Labor Union Endorsed Candidates for November 7 Election

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Early Voting is going on for these races. Please support and vote for these Labor Union Endorsed Cadidates. Election Day is November 7.  Ames Victoria Szopinski                            Mayor  Bondurant Robert Peffer                                   City Council At-Large Boone Elijah Stines                                      City Council Ward 3 … Continue reading

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Iowa’s Sexual Harassment Problem Starts At The Top, Too – Iowa Starting Line

Iowa Senate Republicans’ disgusting sexual harassment behavior cost you as an Iowa taxpayer $1.75 million. That was the settlement reached to end a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Kirsten Anderson, the former Communication Director for the Iowa Senate Republicans. That payment ended the lawsuit but it shouldn’t end the investigation of Senator Bill Dix. Dix is the Senate Republican Majority Leader responsible for providing a safe and harassment-free work environment in the Senate offices. Anderson sued claiming she was fired because she complained about continuing sexual harassment and the toxic work environment in the Republican senate offices.

Dix has never explained how and why this toxic sexual behavior was allowed to continue after it was brought to his attention. Anderson worked in that office for five years before she was fired in May of 2013.

Senator Dix fought this lawsuit, claiming Anderson was fired based on poor work performance. Seven hours before her firing, she presented a list of harassment complaints to her supervisor. It’s obvious following the trial her claims were valid.

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Statement by ISEA President Tammy Wawro on Summary Judgement

 

DES MOINES, IA (10/19/2017) (readMedia)– The ISEA received notice today that the initial step in our lawsuit filed against the state of Iowa over the new collective bargaining bill was denied. Judge Huppert, of the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa, denied the ISEA’s request for Summary Judgement challenging many components of the new law.

“I am very disappointed in this ruling. We believe many aspects of this new law are blatantly unfair, treating some public employees in a manner different from others and putting obstacles in place for unions in terms of dues collection and recertification. This litigation is one component of our fight to win back the rights taken from our members in the last legislative session.

We will continue moving forward with next steps, fighting hard for our members to ensure that they receive the same rights and privileges enjoyed by other employees. We are exploring all of our options, including an appeal.” said Tammy Wawro, ISEA President.

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs
“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.

October 21
Wisconsin dairy farmers begin their third strike of the year in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to producers during the Great Depression.  Several creameries were bombed before the strike ended a month later. The economy eventually improved, allowing the farmers to make more money – 1933

October 22
Bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a “Sagebrush Robin Hood,” stealing from banks and sharing some of the proceeds with the poor – 1934

—Compiled and edited by David Prosten

Union Communication Services

 

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Iowa Educators Reject Attacks on Their Unions

With the fate of Iowa’s public-sector unions on the line in hundreds of recertification votes in school districts and campuses across the state, Iowa educators are making it clear: their vote is a resounding UNION YES!

A new state law, passed by a union-busting Republican legislature earlier this year, requires every public-sector union in the state to vote on whether to continue or dissolve their unions. The aim likely was to diminish the power of unions. But, by voting yes to recertification, Iowa educators are confirming that they want their Iowa State Education Association (ISEA)-affiliated unions to remain their voice at the bargaining table, as their official “bargaining agent.”

“Maybe the people who wrote this law thought our unions were just a few leaders, or that we were forcing people to be part of the union, but [the vote] sends a clear message,” said Shane Peterson, president of the West Lyon Education Association. “This is everybody in the union saying yes.”

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How Many Iowans Must Die Before Reynolds Reverses Medicaid Privatization? – Iowa Starting Line

This week the Des Moines Register reported another Iowan on Medicaid died following refusal of Medicaid providers to pay for adequate care. Her nursing home’s decision to refuse accepting Medicaid patients on ventilators would require her to move 90 miles from Des Moines.

The Register reported, “the Fleur Heights nursing home blames insufficient and untimely payments from Iowa’s Medicaid program” for their inability to afford to take patients on ventilators in the future. There are only six of Iowa’s 417 nursing homes remaining that will accept ventilator patients.

The family had moved their loved one into a temporary facility at Des Moines’ Mercy Medical Center following the nursing home’s decision. Her husband said, “he would have to choose between quitting his truck-driving job in Des Moines and moving or keeping his job but being able to visit her only one or two days a week instead of every day.” Tragically, his wife died last week after she was moved to the Mercy facility. Her Husband said, “she was just so tired, and she was at peace with going home. We just decided to let her body do what it was going to do.”

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Iowa small businesses will be harmed by Senate Budget Resolution this week

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Healthcare for 636,800 Iowa Medicaid enrollees and 598,100 Medicare recipients is jeopardized so that the top 1% can get a $50,050 tax cut See this new fact sheet for the effects on Iowa small business owners and their communities.   DES MOINES, … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Frederick Douglass “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” October 20 Eugene V. Debs, U.S. labor leader and socialist, dies in Elmhurst, Ill. Among his radical ideas: an 8-hour … Continue reading

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICER STABBED FIVE TIMES BY WHITE SUPREMACIST AT IOWA STATE PENITENTIARY

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the stabbing of a Correctional Officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison: “This morning, a Correctional Officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary was stabbed … Continue reading

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Opioid Abuse in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa _ A legislative committee met twice, recently, to take another look at the state’s response to the epidemic of opioid abuse, an issue that lawmakers have been unable to address in the past. Rep. Chuck Isenhart, D-Dubuque, … Continue reading

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The ‘Fake’ Grassley: Senator Held Just 15 Public Meetings in 2017, Continues To Avoid Iowa’s Largest Counties For Public Meetings

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Progress Iowa Publishes Updated Research, Again Debunking The Myth of the Senator’s Annual ‘Full Grassley’ 99 County Tour Extensive Research of Grassley’s Meetings Show He Consistently Avoids Iowa’s Largest Counties When Holding Public Meetings DES MOINES – Progress Iowa today released updated, … Continue reading

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#StandingtogetherFightingback: The Listening Tour | Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

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#StandingtogetherFightingback: The Listening Tour | Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Are you concerned about the hatred, bigotry, and violence we are seeing in our country? Do you believe all people should be treated equally and with respect in our communities and … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Saul Alinsky
“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.”
photo: Saul Alinsky

October 19
The National Association of Letter Carriers achieves equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked – 1949

The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states – 1980

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Policy Project Events

Talk with us Oct. 19 in Indianola
IPP has been invited to make a presentation on several issues Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m. at the Warren County Historical Museum in Indianola. Organized by Indivisible Warren County and other sponsors, this 90-minute event will feature discussion on several issues expected to be big in the 2018 legislative session — tax fairness, tax credits, education funding, clean water policy and electric rates, among others. Let’s talk about responsible solutions!Presenters will include Peter Fisher and Mike Owen of IPP, and Lana Shope of the Iowa Community Action Association. See the event summary on Facebook.

Talk with us Oct. 23 in Cedar Falls
IPP will follow up on Monday, October 23, 7 p.m. with a public town-hall-style event at theCenter for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Again, we’ll look at several issues facing Iowa with concise presentations and question-and-answer time. RSVP today tomikeowen@iowapolicyproject.orgThe event is free but donations will be accepted.SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE — $50 for individuals or $250 for organizations.
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Labor History

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Labor Quote of the Day: William “Big Bill” Haywood “If the workers are organized, all they have to do is to put their hands in their pockets and they have got the capitalist class whipped.” October 16 Queen Marie Antoinette, wife … Continue reading

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ILLEGAL REPOS CAUSE VETERAN PUSHBACK ON FORCED ARBITRATION

The Union Veterans Council supported the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ban of forced arbitration clauses in a letter to congress this week, claiming that the “rigged, secretive” practice kept the problem of illegal servicemember vehicle repossessions in the dark. Specifically, the group cites how veterans were denied their day in court prior to the revelation that Santander Consumer USA and Wells Fargo Dealer Services had both illegally repossessed active-duty servicemembers’ vehicles. Santander and Wells Fargo both faced fines for the practice to the tune of $9.35 million in 2015 and $24 million last year, respectively. “To pull back these rights for consumers, it’s un-American,” Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attigtold AFN. “The idea of not having your day in court because a line was buried deep inside a contract … goes against what a lot of servicemen and women go overseas to fight for.” Although the CFPB’s ban on forced arbitration went into effect on Sept. 18, the industry is working hard to delay or overturn the rule through a lawsuit as well as through the Republican-led Congress, which currently doesn’t have the votes. Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Tim Sloan during a Congressional hearing this week defended his company’s improvements on SCRA compliance since the issue, but stuck by the company’s use of forced arbitration.

William (Will) Attig  Executive Director Union Veterans council AFL-CIO

Wattig@unionveterans.org Office 202-637-5233 Cell 618-521-2326

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.“ October 07 Joe Hill, labor leader and songwriter, born in … Continue reading

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U.S. House Votes to Slash $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. House Votes to Slash $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid Medicare Eligibility Age Would Rise from 65 to 67 The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding today’s vote on … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Lech Walesa
“We desire peace – and that is why we have never resorted to physical force. We crave for justice – and that is why we are so persistent in the struggle for our rights, We seek freedom of convictions – and that is why we have never attempted to enslave man’s conscience nor shall we ever attempt to do so.”

October 06
First National Conference of Trade Union Women – 1918

The first “talkie” movie, The Jazz Singer, premiers in New York City.  Within three years, according to the American Federation of Musicians, theater jobs for some 22,000 musicians who accompanied silent movies were lost, while only a few hundred jobs for musicians performing on soundtracks were created by the new technology – 1927

Some 1,700 female flight attendants win 18-year, $37 million suit against United Airlines. They had been fired for getting married – 1986

Thirty-two thousand machinists begin what is to be a successful 69-day strike against the Boeing Co. The eventual settlement brought improvements that averaged an estimated $19,200 in wages and benefits over four years and safeguards against job cutbacks – 1995

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