Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

Key Senator calls for federal investigation into Branstad Administration’s efforts to harass and improperly influence judges

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Iowa Senate News Release State Senator Bill Dotzler: (319) 240-5594 For Immediate Release:  March 19, 2014     Key Senator calls for federal investigation into Branstad Administration’s efforts to harass and improperly influence judges   Online version, documents, video: http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/?p=18716 … Continue reading

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Lawmaker seeks federal probe of Branstad administration allegedly harassing administrative judges

Sen. William Dotzler, D-Waterloo, has scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today to launch charges that Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration has been harassing and improperly trying to influence state administrative law judges. Dotzler, who is co-chair of the Legislature’s … Continue reading

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Nationwide, Workers Lead Local Movements to Raise Wages AFL-CIO Leads Efforts Around the Country

  (Washington, DC – March 19, 2014) In addition to the growing effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, working families across the country have been leading movements to raise wages at the state and local … Continue reading

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Fight for Fair Contract Continues Long After Ratification

By Robert Cale UFCW Local 617 The last year and a half has been a wild ride for our members. From the preparation and mobilizations of our members for the contract negotiations, the tense negotiations themselves that almost resulted in … Continue reading

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Let’s be done with Iowa’s fake job number

For some time now, the Iowa Policy Project and others have noted a bogus statistic that has been inserted into official jobs data provided by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). It just keeps getting better — the fake statistic — because … Continue reading

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Strengthen, don’t break, Iowa’s public pension plans

A stable and durable public pension system, efficiently managed and funded, is important to employees, employers, the state, and the economy. In Iowa and most states, public-sector pension systems remain strong and healthy. For that reason, Iowans should not be … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: President’s overtime change is appropriate

While Congress remains paralyzed and seemingly incapable of improving the lives of average Americans, give President Obama credit for using his executive power to try to do what he can. He ordered an increase in minimum wage paid by federal … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT: CORRECTIONAL STAFFING

  IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT: CORRECTIONAL STAFFING WHAT IS GOING ON? Rep. Gary Worthan (R- Storm Lake), the House Republican’s chair for the Justice System Budget, has decided that his proposed budget will include funding for zero additional correctional officers.   … Continue reading

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South Slope needs to be fully transparent

  We always have believed in and supported cooperatives because they are democratically run organizations that support their members and employees. So when we moved back to southwest Cedar Rapids about four years ago, we signed with South Slope Cooperative … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 20 Michigan authorizes formation of workers’ cooperatives. Thirteen are formed in the state over a 25-year period. Labor reform organizations were advocating “cooperation” over “competitive” capitalism following the Civil War and several thousand cooperatives opened for business across the … Continue reading

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