Monthly Archives: November 2017

IOWA NOW DEAD LAST IN GDP GROWTH UNDER ALL-REPUBLICAN CONTROL

Very bad news this week for both Governor Kim Reynolds and the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported the second quarter economic growth by state (GDP). Iowa’s economic growth was a negative .7%, dead last … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Clara Lemlich, a 19-year old garment worker in New York City. On November 22, 1909, after sitting through two hours of speeches by men warning about the dangers of striking, Lemlich (right) took over the podium and said: “I … Continue reading

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Sign the petition immediately to hold the line on workplace rights.

The petition says the following: The ability to exploit any person undermines standards for us all. DACA and TPS are crucial programs that provide work permits to more than 1 million working men and women, allowing them to stand up … Continue reading

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GOP AWARDS MASSIVE TAX CUTS TO COMPANIES SITTING ON PILES OF MONEY

Why can’t Republicans just be honest about their massive tax cuts? They want to give the bulk of their massive tax cuts to the richest Americans and profitable corporations while claiming their cuts benefit middle class Americans. They allege that … Continue reading

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Medicaid Managed Mess: Show Up December 5th

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system is a complete mess, but it is the patients and providers who continue to suffer. For some, the nearest healthcare provider is well over an hour away. For others, … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Merle Travis, from his song “Dark as a Dungeon” “Come and listen you fellows, young and so fine, And seek not your fortune in the dark, dreary mines. It will form as a habit and seep … Continue reading

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Organized Labor: Make Next Round of Voting Fairer for Public Workers

Labor advocates are criticizing problems with the recertification voting that involved thousands of Iowa’s public sector workers this fall.  They want the Public Employment Relations Board to improve the  system before more voting takes place next year. Iowa’s new collective … Continue reading

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Bill Dix Is A Very Dumb Man

It is not often in Iowa news cycles you see a politician completely melt down in such a way that Republican Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix did this past week. The sexual harassment scandal, trial and settlement in the … Continue reading

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to Headline 5th Annual Progress Iowa Holiday Party

Des Moines – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will headline Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Holiday Party on December 19th. Mayor de Blasio will focus his remarks on the future of the progressive movement and the effort to resist the conservative … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Conor McGregor “Yes sir, no sir, clock in, clock out. Why were you late? Why are you not in today? That’s not how humans are supposed to live.” This Week in Labor History November 20 First … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation every mine and every mill; fleets … Continue reading

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House of Representatives Votes to Have Seniors Subsidize the Wealthiest 1%

Statement by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the House vote on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”  “The bill the House approved today hurts older Americans now and in the future. “Eliminating the medical … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: DeMaurice Smith “No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights.  No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human … Continue reading

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AFSCME appeals lawsuit challenging collective Iowa bargaining law

Iowa’s largest union for public employees has filed an appeal in a case challenging the state’s new law sharply limiting collective bargaining rights. The suit, filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 in … Continue reading

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Vote no one Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Why Courts Matter Iowa Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Leonard Steven Grasz’s Nomination

[Des Moines]— On October 30, representatives of the American Bar Association released a statement unanimously deeming federal judicial nominee Leonard Steven Grasz “not qualified”. Grasz is the third nominee since 1989 to receive this rating unanimously, and the previous two were not … Continue reading

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GOP Bill is a Job Killer

Republicans in the House are set to vote on a terrible tax bill this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow. Despite claims that this tax plan will help the middle class, nothing could be further from the truth. The GOP tax … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Samuel Gompers “To effect any good by our Unions, we must bring all elements working in our trade into one Organization, for the wrongs heaped upon one element today are merely the precursor for another to … Continue reading

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Please join us this Thursday as working women and men, faith and community groups across the United States show solidarity with those workers and take a stand against corporate greed.

Last year Mondelēz International chose to ship more than 600 good jobs making popular snacks, like Oreos, to Salinas, Mexico. Please join us this Thursday as working women and men, faith and community groups across the United States show solidarity with those … Continue reading

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Expand, Don’t Cut Des Moines’ Postal Services

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by Mike Bates and Mark Dimondstein The public Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide … Continue reading

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