Unsafe workplaces risk workers’ lives

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Unsafe workplaces risk workers’ lives By Mark Cooper, President, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO For many American workers, wages are staying flat or falling, and making ends meet is harder than ever. Yet every day working men and women go to work and risk their lives in an unsafe work environment in pursuit of a paycheck that barely pays the bills. Millions of workers across the country regularly are exposed to hazards due to...

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We are the golden door of the world

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Immigration | 0 comments

We are the golden door of the world By Rev. Vernon H. Naffier   The words by Emma Lazarus “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free…the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door” are inscribed on our Statue of Liberty. These familiar words have become almost jaded in our memory. This year hundreds of children threatened by violence and death in Central America fled to...

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Faith is belief without the basis of facts.

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Education | 0 comments

Faith is belief without the basis of facts. That is what the Republicans have when it comes to funding our state’s education. With a mantra of “limited government” the conservatives like to boast about their crusade to defend the taxpayers and keep “big government” out of people’s lives.  All the while, they seem to have Faith that our students will still receive the quality education they deserve, but as faith works, this belief has no factual...

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Transformation of state Medicaid to private Managed Care

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Health Care | 0 comments

Transformation of state Medicaid to private Managed Care   In February, 2015, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Governor Branstad’s Medicaid Modernization.    This is another way of saying Medicaid is going to be Managed Care  services, which came about without any input from legislators nor the public or knowledge of this, only in rumors, a true Branstad manner.    The conversion by...

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Flip-Flopper Republican Cruz to sign up for Obamacare

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Health Care | 0 comments

Flip-Flopper Republican Cruz to sign up for Obamacare We need to make Ted Cruz feel the political heat on his complete flip flop on Obamacare. So much for his standing on principle. He acknowledged that since his wife is resigning her position and losing his healthcare coverage under her policy he will be joining the Obamacare exchange.  Cruz who shut the government down protesting Obamacare finds it’s convenient to sign up now that he needs...

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