Daily Archives: April 17, 2014

State Victories to Raise Wages Fueling Momentum Nationwide Workers Leading Efforts in Must-Watch States

  (Washington, DC – April 17, 2014) As efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour move forward, working families across the country are leading winning movements to raise wages at the state and local level. These … Continue reading

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Iowa Latinos Mobilize off Rep. Steve King’s Rhetoric

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King may soon feel some pushback from Latinos in his home state, who say they can no longer just ignore him or shake their heads at his rhetoric. King has raised hackles with comments made over … Continue reading

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It’s time to raise the wage – small business owner

As a small business owner, I am a firm believer that raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do. It will mean more money in the hands of those who need it, allowing them to pay for daily … Continue reading

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The Register Editorial: Bias allegations deserve a full airing

The Branstad administration dismissed as partisan politics a state senator’s allegations that Iowa Workforce Development has tipped the scales in favor of employers in unemployment benefits cases. Now it is taking the same dismissive attitude toward a lawsuit that makes … Continue reading

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Iowa workforce chief gave judge positive reviews

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated PressIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert approved positive performance evaluations for the agency’s former chief unemployment appeals judge, records show, undermining her public claims that he was a poor manager … Continue reading

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Chief: Board pressured to hire Branstad friend

Top staffers of Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the state’s employment board to hire a longtime friend of the administration as an administrative law judge in an attempt to stack the deck against public employee complaints, the chairman of the board … Continue reading

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How One Iowa Local is Winning Back the Work

Burlington, Iowa, on the  banks of the Mississippi River,  is undergoing a construction boom. It’s the biggest construction project Iowa has seen in decades. The $1.8 billon Iowa Fertilizer Co. — a subsidiary of the Egyptian construction giant Orascom — … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Bemoaning Weak Response in Year since West, Texas Tragedy

April 17, 2014   (Washington, DC) Arguably the only thing more tragic than the West, Texas explosion that killed fifteen and injured hundreds one year ago today is that so little has been done to prevent another such man-made disaster. … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 18 West Virginia coal miners strike, defend selves against National Guard – 1912 After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 black drivers and mechanics – … Continue reading

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