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In Case You Missed It: Republicans Use Koch-Funded Group To Attack Retirement Security

Key Point & Column Attributable to Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa Key Point: Iowa Republicans held a meeting today — with less than a day’s notice — bringing an out-of-state, Koch-funded organization to the capitol in order to … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Brooks Atkinson “Don’t be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.” July 26 In Chicago, 30 workers are killed by federal troops, more than 100 wounded at the “Battle of the Viaduct” … Continue reading

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Governor urged to back plan to let parents affected by individual health insurance crisis to buy hawk-i children’s health insurance

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   (Des Moines)  Today at the Iowa Statehouse, a state senator and an Iowa pediatrician proposed a plan to protect more than 11,000 Iowa children from losing health insurance on January 1 of next year.   The children’s parents are among those who … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Robert Reich “If the minimum wage in 1968 had simply kept up with inflation it would be more than $10 today.  If it also kept up with the added productivity of American workers since then, it … Continue reading

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Our Lives on the Line

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ON JULY 29TH, AMERICANS ARE COMING TOGETHER ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SAY: OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE – WE NEED TO LIFT UP THE VOICES OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR CARE … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Wendell Phillips “The labor movement means just this; It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.” Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) was an American abolitionist, orator, and attorney.  July 22 … Continue reading

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Senators urge Governor Reynolds to ask Senators Ernst, Grassley to oppose health care changes that would hurt Iowans

The top two Democratic State Senators on the Iowa Senate’s healthcare budget and policy committees are urging Governor Kim Reynolds to contact U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley about the threat that healthcare legislation pending in the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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Trumpcare is the most hated legislation in thirty years.

Mitch McConnell won’t let senators go home for the August recess, because the divided Republican caucus will crumble if senators face angry constituents who overwhelming despise this bill. Trumpcare is the most hated legislation in thirty years. We have relentlessly voiced our disgust at the GOP … Continue reading

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Davis-Bacon Is Not Racist, and We Need to Protect It | AFL-CIO

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  In 1931, a Republican senator, James Davis of Pennsylvania, and a Republican congressman, Robert Bacon of New York, came together to author legislation requiring local prevailing wages on public works projects. The bill, known as Davis-Bacon, which was signed into law … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Chris Rhomberg, in “The Broken Table: The Detroit Newspaper Strike and the State of American Labor.” “Deliberately negotiating to impasse, unilaterally imposing conditions, and breaking strikes—all of these actions destroy the function of collective bargaining…” July 14 The … Continue reading

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Cradling New Life Helps Premature Babies

When these union brothers and sisters are not building power lines or are not hanging out with saws in hand maneuvering around high power electrical wire, they are raising money for pre-mature babies. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union … Continue reading

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Why not a special session?

  Now is the time to be speaking frankly about the longer-term impacts of health care policy — and that might make a special session useful, sooner rather than later. Long-term impacts could be decided in short order; Might not … Continue reading

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The Senate is again operating in secret, working to take health care away from millions of people.

Watching the local news, you might think the most important thing right now is fireworks… but we know better! The Senate is again operating in secret, working to take health care away from millions of people. We need to act … Continue reading

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Are you ready to get fired up for the future of Iowa?

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On July 15, Des Moines will host a moment in history: A day when everyday Iowans from across the state will gather to build a future that works for all Iowans for generations to come. That’s right — Bernie is coming back to … Continue reading

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Politics is local

WIN WORKING IOWA NEIGHBORS in your neighborhood The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFLCIO, established the WIN Program in 2011 to help make working families a priority for local and state elected officials. In the aftermath of the 2010 Election, members … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Clarence Darrow “Every intelligent person who has investigated this question understands that working men have the right to organize; understands that if laborers are not satisfied with their conditions, they may stop work; they may stop work singly … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Mother Jones “The employment of children is doing more to fill prisons, insane asylums, almshouses, reformatories, slums, and gin shops than all the efforts of reformers are doing to improve society.” July 08 First anthracite coal strike in U.S. … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Sam Gompers “We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.” Gompers was president of the … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane.” July 01 The American Flint Glass workers union is formed, headquartered in Pittsburgh.  It was to merge into … Continue reading

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Any way you cut it — Americans lose health coverage

The stakes for some 200,000 Iowans are significant, jeopardizing recent health-care coverage gains and putting vulnerable Iowans at risk. First, let’s make no mistake: Both the Senate and House bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) represent … Continue reading

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