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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: Balance the state budget; Be fair and … Continue reading

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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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