Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

Iowa Budget Dilemma for 2014 Setting a Sustainable Course Against a Tide of Giveaways

Iowa’s 2014 legislative session opens with a budget dilemma: how to set a sustainable course for the future while dealing with the consequences of new tax cuts and other decisions in 2013. The state started off FY2013 with a surplus … Continue reading

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Help us make 2014 the year we tilt the playing field back to even for working families

Dear AFSCME Sisters and Brothers, Happy New Year. And thank you. Thank you for the work you do every day making a difference in your communities. You only need to look to your sisters and brothers — who keep their … Continue reading

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President Pam Jochum’s 2014 Opening Day Address

  Senate President Pam Jochum Good morning.   Welcome to the 2014 session of the 85th GA of the Iowa Legislature.   Let’s give a special welcome to our newest member, Julien Garrett.   In 1963, President John Kennedy defended … Continue reading

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Iowa View: It’s time Iowans choose people over corporations

Our collective 2014 resolution should be to fundamentally change the way politics is done in Iowa, so that everyday people and hardworking families are at the center of decision-making at the statehouse, rather than big-money corporate interests. From the legislative … Continue reading

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House Democratic Leader Mark Smith’s Opening Day Speech

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you to House Democrats who have given me this opportunity to serve as your leader. Last week, I celebrated living on this earth for 62 years and all of those 62 years have been … Continue reading

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Union Member Early Childhood Education Book Drive

  Think back and I bet you remember a favorite book that your parents read to you when you were just a young child. In the Cedar Valley there are hundreds of children enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs (Preschool). … Continue reading

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Sign the petition and tell the House GOP to extend unemployment benefits.

I recently watched a movie about a boy who was on a ship that started to sink. Luckily for him, there was a lifeboat he could scramble onto; otherwise, he would have drowned. But what do you do when you’re … Continue reading

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With ALEC, it’s not just ‘Who?’ but ‘What?’ and ‘Why?’

Some Iowa legislative leaders are taking issue with claims that all Iowa legislators are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). See these links: http://iowahouse.org/iowa-lawmakers-to-alec-we-are-not-members/ http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/alecs-claims-deceptive-and-deceitful/ All of this calls to mind the words of the great comedian Groucho Marx, who is widely quoted: … Continue reading

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South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL CIO endorses Joe Henry for Des Moines City Council

1/13/2014 Joe Henry, candidate for Des Moines City Council Ward 4, is pleased to announce the endorsement of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The South Central Labor Council is a coalition of 52 local affiliated unions. The … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 14 Clinton-era OSHA issues confined spaces standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers who enter confined spaces – 1993 Pennsylvania Superior Court rules bosses can fire workers for being gay – 1995 … Continue reading

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Union Member Early Childhood Education Book Drive

    Think back and I bet you remember a favorite book that your parents read to you when you were just a young child. In the Cedar Valley there are hundreds of children enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs … Continue reading

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