Veterans Career Fair

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Director, Colonel Robert King (Ret), encourages Veterans to attend the upcoming Veterans Career Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Freedom Center – Building S-70, Camp Dodge: 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa. A government-issue ID is required for entry onto Camp Dodge.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Home Base Iowa are partnering with the Iowa Business Council and the Central Iowa Building Trades to create career opportunities for unemployed and underemployed veterans. All active military servicemen and women, members of the National Guard and Reserves, their spouses, as well as veterans of all ranks and levels of experience are welcome to attend the Veterans Career Fair. Most of the participating Veterans Career Fair employers and organizations have current openings for immediate hiring.

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Lee County CLC Blood Drive Does Great!

24 units of blood were donated Tuesday April 8th at the Keokuk Labor Temple during the RedCross/Lee County Labor CouncilAFL/CIO/Keokuk Fraternal Council Blood Drive. “Thanks to all who gave. That’s the most we have collected. Let’s don’t stop there. The next drive will be Thursday June 26th Same time. Same place”. Said Lee County CLC President Buddy Howard.

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Muscatine WIN Meeting

I just wanted to update everyone that we will be meeting with two candidates at tonight’s Muscatine WIN Meeting at the Musser Library in Muscatine:
6:30: Nancy Long for Recorder

7:00: Rob Krysh for Supervisor District 2
It’s very important that you make it if you can. We can forward our recommendations to the QCFL which meets next Monday, April 21st to make endorsements.
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While Iowa Was Hellbent On Finding Voter Fraud, It Disenfranchised At Least 12 Legitimate Voters

  By Nicole Flatow on April 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm   Share this: Share on email   Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz defending two emergency rules he passed at the Statehouse in 2012. CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall   … Continue reading

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Iowa CEOs are Paid 30 Times More Than Average Worker, and over 70 Times More than a Minimum Wage Worker

For Immediate Release:                                                  Contact: Lance Coles, 515-669-8046                                                                                                   lance@iowaaflcio.org       2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy       www.PayWatch.org       (Iowa, April 15 2014) – According to … Continue reading

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Political Fallout

http://whotv.com/2014/04/08/political-fallout-governors-reputation-at-stake/

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AFL-CIO Joins Coalition of Leading Businesses to Headline Infrastructure Week 2014

  Washington, D.C.—The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions representing 12.5 million Americans today joined the Infrastructure Week 2014 Steering Committee. This important committee of leading business groups is leading the charge to build awareness and educate the public … Continue reading

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Cost of Living in Iowa

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FRIENDS:

Today we put out the second installment of our Cost of Living in Iowa report, which found 1 in 6 Iowa households do not make what is needed for a basic-needs household budget (3 out of 5 single-parent households).

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As co-author Peter Fisher noted in our news release:

“No one discussing issues such as the minimum wage, and eligibility for child-care assistance, can reasonably ignore the economic realities facing these families.”
Kind regards,
The IPP Staff

Mike Owen
Executive Director


20 E. Market St. • Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 338-0773(319) 331-1287 cell
iowapolicy@gmail.com
www.iowapolicyproject.org


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Something Everyone Should Know on Tax Day

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Polk County Dems Honor Kerry Bowen

2013 Volunteer of the Year Award – I am very pleased and excited to announce the recipient of the award this year will be Kerry Bowen. Thank you to everyone who participated in choosing Kerry by sending in so many wonderful nominations. Join us on May 13th to honor her and Congressman Leonard Boswell!kerry

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CEOs Paid 331 Times Average Worker, 774 Times Minimum Wage Worker

  2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy       www.PayWatch.org       (Washington, April 15, 2014) – While Congress has left for recess failing to fully address economic issues from the minimum … Continue reading

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Tax Day Protests in Iowa Over Government Spending

Public News Service – IA | April 2014 | Download audio ·  Budget Policy & Priorities ·  Civic Engagement ·  Hunger/Food/Nutrition ·  Peace   PHOTO: As residents across Iowa race to beat the midnight tax deadline, protesters are hitting the … Continue reading

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Iowa City Fed Meeting

  Dear Brother or Sister, Please make every effort to join us at the monthly meeting of the Iowa City Federation of Labor.  It is important that you are there.  Help us shape the future and… Join Us For Our … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 16

Employers lock out 25,000 New York City garment workers in a dispute over hiring practices. The Int’l Ladies’ Garment Workers Union calls a general strike; after 14 weeks, 60,000 strikers win union recognition and the contractual right to strike – 1916

2014.04.14history-prepared-bookcoverFive hundred workers in Texas City, Texas die in a series of huge oil refinery and chemical plant explosions and fires – 1947
(Are You Prepared? A Guide to Emergency Planning in the Workplace: Today’s headlines are filled with disaster, from the natural—fire, flood, hurricane, tornado and the like—to the man-made, such as workplace shootings, explosions, accidental releases of toxic chemicals or radiation, even nightmares such as bombings. Are you and your co-workers prepared to respond quickly and safely if disaster strikes? Steps you take today can save lives tomorrow, from having escape plans to knowing how to quickly turn off power and fuel supplies.)

An estimated 20,000 global justice activists blockade Washington, D.C., meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – 2000

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Q-C debates minimum wage increase

April 13, 2014 6:15 am  • 

There’s little about the minimum wage debate that’s simple in a diverse economy.

Consider The Arc of the Quad-Cities Area, a Rock Island-based nonprofit that provides services to people with disabilities.

The entry wage there is $9.25 an hour.

That’s $2 more than the federal minimum wage, and $1 higher than the rate in Illinois.

But it’s still less than the $10.10 per hour that advocates of raising the minimum wage are pushing.

Kyle Rick, The Arc’s executive director, would love to see employees get a raise. She’s supporting an effort to lift the pay — as well as the state reimbursements that provide the bulk of the agency’s personnel funding — to $13 by 2016.

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“Selling Snake Oil to the States”

  Media Reminder: ALEC’s “Rich States, Poor States” Last Methodology Stands Debunked     Washington, DC—As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) prepares to release its 2014 version of Rich States, Poor States, Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy … Continue reading

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Broad Coalition to Rally for Tax Fairness on Tax Day

Community, Faith & Labor groups call out question of “Who Pays vs. Who Doesn’t Pay?” and “How have big corporations and the 1% rigged the tax code to escape paying taxes?”   Des Moines, Iowa –   A broad coalition … Continue reading

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This is the moment we’ve been working so hard to get to and now, we need you!

 

Tuesday April 15th

Rock Island County Board Meeting

Rally to Support Passage of Hope Creek Care Center Referendum Resolution!

Gather at the County Building at 5:15pm

1504 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Click here for the Facebook page!


Click here to contact your County Board Member and ask that they Vote Yes for the Referendum Resolution!

A Better Illinois will be hosting a public action event on Tax Day (4/15) at the Rock Island Post Office (2633 11th St) from 11:30am-12:30pm to promote a fair tax for Illinois’ workers. Contact Leslie Moore at 309-297-9100 to volunteer.

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State workers can wear anti-governor pins, judge says

DES MOINES, Iowa — State workers can wear pins that reflect unfavorably on Iowa’s governor, an administrative law judge has ruled.

The pins, distributed by a union that says it represents 40,000 public employees in Iowa, shows an unflattering black and white photograph of Gov. Terry Branstad’s face bisected by a red diagonal slash with the words, “NOTHING HAS CHANGED.”

The Branstad administration tried to ban the pins after employees at the state Department of Corrections’ Medical and Classification Center in Coralville, Iowa, wore them on the job.

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CEOs Paid 331 Times Average Worker, 774 Times Minimum Wage Worker

  2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy   www.PayWatch.org   (Washington, April 15, 2014) – While Congress has left for recess failing to fully address economic issues from the minimum wage to unemployment insurance … Continue reading

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