Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

Go to your Caucus and offer some resolutions

The Iowa Federation of Labor is encouraging all our members to attend their caucus this Tuesday, January 21. The links below will assist you in finding you caucus site. These are suggestions for resolutions for your caucus: Minimum Wage: Raise … Continue reading

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ALEC says Legislature pays dues for all Iowa lawmakers, but records show otherwise

The confusing fight over Iowa lawmakers’ membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council goes on. Last week, you may remember, new House Minority Leader Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, sent a letter to the conservative group – which drafts right-leaning legislation for … Continue reading

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Iowa View: King sides against consumers, family farmers

Thanks to The Des Moines Register for its Dec. 12 editorial outlining the absurdity of U.S. Rep. Steve King’s amendment to the farm bill, which would bar any state from imposing its own higher standards on food produced or made … Continue reading

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Spending bill gives some Arsenal workers a raise

The new $1 trillion federal spending bill includes language that would give wage-grade workers a 1 percent raise, and that includes hundreds of workers at the Rock Island Arsenal. Salaried workers got a 1 percent pay bump via an executive … Continue reading

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Was Congress’ New Year’s Resolution to Punish Millions of Jobless Workers?

By Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor Imagine getting laid off from your job and struggling to support your family. Your first thoughts?  How will you make rent or keep up with your mortgage payment?  How will you buy … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Republicans’ Failure to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension

  January 14, 2014   It’s appalling that once again Senate Republicans are refusing to approve an unemployment benefits extension with no strings attached.  Meanwhile millions of people who want to work but cannot find jobs are facing additional weeks … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 16 The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect – 1883 Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. “Palmer” was Alexander Mitchell … Continue reading

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Gov. Branstad: No state money for Iowa food banks

DES MOINES — Iowa’s food banks were left out of Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal this year, marking the second time in three years the governor has not set aside state funding for the food bank system. Branstad vetoed $500,000 … Continue reading

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