Legislative Updates

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This week marked the end of the “first funnel,” which means that if a bill does not move through a subcommittee and then a full committee in at least one chamber, it is ineligible to be considered further.  This does … Continue reading

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Forums for this week

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Get Serious for DACA and TPS

President Donald Trump and politicians on Capitol Hill showed us Washington at its worst, with its inability to do the right thing on immigration. Regular working people, who are American in every way but on paper, are being terrified, arrested and … Continue reading

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4th Annual Des Moines Area Conservation Dinner

Join the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance for a delicious meal and silent and live auctions to benefit conservation efforts in your area, and you could walk away with great new outdoor gear or thousands of dollars worth of guns.

By simply attending the dinner, you and your brothers and sisters will contribute to the USA’s efforts to enhance public access to the outdoors, conserve wildlife habitats, restore our nation’s parks and pass on our incredible outdoor heritage to the next generation.

Individual seat and table sponsorship opportunities are available, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will stay right in your community to fund a Work Boots on the Ground conservation project and bring union members together in the spirit of volunteerism.

We look forward to seeing you at this great event!

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018 | Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Prairie Meadows | 1 Prairie Meadows Drive | Altoona, IA 50009

WHAT: Dinner, 1-year USA membership, commemorative gift, and a good time with your union brothers and sisters!

COST: $75 per person (or sponsor a table of 10 for $1,500 – see registration link for more info)

TO RSVP: Contact Robert Gilmore at 515-289-0482 or rgilmore81@gmail.com.

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Madagascar proverb
“Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you.”

February 17
Sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding recognition of their union, are tear-gassed and driven from two Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. plants in Chicago. Two years later the U.S. Supreme Court declared sit-down strikes illegal. The tactic had been a major industrial union organizing tool – 1937

Two locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Int’l Union (now UNITE HERE) at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., strike in sympathy with 1,300 graduate student teaching assistants who are demanding the right to negotiate with the university – 1992

February 18
One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four years earlier – 1834

Faced with 84-hour workweeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters form The Int’l Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the AFL beginning in 1903 – 1918

—Compiled and edited by David Prosten

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks Once again, Research Activities Credit biggest gainers are big companies   IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2018) — Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy cost Iowa taxpayers $66.1 million in 2017, with very … Continue reading

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Inside the Iowa House: More School Closings on the Way?

My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one.  She had been barely older than her students, was out in the country with a group of children, had no phone, no car, and limited … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Trumka tells unions it’s time to go on offense

WASHINGTON – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging organized labor to go on the offense, despite control of Washington and states by anti-union politicians.

The fed leader issued his demand at the United Auto Workers political conference in D.C., in early February. He headlined a parade of speakers, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

Trumka spoke just days before GOP President Donald Trump proposed his federal budget for fiscal 2019, which starts Oct. 1, but after the Republican-run Congress – with some Democratic help – broke months of budget deadlock and passed a 2-year budget blueprint.

The blueprint ended the threat of another government shutdown, and avoided a controversial vote on U.S. public debt. Pro-worker Democrats, in exchange for their key support, got increases in domestic spending, but not a solution – which both unions and they campaigned for – to keep the 690,000 Dreamers in the U.S. for good.

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Loving Faith & Freedom Reception

Dear Friends,
I hope you will join us at the Loving Faith & Freedom Reception on Monday, February 19, a fundraiser in support of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund. I am honored to have Senator Joe Bolkcom as our special guest and featuring the music of guitarist Rob Lumbard. It is always a fun event with lots of good friends.
If you have already made your reservation, thank you and I look forward to seeing you Monday.
If you have not, you can find more information on our website and will be able to make a reservation and your donation to the Action Fund.
I hope you will be able to join us! Let me know if you can.
Thanks much!
Connie
Connie Ryan
Executive Director
Interfaith Alliance of Iowa & Action Fund

 

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IOWANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST GRASSLEY’S RUBBER STAMPING OF TRUMP NOMINEE MICHAEL BRENNAN

DES MOINES –The leaders of the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition issued the following statements in advance of today’s vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Michael Brennan, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work!” February 16 Leonora O’Reilly was born in New York. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she began working in a factory at … Continue reading

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A Constitutional Convention could be a dangerous thing!

Welcome to this edition of Union Yes Iowa, a podcast sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

Today we are talking with Iowa State Senator, Pam Jochum about the proposed Senate resolution calling for a convention of the states under the US Constitution to proposed amendments on fiscal restraints and other limits on the federal government. If this bill were to pass, it could make Iowa the 28th of the required 34 states needed to call for a constitutional convention.

The last constitution convention held in this country was in 1787 Where the constitution was created

Here in Iowa Senate Joint Resolution 8 has passed committee and appears to be headed for the senate floor. The house passed a similar resolution last year.

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Go to a Forum/Meeting in your area!

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Honor King with Worker Freedom

The Labor Wire Feb. 14, 2018 Sanitation work remains mortally dangerous 50 years after the Memphis sanitation strike, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while campaigning to help workers gain a union for better pay and safe … Continue reading

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Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque, the lead Democrat in the Iowa Senate on tax issues, responded to Governor Kim Reynolds’s tax plan.

DES MOINES — Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque, the lead Democrat in the Iowa Senate on tax issues, responded to Governor Kim Reynolds’s tax plan. Although the news release from the Governor’s office leaves many unanswered questions, Jochum raised two … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: More details needed on Governor’s tax plan

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 13, 2017) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement from Peter Fisher, research director of the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, about Governor Kim Reynolds’ tax proposals. Governor Reynolds today reinforced her commitment to eliminate … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt
“It is essential that there should be organizations of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”

February 15
Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist, labor activist, born in Adams, Mass. “Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work!” – 1820

U.S. legislators pass the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which funneled money to states plagued by Depression-era poverty and unemployment, and oversaw the subsequent distribution and relief efforts – 1934

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) expels the Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers; the Food, Tobacco & Agricultural Workers; and the United Office & Professional Workers for “Communist tendencies.” Other unions expelled for the same reason (dates uncertain): Fur and Leather Workers, the Farm Equipment Union, the Int’l Longshoremen’s Union, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers – 1950

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Statement from House Democrats on Governor’s Tax Plan

Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, Ranking Member of the House Ways & Means Committee:

“Before session began, House Democrats outlined three criteria that should be met before any new tax cut plan is approved:

  1. Balance the state budget;
  2. Be fair and simple for all Iowans; and
  3. Provide relief for the middle class.

Iowans want to know if the Governor’s new tax plan will fix the state’s budget mess or make it worse. We already know that Governor Reynolds and Republicans have mismanaged the state budget, turned a surplus into a deficit, and put $144 million on the state’s credit card that still hasn’t been paid back.

While we are still reviewing the Governor’s plan, the devil is always in the details with new tax cuts. At first glance, her plan could cost well above $1.7 billion. We’ve seen similar tax cut plans passed in other states like Kansas with disastrous results. Iowa families have already been forced to pay higher property taxes and tuition to pay for hundreds of millions in corporate tax giveaways given out by the GOP the last few years.

Democrats will keep working to restore fiscal discipline and keep the state budget balanced. We can’t afford another tax plan that will make the state’s budget crisis even worse.”

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Message of the Day—Protect Worker Freedoms

The Labor Wire Feb. 13, 2018 Congress should protect worker freedom and uphold the sovereignty of Native American tribes, not pit the two against each other. Working people must have a legally enforceable right to form unions and negotiate together with … Continue reading

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Moral Monday February 12, 2018 Budget Issues

Moral Monday February 12, 2018 Budget Issues: Senator Joe Bolkcom and Representative Chris Hall

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