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ACA repeal plans jeopardize health care gains in Iowa

As Senate builds legislation in secret, House approach hits Iowa hard   IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 22, 2017) — Proposed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) jeopardizes Iowa’s recent health coverage gains and puts the state’s most vulnerable residents … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: writer Karin Lowachee “Society has made it so I have to get paid in order to do basic things like eat and be indoors and not be naked. Once that’s happened, morality’s bound to get slippery.” June 23 … Continue reading

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Legislators to host discussion about “Medicaid for All” proposal for Iowa health insurance mess Wednesday at 6 PM

(Des Moines)  State Senator  Matt McCoy and State Representative John Forbes invite the public to a public discussion of their “Medicaid for All” solution to Iowa’s health insurance mess.  The goal is to ensure that every Iowan has access to … Continue reading

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IOWA SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS JOIN WITH IOWANS TO TELL SENATORS GRASSLEY AND ERNST: DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR HEALTH CARE

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  The Main Street Alliance of Iowa will host a press conference to talk about how small business, farmers, the self-employed – virtually all Iowans – will be hurt by health care repeal.  They will be joined by retirees, health … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Evelyn Dubrow, the lobbyist for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, who died on this date in 2006. Evy Dubrow, who said: “Lobbyists tend to work for, or even become, fat cats. Well, I’m not. And I don’t. … Continue reading

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Tomorrow: Iowans To Call on Sen. Grassley To Stop ‘Blue Slip Blues’

Iowans To Sing ‘Blue Slip Blues’ Outside Grassley’s Des Moines Office To Encourage Judiciary Chair To Confirm Support Of Senate Tradition He Has Supported In The Past DES MOINES — Iowans will call on Senator Grassley to uphold the ‘blue slip’ process … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Iowa jobs rebound in May

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Jobless rate stable at 3.1 percent; state drops bogus job tally IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 16, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs rose in May as the unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent. The Iowa Policy Project released the following statement … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: 1937 Women’s Day Massacre (see Labor History, below) “When I got there I thought the Great War had started over again,” ​one union organizer later recalled. “Gas was flying all over the place and shots flying and flares … Continue reading

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Dubuque-Area Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Keep Their Union

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 Dubuque, IA – Nurses at Finley Hospital in Dubuque voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to keep their union so they could continue to have a voice on the job, beating back management’s aggressive union-busting campaign. “We came together to stand up for … Continue reading

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Labor History

The legendary Mets pitcher, who said during the 1981 strike that “The owners are taking a very destructive position; it’s very disturbing. If they are trying to alienate the players, they are doing a good job.” June 16 Eight local unions … Continue reading

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

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The Asian & Latino Coalition is sponsoring a Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the UAW Local 450, located at 4589 NW 6th Dr., Des Moines. A candidate reception will … Continue reading

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DACA Empowers Thousands of Hardworking Aspiring Citizens

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order’s fifth anniversary: Five years ago, the Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, offering a measure of increased security and stability to hundreds … Continue reading

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Merkley, Buttigieg To Speak At Progress Iowa Corn Feed

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Oregon Senator and South Bend Mayor to join Congressman Dave Loebsack, leaders from across Iowa at 3rd annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sept. 10 Des Moines, Iowa – Progress Iowa announced today that Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Mayor Pete … Continue reading

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AARP Expands Age Tax Ads Targeting 11 Senators

AARP Expands Age Tax Ads Targeting 11 Senators in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia Steps Up Opposition to Harmful Health Bill with Visits to Capitol Hill, Phone Calls, Social Media Washington, DC — AARP today announced … Continue reading

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Michael P. Libbie Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications at the Working Families Summit

So Much To Do! Yesterday I spend several hours at the Iowa Working Families Summit which was held in Ames. The number of people, surprisingly, was down. I write “surprisingly” without the knowledge that there were no fewer than two … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Tom Seaver The legendary Mets pitcher, who said during the 1981 strike that “The owners are taking a very destructive position; it’s very disturbing. If they are trying to alienate the players, they are doing a good job.” June … Continue reading

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SATURDAY: Iowans to Gather for Working Families Summit

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Larry Cohen of Our Revolution to keynote second Iowa Working Families Summit  AMES, IOWA — Larry Cohen, former President of the Communication Workers of America and Labor Chair of Our Revolution will keynote the second Iowa Working Families Summit this … Continue reading

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IOWA LGBTQ MEDIA GUIDE RELEASED IN RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH

IOWA LGBTQ MEDIA GUIDE RELEASED IN RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH  DES MOINES — Local and national organizations released the Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide today, to provide accurate information and encourage appropriate representation of the LGBTQ community in the media. One … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 09 Helen Marot is born in Philadelphia to a wealthy family.  She went on to organize the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in New York, and to organize and lead the city’s 1909-1910 Shirtwaist Strike.  In 1912, she was … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit – Iowa

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is a production of our advertising agency, Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications and is the only daily, hour-long business broadcast in the region. The News Hour is made possible through the sponsorship of: The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Shaul & Desmond … Continue reading

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