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The GM Strike: A Century of Context

Wars end with treaties. In the middle of the 20th century, the “class war” that finished off America’s original plutocracy ended with the “Treaty of Detroit.” Fortune, the business magazine, came up with that catchy turn of phrase back in 1950 to describe the landmark collective bargaining agreement that the United Auto Workers union had just reached with General Motors. What made the pact so historic? America’s most powerful corporation was essentially agreeing to “share the wealth.” Now UAW workers are once again making headlines, demanding just as they did decades ago that General Motors share the wealth with the workers who toil to create it. But GM workers today find themselves struggling in a far different — and more difficult — political and economic environment.

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MORNING MESSAGE Ai-jen Poo Ask 2020 Candidates To Support Universal Family Care This Saturday at the People’s Presidential Forum, hosted by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund and People's Action, I’ll be joining Lou Ann Burkle — a Des Moines wife who...

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MORNING MESSAGE Linda Armitage What A Homes Guarantee Means To Me I lost everything during the financial crisis. The government decided that the perpetrators of the crisis were “too big to fail” and bailed them out with our money. I was not bailed out. Today, a decade...

What A Homes Guarantee Means To Me

What A Homes Guarantee Means To Me

Photo credit: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc I lost everything during the financial crisis. The government decided that the perpetrators of the crisis were “too big to fail” and bailed them out with our money. I was not bailed out. Today, a decade after the crisis, I’m...

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MORNING MESSAGE Barb Kalbach Medicare For All Is A Matter Of Life Or Death For Rural America Rural hospitals are often the economic heart of a community. Worse, when minutes mean the difference between life and death, every hospital that closes leaves patients in...

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MORNING MESSAGE The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum Will Be A No-Stump Zone It’s time. After months of preparation, the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum will be this Saturday, September, 21, at noon in Des Moines. At Iowa CCI Action, we’re ready – buses from all...

The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum Will Be A No-Stump Zone

The Iowa People’s Presidential Forum Will Be A No-Stump Zone

It’s time. After months of preparation, the Iowa People’s Presidential Forum will be this Saturday, September, 21, at noon in Des Moines. At Iowa CCI Action, we’re ready - our buses from all across the state are booked, and our questions are prepped. Bernie Sanders,...

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MORNING MESSAGE Sam Pizzigati Wealth That Concentrates Kills The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America’s economic order isn’t just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American...

Wealth That Concentrates Kills

Wealth That Concentrates Kills

The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America’s economic order isn’t just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American lives. The latest evidence for that squeeze on American wallets comes from the Census Bureau. And increasing inequality, a just-released Government Accountability Office study makes clear, is killing many of us off before our time.

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MORNING MESSAGE Miles Mogulescu Can Debate Moderators Stop Parroting GOP Talking Points? At the first two Democratic debates, the moderators from NBC/MSNBC and CNN based their questions about health care on Republican and corporate talking points. They acted as if the...

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