Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Legislative Update

By Charlie Wishman, IFL Secretary/Treasurer First of all, congratulations to AFSCME Iowa Council 61 on winning their arbitration on the state contract.  Hats off to the AFSCME bargaining committee who had to deal with extremely difficult circumstances for months. Well, … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate Budget Chair: Congress needs to do its job

A statement from Senator Bob Dvorsky, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, regarding estimates released by the Iowa Department of Management on the impact of federal sequestration on Iowa: “Rather than giving speeches, Congressional leaders need to sit down and … Continue reading

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Study: Women’s wages are falling even further behind men’s

Posted by Suzy Khimm on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm The economy is doing marginally better, but women’s pay is doing marginally worse. (Chip Somodevilla – Getty Images) For much of the past three decades, the wage gap between … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Coalition of Immokalee Workers March 200 Miles for Rights, Respect and Fair Food

Jackie Tortora  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) embarked on a 200-mile march from Fort Myers, Fla., to Lakeland to raise awareness about the Fair Food movement that has encouraged growers and big tomato buyers (Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King and … Continue reading

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Costco CEO Supports Fair Minimum Wage Act

03/07/2013 Kenneth Quinnell Costco CEO Craig Jelinek has joined the push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by saying he supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would not only raise the current wage … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on February Jobs Report March 8, 2013

February’s encouraging job growth is welcome news, but before we get too excited, let’s not ignores the real pain that working families still experience outside the bubble of D.C.  Long-term unemployment remains unchanged, 14.3 percent of working people in the … Continue reading

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No across-the-board raises for 20,000 state workers Contract includes increases for experience, longevity; health insurance benefits unchanged

A new two-year contract for 20,000 state workers will provide no across-the-board pay increases, the first time that’s happened since Iowa began collective bargaining with public employees in the 1970s. However, the contract includes automatic step pay increases for experience … Continue reading

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