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Wife of Officer Killed in the Line of Duty: 'Iowa Deserves Better'

Iowa Republicans passed a bill last week that, in the words of Democratic House Leader Mark Smith, "unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law." The law, which favors special interests (mostly out-of-state special interests) over working people, has stirred up strong opposition, including this message from Shannon Miller that was shared by the Iowa Federation of Labor.

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In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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What the Kentucky GOP Never Learned in School

A trip to the Price is Right, an item on mom’s bucket list

The GOP in Kentucky has been chomping at the bit to destroy the basic protections that’ve held working families together across our state for decades. These newly emboldened GOP leaders need to answer to the people they are hurting with their greed. Kentucky has always run on the love we have for our families and that sense of community has been the bedrock of our labor unions. This is something I learned firsthand from my mom.

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Day 1 in the Newly Seated Kentucky Legislature Is About Attacking Working People

Day 1 in the Newly Seated Kentucky Legislature Is About Attacking Working People

Eds. note: "Right to work" legislation passes 58–39 in the Kentucky House.

      

Kentucky Republican leaders, led by Gov. Matt Bevin, gained control of the state House, giving them control of the executive and legislative branches. Their first order of business? Go after working families. Bevin and the Republicans are pushing forward with several anti-worker resolutions. In the process, they have given more say in the state's future to outsider billionaires and CEOs than the people of the state.

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D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

The Council of the District of Columbia not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of family and medical leave benefits.

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