Monthly Archives: April 2014

STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR BRANSTAD’S CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES WEEK EVENT TODAY

  DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the event Governor Branstad held today in recognition of Correctional Officers and Employees Week:   “The Governor’s Correctional Officers and Employees Week proclamation signing … Continue reading

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Basu: State covers up instead of acting against higher ups

Say you report to a government investigator that your former boss, a state agency director, made a move on you, then retaliated by laying you off for rejecting it. What should you expect — an apology? Disciplinary action against him? … Continue reading

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Bus tour calls on lawmakers to raise minimum wage

A coalition of liberal groups and labor unions rolled in a bus and two Democratic candidates for Congress to stump for a higher minimum wage outside the Iowa Capitol on Thursday. The event, part of a nationwide “Give America a … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Senate Minimum Wage Vote

  April 30, 2014       With this vote, America can make a clear moral judgment about where its political leaders stand.   This issue deserves more than a partisan response. Raising the minimum wage is bigger than politics; … Continue reading

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The Register Editorial: Schultz lets down Iowa’s taxpayers — again

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz owes the people of Iowa a much better explanation than he has offered so far for his decision to continue paying one of his top aides for seven months after deciding to eliminate the … Continue reading

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Auditor’s office asked to review no-show Schultz aide

The state auditor was asked Tuesday to launch an investigation into what work was actually done by an Iowa Secretary of State staff member who was paid for seven months after his job was eliminated. The request came from Sen. … Continue reading

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Senate’s GOP leader rails about ‘union bosses’, draws replies from Democrats

The Iowa Senate started its Tuesday with a half-hour episode of partisan rants. Republicans like Senate GOP Leader Bill Dix were riled when Democrats criticized Republican Governor Terry Branstad.   “Governor Branstad’s not present in the chamber to defend himself,” … Continue reading

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Labor History

May 01 Mary Harris “Mother” Jones born in County Cork, Ireland – 1830 Cigar makers in Cincinnati warn there could be a strike in the fall if factory owners continue to insist that they pay 30¢ per month for gas … Continue reading

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COPE 2014 May 3

USW 310 Hall , 125 NW Broadway, Des Moines Registration: 9 AM to 1 PM 10:30 – COPE Committee Meeting 12: 00 – Lunch 12:30 – Sgt. at Arms 12:30 – Rules 12:30 – Roll Call 1:00 PM – Convention … Continue reading

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Lawsuit challenges state’s ‘do not hire’ list

Iowa’s state government has illegally used a so-called “do not hire” list for decades, a lawsuit filed Monday claims. The lawsuit argues that the state has created “blacklists” despite multiple rulings by administrative law judges warning against the practice. The … Continue reading

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Check out Workers Memorial Day Events Coverage

http://www.iowaworkforce.org/news/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&articleid=2996   http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/04/25/ceremony-remembers-fallen-workers/   http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/iowa-workers-who-died-on-the-job-honored/article_5785b248-e38b-557f-ade4-21308806733a.html   http://qctimes.com/news/local/remembering-workers-killed-on-the-job/article_93446f36-95bd-5059-9f8d-cc9a25cb8e9f.html   http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/04/25/ceremony-remembers-fallen-workers/   http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Political-Group-Ad-256726161.html   http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=678994&query=workers+memorial+day   http://www.whoradio.com/articles/1040-who-radio-news-121648/61-fallen-iowa-workers-honored-12290762/   http://wcfcourier.com/business/local/worker-memorial-day-observed-monday-by-local-labor-council/article_3b4861f3-bec3-5a81-8673-a4423def4a67.html   http://www.clintonherald.com/topnews/x749163056/Labor-Congress-event-begins-at-1-p-m-Monday   http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Labor-Leaders-Remember-61-Iowa-Workers-Who-Died-on-the-Job-257087691.html   http://wcfcourier.com/business/local/fallen-workers-remembered-at-waterloo-memorial/article_e65cccd3-fac4-555b-8bb6-47c4d54286eb.html   http://www.ktiv.com/story/25373169/2014/04/28/labor-council-honors-fallen-workers-calls-for-stronger-safety-laws   http://www.clintonherald.com/local/x493482333/Workers-remembered-with-video   http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Labor-Leaders-Remember-61-Iowa-Workers-Who-Died-on-the-Job-257087691.html    

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Raise the Wage May Day March Waterloo Iowa

Thursday May 1st Americans for Democratic Action in partnership with the Raise the Wage Iowa Coalition 5-5:30 Cash Bomb at Popcorn Heaven 403 Franklin St Franklin St. Show your support for a brand new local small business who despite just … Continue reading

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Farmworkers Launch Largest Organizing Campaign Since Chavez

     Effort will confront Reynolds American’s failure to guarantee basic labor rights April 29, 2014 DUDLEY, NC – Today, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) announced a multinational campaign to give a voice and much needed rights to thousands of … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Making firings public would invade worker privacy

Much of the current discussion about how to treat public employee personnel files has been a one-sided debate. As the representative of 40,000 public sector and private sector employees, our union wants the public to know the other side of … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 30 An explosion at the Everettville mine in Everettville, W. Va., kills 109 miners, many of whom lie in unmarked graves to this day – 1927 The Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board implements new rules to speed up … Continue reading

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Branstad dismisses concerns about governance of Iowa

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday refuted a former aide’s claims that his administration has governance issues, saying he has taken swift and decisive action to deal with problems in the face of coordinated “political attacks” by Democrats … Continue reading

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It’s Branstad’s branch. We’re all just governed by it.

These folks think they own the joint. Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration signed off on two-dozen confidential settlements with departing state employees, including at least a couple with extra bucks offered in exchange for silence. No one authorized state agencies to spend the … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Day 2014 Events All Around Iowa

  Working  families, faith leaders, and local officials will gather around Iowa, Friday through Monday, for a vigil to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and to call on Congress to create safe … Continue reading

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Clinton WIN Meeting

Good morning – reminder that tonight is the WIN Meeting in Clinton. We are meeting at 7PM with Maggie Stafford, candidate for Recorder, and at 7:30 with Gayle Dolan, candidate for Supervisor.   Hope to see you there: 226 22nd … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Come Clean

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