Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

Governor’s values don’t match Iowa’s values

When elected officials make decisions about spending public dollars, they reveal their priorities and values. Governor Branstad recently completed action on the new state budget by issuing a flurry of item-vetoes. In doing so, he revealed what his true priorities … Continue reading

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‘Human chain’ at Des Moines rally puts spotlight on benefits

About 50 protesters objected to a proposed change in Social Security benefits on Tuesday with a “human chain” outside the federal office building in downtown Des Moines. The demonstration, led by the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans and backed by … Continue reading

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Labor Short Course Arms its 62nd Class with Critical Knowledge and Skills

By Gunther W. Anderson   In mid-May I spent a week steeping myself in all things Labor. Everyone around me was a dedicated and active supporter of Unions and the ideals they fight for. Virtually every conversation I had was … Continue reading

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Rally in Rock Island celebrates and encourages immigration reform

A group in Rock Island rallying to encourage the progress of immigration reform heard a story that hit close to home. A gathering of families, faith leaders, and local officials came to Schwiebert Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 29, 2013 … Continue reading

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IBEW Negotiators Score Win for Iowa Rockwell Collins Workers

More than six weeks of negotiations between the IBEW and avionics manufacturer Rockwell Collins yielded victory for the nearly 2,000-strong Iowa work force May 4, when members overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract. The agreement covers members at Coralville Local … Continue reading

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Today in Labor History (July 3-7)

July 3: Children, employed in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., go on strike for 11-hour day and 6-day week. A compromise settlement resulted in a 69-hour work week (1835); Feminist and labor activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman born in Hartford, … Continue reading

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Rally calls for immigration reform, fairness

ROCK ISLAND — Joseph Thawn and his wife came to the United States about four years ago to find a better life. The two left Burma, now Myanmar, more than six years ago and lived as refugees in Malaysia before … Continue reading

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Tribune Editorial: Branstad’s actions don’t match words, again

Maybe we should be used to it by now, but it’s still jarring when Gov. Terry Branstad’s actions contradict his rhetoric. The governor who rarely misses an opportunity to tout the importance to Iowa’s future of research, technology, science and … Continue reading

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Terry Branstad’s Driver Gets Free Pass From Iowa State Trooper When Speeding On The Highway

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A trooper pursued an SUV that was speeding at 90 mph with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad inside, but declined to pull the driver over after realizing he was transporting the state’s top elected official, audio recordings … Continue reading

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