Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ending Temporary Protected Status Would Hurt All Working People

 Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the administration’s decision to terminate TPS for working people from Nicaragua and leave Honduran TPS holders in limbo: The Temporary Protected Status program has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades because it provides broad … Continue reading

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Unions overcome unbalanced bargaining law

ALEC-friendly lawmakers, eager to crush public-sector unions, may have instead given them new organizational life. If Iowa lawmakers thought that their Draconian revisions to Chapter 20 could break the back of public-sector unionism, the last two months have proven them … Continue reading

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Des Moines post office workers will protest cutbacks this week

Local employees of the United States Postal Service will join a series of national protests as they picket outside the downtown post office, 1165 Second Avenue, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Union officials say management has already eliminated 36 of approximately … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: William Hutcheson “While we have every desire to assist the government in the crisis we are now passing through, we have no intention of waiving our rights to maintain for ourselves the conditions we have established.” … Continue reading

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DHS Dir. Foxhoven to defend “the nation’s worst state Medicaid privatization effort”

1 PM, Tues., Nov. 7 / Room 116, Iowa Statehouse Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom, Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Medicaid Assistance Advisory Council “On Tuesday, November 7, Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven will … Continue reading

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How the House Tax Proposal Would Affect Iowa Residents’ Federal Taxes

How the House Tax Proposal Would Affect Iowa Residents’ Federal Taxes – ITEP The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was introduced on November 2 in the House of Representatives, includes some provisions that raise taxes and some that cut … Continue reading

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Iowa’s health coverage plans shift cost to state workers | The Gazette

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New law bans most public employees from negotiating over health costs DES MOINES — Thousands of state employees, many who no longer are allowed to bargain collectively for benefits, could face significantly higher health care costs starting Jan. 1 under … Continue reading

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Vote November 7

Here is a list of Union Endorsed candidates. Please go vote for these candidates! Click here to find where you need to go to vote. Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor   Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large   Boone Elijah Stines                                      … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Emily Blunt “Unions are a major inconvenience to those who wish to exploit and steal from the working class.” – Blunt is a British film and stage actress November 06 French transport worker and socialist Eugene … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS’ BUDGET CRISIS PUTTING IOWA PENITENTIARY STAFF AT RISK

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Escalating violence at the Iowa Department of Corrections’ (DOC) facilities are endangering both correctional officers as well as offenders. Reynolds’ budget crisis is driving Iowa correctional facilities to pack offenders together, stretching prisons beyond maximum capacity by nearly 14%. The … Continue reading

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Vote on Tuesday for these Union Endorsed Candidates

  Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor   Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large   Boone Elijah Stines                                      City Council Ward 3 Cedar Falls Erin Cornelius                                   City Council At-Large   Cedar Rapids Dale Todd                                         City Council Dist. 3 Justin Shields                                    City Council … Continue reading

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Another reason to support IPERS

How bad might this identity theft case have been for retirees with their IPERS benefits in one of any number of privately managed accounts? An estimated 103 beneficiaries of the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) were recent victims of … Continue reading

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VA launches program aimed at providing Veterans more options in claims disagreements

VA announced that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” with the goal of providing Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their benefit claims. RAMP will provide expanded opportunities for … Continue reading

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House Tax Bill is a Sleight of Hand on Small Business

Des Moines, IA – Small business owners in Iowa are gravely concerned by the tax bill introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though the White House and Congressional leadership have touted their tax plan as being beneficial to small business … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs “Privately owned industry and production for individual profit are no longer compatible with social progress and have ceased to work out to humane and civilized ends.” November 04 Populist humorist Will Rogers was … Continue reading

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Republican Tax Bill Nothing But Corporate Giveaways

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the Republican tax bill released today: This tax bill is a job killer. It gives hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs and profits. No … Continue reading

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Initial Podcast “Union Yes Iowa”

The Iowa Federation is producing a podcast. This is the initial attempt. Our plan is to have these produced at least once a month, or more as needed. Hopefully they will get better as we learn more about what we … Continue reading

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House Tax Bill Has Low-Income Seniors Subsidizing the Top 1%

Retirees are Already Calling Capitol Hill Switchboard to Protest  The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding today’s rollout of the GOP tax bill by the House Committee on Ways and … Continue reading

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Trumka Praises “Better Deal” for Working People

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks at a press conference unveiling the labor proposals in Congressional Democrats’ “Better Deal” platform. Last week, the AFL-CIO held our convention in St. Louis. We listened to working people and came together … Continue reading

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REPORT: Iowa’s Student Loan Debt Reaches More Than $13 Billion

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s total student loan debt balance was $13.08 billion as of 2016, according to recently released figures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), while Iowa ranks 15th worst in the nation for student debt with … Continue reading

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