Daily Archives: February 18, 2013

Who would be affected by President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase?

Of the many proposals in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the one that seems to be receiving the most attention (especially in the Twitterverse) is President Obama’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 … Continue reading

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Largest banks still acting with impunity

Corporations are people, my friend,” said candidate Mitt Romney. Just try to find a jail cell big enough to hold a corporation. “Too big to fail” has allowed the United States’ biggest banks to act without restraint. Now this idea … Continue reading

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Panera Bread Workers Seek to Unionize Despite Employer Resistance

By DAVE JAMIESON Kathleen VonEitzen heads into work at 10 p.m. with a long night ahead of her. A trained baker, VonEitzen spends the evening and early morning hours cutting and shaping trays full of dough, shuffling between multiple ovens, … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History

February 18 One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four … Continue reading

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SENIORS WORKING TO MAKE ENDS MEET

Experience Works is one of the organizations involved with our Economic Security for Older  Iowans project funded through a grant from Prairie Meadows.  The work they do is important for older Iowans who require additional income to find some economic … Continue reading

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Heartland Drought Threatens Meat Packing Industry and UFCW Jobs

By Robert Cale Last month during contract negotiations I watched as our International representative received a disturbing phone call. The call was to inform him that 1,800 UFCW members at a Cargill owned beef plant in Plainview Texas would be … Continue reading

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Nearly 75 People Attend Legislative Forum at the Hallagen Center

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – About 75 people gathered to hear from Linn County legislators about topics and issues in the state of Iowa at the Hallagen Center at the Mercy Medical Center, Saturday morning. The forum was hosted by the … Continue reading

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More convictions expected in scandal surrounding Scott Walker

Will Wisconsin Job-killer Gov. Scott Walker be one of them? Six convictions have already resulted from the “John Doe” criminal investigation of people surrounding Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive. More are likely, according to the Cognitive Dissidence blog. … Continue reading

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New AFSCME Executive Board Member

I am glad to announce that Doug Buttikofer was elected as a new Vice President for District 5 (State Seat) at a Special Convention last Saturday in West Burlington. Doug is a psychologist at Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility. Doug is … Continue reading

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FRIENDS: The Iowa Department of Revenue today put out its annual report on Iowa’s Research Activities Credit (RAC). These reports were mandated by a law passed in 2009; the first report covered only a half year. The report today is the third … Continue reading

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