Daily Archives: March 24, 2014

Senator says governor should “terminate” managers who inked confidential settlements with fired workers

A Democrat who is a member of the legislature’s Oversight Committee says Iowa’s Republican governor hasn’t done enough to respond to news of 24 confidential settlements with fired state workers. Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, says Governor … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Lawmakers need to act on secret agreements

The Iowa Legislature has made clear that state and local governments may not make secret settlements in legal disputes. Yet, some state agencies continue to negotiate agreements that explicitly prohibit public disclosure of settlement details. Six examples of this practice … Continue reading

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Campaign launches to highlight increased minimum wage during 2014 election season

A group of small business owners and labor and religious leaders, guided by the liberal Progress Iowa advocacy group, will campaign across Iowa this year for an increased minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Iowa Coalition will hold informational meetings … Continue reading

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Another view: A dangerous myth that ‘you’re paid what you’re worth’

Written by Robert Reich It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. … Continue reading

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I’m 27 years old, I’m trying to finish my college degree and I work at Walmart.

I started working there while I was in college and stayed because I was promised an opportunity to have a career. But, three years later, I’m not in a better position at Walmart. I make $9.25 an hour and I … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Feds need to dig into Wahlert allegations

State agencies have a lot of power. They can deny you Medicaid benefits, revoke your driver’s license, label you a child abuser or decide you won’t get unemployment benefits. You can appeal such actions to an administrative law judge. That … Continue reading

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10 more state agencies found to have secret settlements; Branstad: ‘Iowans deserve better’

At least 10 more state agencies have entered into secret settlement agreements, Gov. Terry Branstad said today as he took responsibility and vowed that “heads will roll” if it happens again. “It is unacceptable.  Iowans expect more from government. Iowans … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 24 Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: … Continue reading

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