Daily Archives: April 21, 2014

Keeping Score: Old Fashioned Cronyism Alive and Well in the Branstad Administration

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By Charlie Wishman, Secretary Treasurer Iowa Federation of Labor I’m someone who actually likes to keep score through all nine innings at baseball games.  It’s an odd habit, but when you finish the game you have a better understanding about … Continue reading

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Voters: Don’t forget Chiodo’s voter suppression

As a union member, president of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor and the chief lobbyist for the Iowa Federation of Labor before I retired, I worked to pass progressive legislation for working people. I’ve worked with Democratic officials … Continue reading

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Settlements scandal: Was there a mastermind?

It’s been five weeks since the public first learned that Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration engaged in secret settlements that included offers or actual payments of thousands of dollars to some former state employees in exchange for their silence. That news … Continue reading

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QC Next Up Thank Yous

A huge “Thank You” to the following groups, organizations, and individuals for their support of America’s next generation of organized workers!*   Event Sponsors   Platinum Sponsor $500   United Way of the Quad Cities Area     Gold Sponsor … Continue reading

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Lee County Win Meeting

Tomorrow we are holding our regular monthly WIN Meetings. Note that since we have completed our work for the primary election candidate vetting, we will return to holding a WIN Meeting in Fort Madison at 4PM and in Keokuk at … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Releases Recommendations on Administrative Action on Immigration

  (Washington, DC, April 21, 2014) –  Since April 17, 2013, the AFL-CIO has joined its vigorous support for a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a call on the administration to cease needless deportations. Today, the AFL-CIO issues a detailed … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 21 New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike – 1967 Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers strike nine plants in what was to become a … Continue reading

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