Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Iowa secretary of state let others work from home

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Already under fire over a generous departure deal for his top aide, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz acknowledged Monday that he let two other Republican political appointees work from home after requesting their resignations. … Continue reading

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Democrats and Republicans want questions answered

We didn’t know anything about it.” — Gov. Terry Branstad, July 2, 2013 “I’m not familiar with that information.” — Gov. Branstad, July 22, 2013 “I don’t know specifically.” — Gov. Branstad, March 31, 2014 “I didn’t find out about … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Quick Take on April Jobs Report

  Below is a quick take on today’s jobs report from AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel who is available for interviews. Please direct any requests to 202-637-5018 or JGoldstein@aflcio.org   “Today’s strong job numbers represent a significant step in … Continue reading

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Rock IslNS County Police and Fire Salute to Special Olympians

Dear Labor Leaders and Community Partners,       Please see the attached letter from State Representative Pat Verschoore and Rock Island County Board Member Richard Brunk concerning sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming 7th Annual Rock Island County Police & … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Passing of USW President Emeritus Lynn Williams

  May 5, 2014     The labor movement has lost a great friend and leader with the passing of Lynn Williams.  Lynn was an organizer at heart.  He will be best remembered for his firm and unwavering advocacy for … Continue reading

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Day of Action for Steve Siegel for Iowa Senate

  Saturday, May 10th 9:30 AM Labor Council at 1305 E. Mary St, Ottumwa, IA We will meet at 9:30 AM and then knock doors and make calls for the rest of the day.  Please RSVP to Alex Drzycimski by … Continue reading

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Alcoa workers oppose proposed pension, health care changes

RIVERDALE, Iowa — About 100 workers and retirees at the Alcoa Davenport Works held an informational picket Wednesday outside the plant, voicing their opposition to proposed changes in pension and health insurance for new hires.“We’re just trying to show we … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Minimum wage hike is good for businesses, communities

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 necessities … Continue reading

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