1 Percenters Biggest Gainers in Iowa

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In 39 states, majority of income growth went to the top from 2009-12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015 See this release or an Iowa fact sheet IOWA CITY, Iowa — The top 1 percent of earners captured almost … Continue reading

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100 Years Old Today: The Story Behind ‘Solidarity Forever’

solidarity foreverOn a windblown, gray Chicago day exactly 100 years ago today, Ralph Chaplin left his home on the city’s South Side for a raucous poor people’s rally at Hull House, the famed settlement house co-founded by Jane Addams. He asked a visiting friend he’d met organizing coal miners with Mother Jones to listen to the lyrics of a new tune he had been working on:

“Solidarity Forever,

Solidarity Forever,

Solidarity Forever,

For the union makes us strong!”

The self-described Chicago “stiff” and “rebel editor” merely wanted to write a song that could be for workers what “John Brown’s Body” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” were for abolitionists. In fact, he borrowed the very melody.

One hundred years later, despite the rise and precipitous fall of workers’ movements in the U.S., Chaplin’s song is a classic still widely sung with fists raised and demands for justice submitted. It’s an international and national anthem, regularly belted out by “Occupy” and sung every weekday by crowds from 20 to 100 protesters at the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda.

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

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On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on … Continue reading

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2015 AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Legislative Conference

Join us in discussing our legislative priorities, as well as, speak with legislators about the importance of public employees in our State.
Legislative Conference Reception
Tuesday, March 10th 5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Prairie Meadows, Bishop A & B
Legislative Conference Day on the Hill
Wednesday, March 11th
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Legislative Conference
Prairie Meadows, Bishop A & B
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Legislative Conference-Afternoon on the Hill
Iowa State Capitol
Hotel Accommodations under AFSCME:
Prairie Meadows Hotel
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 957-3000
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Public Hearing on Education Appropriations – Tonight

The Iowa House introduced an education appropriation bill that mirrors the governor’s anemic 0.8 percent proposal. They’re hosting a public hearing on this legislation at 7 p.m., Monday, January 26, at the Iowa Capitol. We encourage ISEA members to attend. … Continue reading

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Governor, you are right: State support for Iowa’s students needs to catch up to our competitors

Open Letter to Governor Branstad from Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee Dear Governor Branstad, Last Thursday, you told the Iowa State Board of Education, “We were complacent for too long, and others passed us by.  Now … Continue reading

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Quad-City forum offers insight on voters’ issues

The Iowa Quad-City state legislative delegation got a glimpse Saturday into what is on the minds of the region’s voters as the lawmakers begin a new session, and education funding appears to be a high priority.

The first 2015 legislative forum drew a crowd at St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center, Davenport, as more than 100 people gathered to meet their elected leaders. The group quizzed legislators on a variety of topics ranging from mental health for children to Iowa’s puppy mills, health insurance coverage, bullying, mandatory body cameras for police and clean water.

But it was an education funding question that not only energized the crowd but those elected to represent them. Julie DeSalvo, mother of a North High School sophomore, asked what the legislators expect for school funding.

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Branstad plan to shut mental hospitals called illegal

MOUNT PLEASANT, Ia. – Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to unilaterally shut down mental health institutions here and in Clarinda is illegal, legislators charged Saturday. Sen. Rich Taylor told about 100 people at a community forum that state law specifically requires … Continue reading

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Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

  Strong Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. Business leaders say Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 26 In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s … Continue reading

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REPUBLICANS LIMIT ACCESS TO EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING

Des Moines, Iowa – A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. … Continue reading

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Alliance Friday Alert

Alliance Reacts to President Obama’s State of the Union Address; Postal Workers, Alliance and Allies Partner to Institute Postal-Service Banking; The Fight to Preserve Medicare turns 50; SaveOurRetirement.com Launches to Prevent Conflicted Investment Advice; Texas Alliance Holds Convention; Social Security … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Annual Union Membership Report

January 23, 2015   For media interested in further analysis, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William E. Spriggs is available for interviews.   Today’s release of the annual union membership numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in this economic … Continue reading

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John Deere lay offs

john deere 2ANKENY, Iowa – About 300 John Deere employees in Ankeny are set to be laid off.

The company made the announcement Friday morning as part of a move to relieve 900 employees of their duties from plants in Iowa and Illinois.

It’s on top of the 110 layoffs that were made in September at the Ankeny plant.

Deere & Company officials said the layoffs “reflect the economic forecast… as the company continues to align the size of its manufacturing workforce to market demand for products.”

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Support sought to overturn Supreme Court political funding decision

ROCK ISLAND — Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowed unprecedented amounts of corporate money into political campaigns, grassroots efforts to roll it back continue to gain momentum, according to a Wednesday night film and discussion.

About 35 people at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island watched John Ennis’ 2014 film, “Pay 2 Play,” on the effects of the Citizens United decision. The 2010 ruling struck down government regulations on independent spending and disclosures on behalf of political campaigns by unions and corporations, saying it was protected by the First Amendment.

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TEAMSTERS LOCAL 238 PROUD TO ENDORSE MONICA VERNON FOR CONGRESS IN IOWA’S FIRST DISTRICT

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Vernon Campaign Receives Early Support from Local 238 CEDAR RAPIDS – Today, Teamsters Local 238 endorsed Monica Vernon for Congress in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Vernon is a Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tempore. Gary Dunham, President of … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 24 Krueger’s Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: “cool before serving” … Continue reading

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News from Iowa State Education Association Legislative forum

iseaSaturday, January 24, 2015  10:30 a.m – noon

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Rogalski Center, Saint Ambrose University

518 West Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa

Quad City state representatives and senators are invited to attend the forums which are free and open to the public. The forums are sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), the Scott County Farm Bureau, the Working Iowa Neighbors Coalition of the Quad Cities Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), the Business and Professional Women of Davenport and the Quad Cities Area Realtor Association (QCARA).

“The forums are a great opportunity for people to speak directly with elected officials and to have their questions answered,” said Toby W. Paone, ISEA UniServ Director. “We encourage interested citizens to mark their calendars and attend. We especially thank Saint Ambrose University for the use of the Rogalski Center in hosting the forums.”

For more information contact Toby Paone at 563-355-3731 (office); 563-370-3270 (cell); tpaone@isea.org. or Jean Hessburg, 515-471-8025,jhessburg@isea.org

 

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Superintendents: Branstad plan will result in fired teachers, overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks, fewer choices

  DES MOINES – If approved, Governor Branstad’s education budget will hurt Iowa’s k12 schools, according to a survey of Iowa’s superintendents. “Superintendents told us the governor’s budget will send our schools in the wrong direction, resulting in fired teachers, … Continue reading

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Retirees Voice Satisfaction with State of the Union Address

Now that some of the hype is over regarding the President’s State of the Union, it’s time to take a look at how his remarks will affect seniors.  Below is Executive Director Richard Fiesta’s response to what the President said … Continue reading

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