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IFP Statement: Session avoided — keep eye on the ball

Three months after a fiscal year ends, the course should have been clear IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2017) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement with Governor Kim Reynolds’ announcement that no special session would be needed … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS BUDGET CRISIS FORCES IOWA TO BORROW MILLIONS

Borrowing $13 million to cover budget shortfall like ‘rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa today called on Iowans to take action, releasing a new website to highlight the Reynolds Budget Crisis that has the state to … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!” September 21 Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike – 1896 Mother … Continue reading

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Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

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While the state’s fiscal year ended back in June, lawmakers are still waiting to see if Gov. Reynolds will be forced to call us back into a special session to finally close the books on the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY17). … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Iowa jobs grow, still at slow pace

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Jobless rate 3.3 percent; fourth straight monthly increase in payroll jobs IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 15, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs showed a fourth straight monthly boost, while the unemployment rate also bumped higher, to 3.3 percent. The Iowa Policy … Continue reading

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ACA Repeal is Back: Joni Ernst Town Halls in Iowa City, Corydon, Charles City

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photo/Bloomberg Tell Joni Ernst how you feel about her previous and future votes to repeal your health care. She has already voted for repeal three times. Ernst voted for Repeal and Replace.  She voted for partial repeal. She voted for … Continue reading

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16,000 Iowans Lose Wages in Overtime Pay Changes

http://iowahouse.org/StatehouseNews/9-13-17 An estimated 16,000 Iowans will lose wages this year after Republican lawmakers and Governor Reynolds made significant changes to overtime pay last session. Nurses, social workers, and public defenders are among the 3,000 Iowans who will no longer be … Continue reading

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Tell your senators to oppose the Graham–Cassidy repeal bill and any other bill that guts our health care.

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We don’t have a lot of time. We recently learned that Republican leaders have been gathering support for an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact huge health care cuts by the end of September. A group of … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.  “The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it…those who attack labor forget these simple truths but history remembers them.” September 18 The Teamsters for a Democratic … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations and social standing, never can bring about a reform.” September 16 More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war … Continue reading

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Labor and WIN candidates did very well in School Board Elections

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Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) candidates won over 70% of the endorsed races. “It was good to see so many citizens stepping up to run for school board across Iowa. We are very happy that so … Continue reading

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Iowa health coverage expands with Affordable Care Act

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New census data show sharp 3-year decline in uninsurance in state IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 12, 2017) — New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Edward Croker “When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Sector is Growing, But Workers Aren’t Sharing in the Gains

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Washington, DC — The healthcare sector is one of the most important sources of jobs in the economy. Healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion in 2015, or 17.8 percent of GDP, and accounted for 12.8 percent of private sector jobs. It was … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lucy Parsons “Let us sink such differences as nationality, religion, politics and set our eyes eternallyand forever toward the rising star of the industrial republic of labor; remembering that we have left the old behind and … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Announces $5 Million in Cash Aid and $500 Million in Long-Term Investment to Help Communities Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

(Houston, Sept. 1, 2017) – AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler traveled to Houston to announce a significant investment by the labor movement to support Hurricane Harvey’s victims and to help rebuild areas destroyed by the historic storm. Specifically, she committed to raising $5 million … Continue reading

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2017 Union Sponsored Labor Day Events Around Iowa

  Lucas: September 2: John L Lewis Parade and city events. Parade line up 10:45 am. Various events all day. www.coalmininglabormuseum.com/events.  641-766-6421 or 641-766-6544, Clinton: Day Before Picnic – September 3. Eagle Point Park Lodge. Noon. Free Food Beverages, prizes and kid’s games. … Continue reading

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I wanted to say a few things about this year’s inductees into the Iowa Labor Hall of Fame.

It has been a busy few weeks now at the Iowa AFL-CIO and coming up on labor day weekend, I wanted to say a few things about this year’s inductees into the Iowa Labor Hall of Fame. Bruce Clark is … Continue reading

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2017 Labor Day Op-ed

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On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. In 2017, this annual celebration comes at a critical time for our nation. Collective action is on the rise—yet so are the attacks on our pay, health … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Theresa White “I worked in there for eight days once. Then I quit. Slavery time’s been over. I just couldn’t do it anymore.”  – White was a former Imperial Poultry worker; see history for September 3, … Continue reading

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