Monthly Archives: January 2013

Quad-Citians question legislators

January 26, 2013 6:39 pm  •  Deirdre Cox Baker About 65 Quad-City residents and students peppered a panel of 10 legislators with questions ranging from school safety to adjusting the state’s earned income tax credit at the first Scott County … Continue reading

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Labor Update: A Future Without Poverty

By Tracy Leone On January 17th, 2013, Tavis Smiley moderated a panel of public intellectuals on the topic of poverty in America – a topic so rarely discussed, you’d think it was a peripheral issue rather than the root cause … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Bipartisan Senate Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013                          A bipartisan Senate group beginning the process to address our failed immigration system is an important and long overdue first step toward addressing our country’s broken immigration system. We are especially encouraged to see that at … Continue reading

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A surplus of ideas debated at legislative forum

By JON ERICSON, jonathan.ericson@wcfcourier.com CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Iowa has a $1 billion pie, and everyone seems to have a different suggestion on how to divide it. Nearly everyone wants a slice, but some prefer to keep making a bigger pie. … Continue reading

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In Walmart and Fast Food, Unions Scaling Up a Strike-First Strategy

Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically. “The labor movement is all about results,” says Dan Schlademan, who directs … Continue reading

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The Register Editorial: Branstad’s health plan does little for Iowa’s poor

Gov. Terry Branstad’s philosophy on health care, if taken literally, means an epileptic can exercise his way out of the disease. A diabetic doesn’t need test strips to check glucose levels and stave off complications. She can simply eat right. … Continue reading

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Harkin retiring

Tom Harkin, Iowa’s liberal lion and a powerhouse in the U.S. Senate, revealed on Saturday that he won’t seek re-election — a bombshell that surprised political insiders and has the potential to shake up Iowa politics on all levels. Iowa … Continue reading

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Great Job!

Everyone: GREAT job yesterday in sub-committee.  We had around 50 people pack room 304, and we collectively put a ton of pressure on the House Rs to drop this bill.  Everyone made great points.  The good news is that we … Continue reading

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2013 Iowa Federation of Labor Legislative Conference Hotel Deadline information

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Sarita Gupta: Union Membership Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report tracking how many working Americans are represented by a labor or trade union. The report indicates overall union density declining, with union membership in the public sector falling 1 … Continue reading

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Adding right to work law to Iowa Constitution advances

By ROD BOSHART, Courier Lee News Service DES MOINES, Iowa — Republicans seeking to amend Iowa’s Constitution with right-to-work protection weathered a storm subcommittee meeting Wednesday by steering through strong union opposition hoping to run the issue aground. House Joint … Continue reading

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Union membership continues to decline

BY ANNE CAROTHERS-KAY, Managing Editor The percentage of U.S. workers who are union members continues to decline, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, 11.3 percent of workers were members of labor unions, … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Union Membership Numbers

  January 23, 2013  Working women and men urgently need a voice on the job today, but the sad truth is that it has become more difficult for them to have one, as today’s figures on union membership demonstrate. Union … Continue reading

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Prichard elected in House District 52

CHARLES CITY — Todd Prichard, an assistant county attorney in Floyd County, won election to the House District 52 seat in the Iowa Legislature Tuesday. Prichard, 38, a Democrat, defeated Dennis Litterer, 57, R-Ionia, and Craig Clark, 44, an independent … Continue reading

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US Labor Department, Iowa Workforce Development sign agreement to reduce misclassification of employees as independent contractors

WASHINGTON — Officials of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Iowa Workforce Development today signed a memorandum of understanding to protect the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors by employers. Mary Beth … Continue reading

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Quad City Federation of Labor Selects New President

Delegates to the Quad-City Federation of Labor elected longtime labor and political activist Dino Leone to the president’s post. The election was Monday night. Leone, who has been the federation’s Illinois vice president, succeeds Jerry Messer, who announced in November … Continue reading

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Worker compensation is question in state budget

By CATHERINE LUCEY The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has released his budget proposal, but one key part of the plan remains a question mark. That’s compensation for the roughly 20,000 union represented state workers in … Continue reading

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Quad City Federation of Labor President, Messer Retires

January 21, 2013 –  By Tracy Leone President Jerry Messer stepped down after twenty-six years as President of the Quad City Federation of Labor. He will continue to serve as President of his local UFCW 431. The delegates presented Mr. … Continue reading

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Kent’s Open Sores

By Kevin Hall The Iowa Republican.com                          Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. The legal entanglements for Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson … Continue reading

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An Unnecessary ALEC Bill in Iowa

By Charlie Wishman, Secretary/Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor Iowa House Republicans are launching their first, but surely not their last attack on workers this legislative session.  All 53 Republicans co-sponsored HJR 1, an amendment to put the so-called “right to … Continue reading

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