Monthly Archives: December 2017

Charities will need more but get less after GOP tax reform

Iowa’s two U.S. senators and three Republican members of the House of Representatives voted to approve a tax overhaul bill signed by President Donald Trump last week. The people of this state should now be crystal clear on the priorities of their … Continue reading

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Silica Court Victory Is Lifesaving for Working People

  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Decision Upholding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard: Working people won a huge victory today with the court’s decision fully … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Woody Guthrie “I ain’t a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life.” December 25 A dynamite bomb destroys a portion of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles, where a bitter strike was … Continue reading

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Solidarity for the Holidays

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DRI HAS CREATED AN UNSAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR ELDORA EMPLOYEES

 DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement following a town hall meeting with employees of the State Training School at Eldora: “It has become clear to me that recent reports out of the State Training … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—We Can Raise Pay

The rules of our economy have been rigged against working people for decades, but our sustained activism can raise pay and build momentum for a new economy built on broadly shared prosperity. We raise pay by negotiating with employers. As … Continue reading

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UAW chief rips Ford plan to move production to Mexico, says tax bill undermines NAFTA plan

UAW President Dennis Williams condemned Ford Motor’s strategy to move production of electric vehicles from Michigan to Mexico and noted the silence of President Donald Trump on Ford’s recent announcement. “I’m angry at Ford,” he said during an interview Tuesday with … Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuit Hits T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox and Hundreds of Large Employers for Allegedly Using Facebook to Exclude Millions of Older Americans from Job Ads in Violation of Age Discrimination Laws

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and three workers filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile US, Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon), Cox Communications and Media Group (Cox), and hundreds of other large employers and employment agencies … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day:Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft, who declared that picketing was, in part, “an unlawful annoyance and hurtful nuisance…” December 22 A group of building trades unions from the Midwest meet in St. Louis … Continue reading

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CWA Represented Workers at AT&T to Get $1,000 Bonus, ‘If You Don’t Ask for Your Fair Share, You’ll Never Get It’

  Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Following discussions with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, CWA President Chris Shelton reported that CWA represented workers at AT&T will receive a $1,000 bonus. Last month, CWA said employers should guarantee the $4,000 wage increase promised by the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Sojourner Truth “You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long … Continue reading

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State Lawmakers File Healthy Iowans for a Public Option Bill

Des Moines, Iowa – State Senator Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, and State Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale, filed a bill today that will make health care more accessible and affordable for Iowans.  Called the Healthy Iowans for a Public Option (HIPO), … Continue reading

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Johnson County Minimum Wage Impact Report,

Thursday 9 AM The latest milestone for the Johnson County minimum wage campaign is around the corner: the Johnson County Minimum Wage Advisory Commission will be releasing its report of the impact of the minimum wage increase in Johnson County at … Continue reading

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Night at the South Pole

“Operation IceBridge” featuring Dr. Nathan Kurtz  Night at the South Pole will take place Thursday, December 28th. Beginning at 6pm, the night will start with a discussion taking place at the Ft. Madison Labor Hall, or Newberry Center, at 728 ½ Avenue … Continue reading

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One reason IPERS works

Iowa Policy Project   Always beware those promoting solutions in search of a problem. Worse yet: solutions that are not solutions, to problems that are not problems. With that warning, we introduce the return of some in the Legislature and … Continue reading

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Here Come the Republican Benefit Cuts

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First, they run up the deficit with massive tax giveaways for millionaires and Wall Street; then they use the deficit as an excuse to cut benefits for working people. This is what the Republican tax scam is all about. Anybody … Continue reading

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Republicans in Congress have reached agreement on a job-killing tax plan that makes working people pay the price for massive tax giveaways to millionaires and wealthy corporations. 

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Here are the main reasons the legislation is bad for working people: Rigging the rules. Big banks, hedge funds and other Wall Street firms are the biggest winners from this tax bill. The richest 1% of households would receive 83% of tax cuts, … Continue reading

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The news about the GOP Tax Bill is worse than we thought.

Senator Bob Corker flipped from “no” to “yes,” right after a provision was added to enrich real estate moguls like himself. He personally stands to gain over $1 million per year in tax breaks. Disgusting? Yes. But now is the time to step … Continue reading

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New Iowa health care disaster approaches:  State of Iowa facing millions more in costs while kicking 44,000 children off health insurance

Iowa Senate News Release DES MOINES  –  Iowa’s outstanding health insurance for children is at risk due to the Congressional failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Without federal action, the state of Iowa faces millions more in … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Nancy MacLean “Public interest has been subordinated to private interest, and when there is no clear distinction between them, it opens the door to endless opportunities for corruption.” – MacLean (right) is the author of Democracy … Continue reading

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