Over 9 million working and retired veterans would be seriously hurt in at least one of three major ways by the tax plan making its way through Congress, and the specific measures being considered right now by the Senate. 1)   … Continue reading

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IT SEEMS BILL DIX LIED ABOUT SENATE’S SEXUAL HARASSMENT REPORT

It’s no surprise that Senate Republican Majority Leader Bill Dix decided to wait until Black Friday morning to release their internal report on sexual harassment. Because it does not look good at all for Dix, who just last week insisted … Continue reading

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“Buy Union” week:

“Buy Union” week: The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage all union members to look for union-made goods and services when they buy for the Holiday Season. When you buy union, you’re supporting good … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: UAW sit-down strikers “We have decided to stay in the plant. We have no illusions about the sacrifices which this decision will entail. We fully expect that if a violent effort is made to oust us, … Continue reading

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The Postal Banking Solution

Bluff, New Zealand is the southernmost inhabited city in the Eastern Hemisphere. The post office there looks over the Foveaux Strait — if you were to sail south from the harbor, the next landmass you’d encounter would be Antarctica. Fewer … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Lots to be Thankful For

Approval of labor unions is the highest since 2003. Working family candidates had a big Election Day. Labor apprenticeship programs are helping women and people of color climb the ladder to better jobs. Working people continue to win organizing and contract campaigns from coast to … Continue reading

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