Daily Archives: April 30, 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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