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Today’s Labor Quote: Eugene V. Debs “The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough.” May 22 Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., … Continue reading

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Midwest School for Women Workers

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Conference Speaker Highlight:  Carmen Perez Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: “Big Bill” Haywood “Every dollar that the boss did not work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.” William Dudley “Big Bill” Haywood, who also said “I haven’t read Marx’s Capital but I’ve … Continue reading

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House bill jeopardizes health for women and rural Iowans National reports pinpoint issues with loss of the Medicaid expansion

   IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 16, 2017) — The House plan to cap and cut Medicaid — and effectively end the Medicaid expansion — will have a disproportionate impact on women and hinder coverage as well in rural communities. Two … Continue reading

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Report: Rural States Stand to Lose Under GOP Health-Care Bill

Report: Rural States Stand to Lose Under GOP Health-Care Bill May 17, 2017 – Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (IA) Play Audio in Browser Window A CBPP report says rural Iowans could lose access to coverage under the House-passed health-care … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: the Industrial Workers of the World “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and … Continue reading

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May is Labor History Month!

May is Labor History Month! As the saying goes, we all stand on the shoulders of those who struggled before us. In recognition of Labor History Month, take some time to learn about those who truly made America great: not … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Joe Kenehan, the organizer in the film “Matewan” (played by Chris Cooper, below right) “They got you fightin’ white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain’t but two sides in this world … Continue reading

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“you have to see it to believe it”

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This is one of those “you have to see it to believe it” videos: Just two minutes after sitting down with local reporter Josh Scheinblum of KCRG-TV, Republican Rep. Rod Blum, who represents Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, went completely batshit in response … Continue reading

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CEO Pay Increases to 347 Times Average Workers

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2017 Executive PayWatch features Mondelēz International’s Pay Inequality www.PayWatch.org  (Washington, DC, May 9, 2016) – CEO pay for major U.S. companies has risen nearly 6 percent, as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the … Continue reading

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RunAwayRod.com Launched to Hold Blum Accountable

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#RunAwayRod has shut out Iowans from town hall meetings, and stormed out of an interview when questioned about it DES MOINES — Progress Iowa today launched RunAwayRod.com, to hold Congressman #RunAwayRod Blum accountable for dodging questions from Iowans and fleeing a … Continue reading

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Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive!

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Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs): When do I put out the food? On the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Jerry Wurf “Government workers have proved that when they are not dealt with justly, they will defy the law. And they have proved that, in such situations, government is powerless.” May 08 The constitution of the Brotherhood … Continue reading

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Forums for this weekend

ALTOONA Saturday May 6 – 10 AM HyVee Upper Level Meeting Room,  108 8th st. BURLINGTON Saturday May 20, 9:15 AM Partnership Office, 610 North 4th, suite 200 CEDAR FALLS Wednesday May 10 – 7 PM  Congressman Blum Cedar Falls … Continue reading

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Trumpcare Bill Strips Health Care from Millions to Finance $600 Billion Tax Giveaway to Corporations, Wealthiest

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Small business owners say this bill is not only immoral, but also hurts their business Today’s House vote to pass the American Health Care Act is a shameful display of partisan politics at its worst. Despite unprecedented outrage from constituents, … Continue reading

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Voting For Health Care ‘Scam’ Defining Moment For David Young

Young’s vote for President Trump’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act threatens 1.2 million Iowans and 343,000 of his constituents with pre-existing conditions DES MOINES — Congressman David Young today voted for President Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), and … Continue reading

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Labor History

  Today’s Labor Quote: William J. Adelman “No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but … Continue reading

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Update: House GOP and White House Continue to Strive Toward Vote this Week on AHCA

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Important to maintain a high level of effort to oppose ACA repeal + replace. GOP working toward a vote tomorrow, and leadership is offering holdouts the possibility of an amendment (which we may see as early as today) to boost … Continue reading

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Inside the Iowa House: 2017 Session Ends

Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again. But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Names Paul Lemmon Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President

(Washington, DC, Friday, April 28, 2017) –AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka has named Paul Lemmon as his chief of staff and executive assistant. Paul is a third-generation coal miner from western Pennsylvania, who has an established record as an organizer, … Continue reading

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