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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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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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Senate tax plan: More debt, more inequity, more pain

Like House bill, Senate plan stacks the deck against services and opportunity IOWA CITY, Iowa (Nov. 14, 2017) — Senate Republicans’ new tax proposal in Washington carries many of the same problems of equity and fiscal irresponsibility of the House … Continue reading

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25 Ways Iowa Republicans Voted Against Veterans

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2017 legislative session included votes cast against veterans’ rights as workers, access to quality health care, and more Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa today released a new research report, 25 Ways Iowa Republicans voted against veterans. The report examines votes … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Bob Wages “Karen Silkwood risked her life because she cared about her fellow workers. Because of what she did the companies were forced to make many changes that protect workers’ lives and health to this day.” … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt “How are we constructing the edifice of recovery? — the temple which, when completed, will no longer be a temple of money changers or of beggars, but rather a temple dedicated to and … Continue reading

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Unions overcome unbalanced bargaining law

ALEC-friendly lawmakers, eager to crush public-sector unions, may have instead given them new organizational life. If Iowa lawmakers thought that their Draconian revisions to Chapter 20 could break the back of public-sector unionism, the last two months have proven them … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: William Hutcheson “While we have every desire to assist the government in the crisis we are now passing through, we have no intention of waiving our rights to maintain for ourselves the conditions we have established.” … Continue reading

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How the House Tax Proposal Would Affect Iowa Residents’ Federal Taxes

How the House Tax Proposal Would Affect Iowa Residents’ Federal Taxes – ITEP The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was introduced on November 2 in the House of Representatives, includes some provisions that raise taxes and some that cut … Continue reading

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Iowa’s health coverage plans shift cost to state workers | The Gazette

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New law bans most public employees from negotiating over health costs DES MOINES — Thousands of state employees, many who no longer are allowed to bargain collectively for benefits, could face significantly higher health care costs starting Jan. 1 under … Continue reading

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Vote November 7

Here is a list of Union Endorsed candidates. Please go vote for these candidates! Click here to find where you need to go to vote. Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor   Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large   Boone Elijah Stines                                      … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Emily Blunt “Unions are a major inconvenience to those who wish to exploit and steal from the working class.” – Blunt is a British film and stage actress November 06 French transport worker and socialist Eugene … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS’ BUDGET CRISIS PUTTING IOWA PENITENTIARY STAFF AT RISK

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Escalating violence at the Iowa Department of Corrections’ (DOC) facilities are endangering both correctional officers as well as offenders. Reynolds’ budget crisis is driving Iowa correctional facilities to pack offenders together, stretching prisons beyond maximum capacity by nearly 14%. The … Continue reading

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Vote on Tuesday for these Union Endorsed Candidates

  Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor   Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large   Boone Elijah Stines                                      City Council Ward 3 Cedar Falls Erin Cornelius                                   City Council At-Large   Cedar Rapids Dale Todd                                         City Council Dist. 3 Justin Shields                                    City Council … Continue reading

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Another reason to support IPERS

How bad might this identity theft case have been for retirees with their IPERS benefits in one of any number of privately managed accounts? An estimated 103 beneficiaries of the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) were recent victims of … Continue reading

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VA launches program aimed at providing Veterans more options in claims disagreements

VA announced that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” with the goal of providing Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their benefit claims. RAMP will provide expanded opportunities for … Continue reading

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House Tax Bill is a Sleight of Hand on Small Business

Des Moines, IA – Small business owners in Iowa are gravely concerned by the tax bill introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though the White House and Congressional leadership have touted their tax plan as being beneficial to small business … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs “Privately owned industry and production for individual profit are no longer compatible with social progress and have ceased to work out to humane and civilized ends.” November 04 Populist humorist Will Rogers was … Continue reading

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Trumka Praises “Better Deal” for Working People

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following remarks at a press conference unveiling the labor proposals in Congressional Democrats’ “Better Deal” platform. Last week, the AFL-CIO held our convention in St. Louis. We listened to working people and came together … Continue reading

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REPORT: Iowa’s Student Loan Debt Reaches More Than $13 Billion

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s total student loan debt balance was $13.08 billion as of 2016, according to recently released figures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), while Iowa ranks 15th worst in the nation for student debt with … Continue reading

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