Daily Archives: July 18, 2013

Harkin Statement on Senate Approval of Thomas Perez to Serve as Secretary of Labor

  WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today after the Senate approved the nomination of Thomas Perez to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The … Continue reading

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Alex Lawson from Social Security Works to speak in Des Moines and Davenport

“Taking Back the Message” on Preserving Social Security  Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson will be speaking at 2000 Walker, July 25 at 6 PM  in Des Moines and at the  Community Networking Night on Thursday, July 25th, at … Continue reading

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TESTIMONY ON PROPOSED RULE CHANGES on the Electrical Inspection Program – Definitions.

  IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO KEN D. SAGAR, President July 18, 2013 Mr. Chair, thank you for the opportunity to be here and to comment on proposed rules changes.  On behalf of more than 100,000 AFL-CIO union members in … Continue reading

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Union leader ‘appalled’ by construction site

DAVENPORT — A union official said he is “appalled” by the conditions on a construction site for a new Discount Tire store, where workers were living in a makeshift camp. The workers, brought in by a Texas construction company, had … Continue reading

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Iowa pays companies incentives that amount to $50,000 per job

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES – Iowa officials handed out more than $274 million in incentives to land 163 new companies or the expansion of others in the past two years, according to an Iowa Watchdog analysis … Continue reading

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Overtime is wrong issue for front page

The July 15, Des Moines Register Article about postal workers and overtime, portrays a negative image of postal workers and the USPS.               The fact is The USPS was burdened with an unfair and unrealistic financial expense, by  Congress,  that … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Delayed Employer Responsibility Assessments in the Affordable Care Act

July 3, 2013 In the health reform debate, we fought to ensure that employers have a responsibility to provide affordable, comprehensive health benefits to their workers and their families. The employer responsibility provision included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … Continue reading

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Budget cuts force layoffs at state job agency

Thirty employees of Iowa Workforce Development, the state’s employment services agency, are receiving layoff notices this week, a situation state officials blame on federal sequestration budget cuts. A Democratic lawmaker questions the layoffs, saying Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration could … Continue reading

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Workforce Development Will Make Cuts

Unemployment in the state is going down, except at Iowa Workforce Development itself. It’s going up.  The agency told staff this week they’re cutting more than 40 positions. “At what point in time are citizens in this state going to … Continue reading

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County leaders urged to make decision on reserve program

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – A back and forth discussion between county leaders reached a boiling point with the public today. The Sheriff’s Department has been waiting for months to get the green light to add more volunteers to its … Continue reading

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The Worst Governors

Our second report on the nation’s worst governors includes 18 — six of whom are the worst of the lot, six others whose conduct raises serious questions about their leadership, and six others who engaged in some action suspect enough … Continue reading

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An Iowa Temp Worker Bill of Rights?

In a strip mall in Cedar Rapids, a temp agency opens at 6 a.m., ready to place workers in temporary jobs. A registered applicant can enter the waiting room, sign in on a clipboard at the counter, and wait for … Continue reading

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