Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

ACTION ALERT: OUTSOURCING PROPOSED IN COLFAX-MINGO SCHOOLS

WHAT IS GOING ON? The administration of Colfax-Mingo Schools announced a proposal in February to outsource custodial services. This was done with almost no community input. Fortunately, the school board delayed taking action. They will consider the proposal at their … Continue reading

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Letter: Labor federation backs sales tax for schools

As president of the Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO I am proud to say that our organization endorses the March 18th referendum concerning the 1 percent sales tax increase for Rock Island County’s schools. Voters will have a very … Continue reading

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Let them Vote

A thistle to Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz for his failure to recognize that as Iowa’s top election official he should be focused on enabling Iowans to vote and on helping them do it legally. Instead, Schultz is fixated … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: ‘Nobody should have to pay to be paid’

It’s Friday afternoon so you stop by your workplace and pick up your paycheck. You go to the credit union, deposit it, check your balance, transfer some money to another account and then withdraw some cash. A few days later … Continue reading

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Iowa Poll: Access to voting trumps voter fraud concerns

A wide majority of Iowans believe it’s more important to ensure ballot access for eligible voters than to guard against voting by those who are ineligible. That result, captured in The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll, casts new light … Continue reading

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Bill targeting wage theft moves to House committee

It’s difficult to imagine that hundreds of workers in Iowa each year do not get paid their promised wage and often find they have little recourse to fight back, but that’s what civil rights groups and Democrats in the Iowa … Continue reading

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Braley sees ‘tough road ahead’ in 2014 election cycle

Among Democrats at the Polk County party convention Saturday, there was laser focus on voters. “We have a tough road ahead of us in 2014,” U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for the Senate, told delegates gathered at lunch … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 10 U.S. Supreme Court upholds espionage conviction of labor leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs. Debs was jailed for speaking out against World War I. Campaigning for president from his Atlanta jail cell, he won 6 percent of the … Continue reading

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