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Public Pensions Are Under Attack in Iowa – NPPC

Iowa is fortunate to have a strong public pension system. The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) provides pensions to teachers, firefighters, and other public employees throughout the Hawkeye State. In fact, one in ten Iowans is a member of … Continue reading

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Education Cuts

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Edmund Burke “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” This quote appears at the very beginning of Martin Foran’s novel, “The … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: Session avoided — keep eye on the ball

Three months after a fiscal year ends, the course should have been clear IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 20, 2017) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement with Governor Kim Reynolds’ announcement that no special session would be needed … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS BUDGET CRISIS FORCES IOWA TO BORROW MILLIONS

Borrowing $13 million to cover budget shortfall like ‘rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa today called on Iowans to take action, releasing a new website to highlight the Reynolds Budget Crisis that has the state to … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “If they want to hang me, let them. And on the scaffold I will shout Freedom for the working class!” September 21 Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike – 1896 Mother … Continue reading

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Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

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While the state’s fiscal year ended back in June, lawmakers are still waiting to see if Gov. Reynolds will be forced to call us back into a special session to finally close the books on the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY17). … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Iowa jobs grow, still at slow pace

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Jobless rate 3.3 percent; fourth straight monthly increase in payroll jobs IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 15, 2017) — Iowa payroll jobs showed a fourth straight monthly boost, while the unemployment rate also bumped higher, to 3.3 percent. The Iowa Policy … Continue reading

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ACA Repeal is Back: Joni Ernst Town Halls in Iowa City, Corydon, Charles City

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photo/Bloomberg Tell Joni Ernst how you feel about her previous and future votes to repeal your health care. She has already voted for repeal three times. Ernst voted for Repeal and Replace.  She voted for partial repeal. She voted for … Continue reading

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16,000 Iowans Lose Wages in Overtime Pay Changes

http://iowahouse.org/StatehouseNews/9-13-17 An estimated 16,000 Iowans will lose wages this year after Republican lawmakers and Governor Reynolds made significant changes to overtime pay last session. Nurses, social workers, and public defenders are among the 3,000 Iowans who will no longer be … Continue reading

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Tell your senators to oppose the Graham–Cassidy repeal bill and any other bill that guts our health care.

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We don’t have a lot of time. We recently learned that Republican leaders have been gathering support for an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact huge health care cuts by the end of September. A group of … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Glazer “I dreamed that I had died, And gone to my reward, A job in heaven’s textile plant, On a golden boulevard. The mill was made of marble, The machines were made of gold, And … Continue reading

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Iowa can’t expect to get the best out of state workers by waging war on them

Critics of government are fond of saying the public sector should be run more like business: more efficient, more cost-effective and better at long-range planning. Less often mentioned is one measure of any employer’s ability to produce or deliver value … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.  “The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it…those who attack labor forget these simple truths but history remembers them.” September 18 The Teamsters for a Democratic … Continue reading

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Duffy’s View

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Public sector employees to vote on union recertification

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Labor recertification votes for public-sector bargaining units began this Tuesday, with many more set to happen in October. These votes are part of the sweeping public sector collective bargaining law passed this past February. The voting … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations and social standing, never can bring about a reform.” September 16 More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war … Continue reading

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APPLE CHOSE IOWA. SO WHY THE HANDOUT, GOVERNOR?

Why would Governor Reynolds and the Iowa GOP think they need to bribe Apple to come to Iowa? Apple was likely coming to Iowa anyway because of Iowa’s combination of cheap and green energy. Iowa is one of the few … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Pete Seeger “It is better to have struggled and lost, than never to have struggled at all.” September 15 Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa., strike for a 10-hour day. The next … Continue reading

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Labor and WIN candidates did very well in School Board Elections

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Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) candidates won over 70% of the endorsed races. “It was good to see so many citizens stepping up to run for school board across Iowa. We are very happy that so … Continue reading

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