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Iowa Federation of Labor statement on election results

Ken Sagar at Labor Temple in Mason City

Statement from Iowa Federation of Labor President, Ken Sagar, in regard to the election results:

The American public have spoken and made it clear that this election could not be bought.

We are pleased with the election of President of Obama, but we are disappointed that Congressman Boswell was not re-elected and that Christie Vilsack will not be our first woman congressperson.

Hopefully the status quo make-up of the national congress will not mean that they will continue to be the most “do nothing” congress in history.

There is still a lot to do, and we hope that these elected officials are productive during the lame duck session, and will protect programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The elections here with the Iowa Legislature was promising, with labor endorsed candidates winning seats in the House, and a pro-worker majority in the Senate.

The over-whelming votes for Judge Wiggins sends a message that Iowans do not want their judges to be political pawns.

We need to remember that we are the United States of America. We need to get over the divisiveness this election brought to our door steps, and move forward getting people back to work,a fair tax code, and to unite around public policy for the good of all citizens of this great nation.

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