Monthly Archives: June 2014

Branstad disregarded warning about payment for silence

Gov. Terry Branstad said today he was aware a former state official had raised a warning in early April that there might be documents showing the state had paid for confidentiality in a settlement agreement. The governor chose instead to … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Harris v. Quinn an assault on wages, middle class

  June 30, 2014   The extreme views of today’s Supreme Court aimed at home care workers aren’t just bad for unions – they’re bad for all workers and the middle class. But the attacks on the freedom of workers … Continue reading

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Labor Update: Staples Boycott

From Blog for Iowa June 30, 2014 | Author Paul Deaton It’s hard to fathom the cavalcade of minutia encountered when mailing a package at the post office. The question has been “can a lowly paid worker at Staples do … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 30 Alabama outlaws the leasing of convicts to mine coal, a practice that had been in place since 1848. In 1898, 73 percent of the state’s total revenue came from this source. 25 percent of all black leased convicts … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: No place in Iowa campaigns for dirty tricks

While Jack Hatch, the Democrats’ candidate for governor, was preparing to announce Monica Vernon as his choice to be his lieutenant governor running mate, Republican Terry Branstad’s re-election team was busy, too. It was launching www.HatchVernon.com. The website looks like … Continue reading

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The Incompetence Dogma So Much for Obamacare Not Working

Have you been following the news about Obamacare? The Affordable Care Act has receded from the front page, but information about how it’s going keeps coming in — and almost all the news is good. Indeed, health reform has been … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Maybe Iowa’s legislators should learn constituents’ views on minimum wage

Earlier this year President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. U.S. Rep. Steve King blasted the move as unconstitutional. “We have a minimum wage,” he said. “Congress has set it.” … Continue reading

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ARA Report

Obama Picks Carolyn W. Colvin to Lead Social Security Administration Late last week, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carolyn W. Colvin to lead the Social Security Administration (SSA). A longtime government administrator, Ms. Colvin has been the agency’s … Continue reading

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Lee County Labor Council Blood Drive

The Lee County Labor Council held a blood drive June 26th. BCTGM 48G member (40 years) John Miller donates blood at this drive.

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Iowa Democratic Party Calls on Brenna Findley to Resign

Posted by Christina | June 25, 2014 Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price called on Brenna Findley to resign today after revelations of her knowledge of Governor Branstad’s hush money scandal: “Brenna Findley needs to follow in the footsteps … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 28 Birthday of machinist Matthew Maguire, who many believe first suggested Labor Day. Others believe it was Peter McGuire, a carpenter – 1850 President Grover Cleveland signs legislation declaring Labor Day an official U.S. holiday – 1894 The federal … Continue reading

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6-day language makes it into House appropriations bill

June 25, 2014—Language mandating six-day mail delivery—intentionally left out of the draft version of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill—was successfully reinserted into the measure that was approved on Wednesday by a … Continue reading

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Around Iowa: Court rules on severance pay bargaining

An appeals court says Iowa school districts cannot unilaterally cut employees’ severance pay and must instead bargain any changes with unions. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday against the Fort Dodge school district, which proposed a plan in 2012 … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Noel Canning v. NLRB Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2014 Today’s ruling clears up the legal landscape on a question both Democratic and Republican presidents have faced for decades – the circumstances under which the United States Constitution allows them to make temporary recess appointments to executive … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 27 Emma Goldman, women’s rights activist and radical, born in Lithuania. She came to the U.S. at age 17 – 1869 The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the “Wobblies,” is founded at a 12-day-long convention in … Continue reading

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Testimony: Top Branstad staffers aware of hush money

The former state director fired after he inaccurately told lawmakers that the state had never paid hush money in exchange for secrecy in settlement agreements personally approved at least one $6,500 payment, a former attorney for his department testified today. … Continue reading

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Congressman Latham backs six-day mail delivery

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Clive, said Wednesday he will co-sponsor an amendment in Congress to maintain six-day mail delivery for the U.S. Postal Service. “While the USPS absolutely needs to continue steps to improve cost saving measures, those steps should … Continue reading

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Braley opposes cuts to 19 Iowa Social Security offices

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, said Wednesday he is introducing legislation to prevent federal cuts to 19 Iowa Social Security offices. Braley said he has previously joined more than 100 lawmakers expressing opposition to cuts in services at Social Security … Continue reading

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Canvasser Workers Need

The Iowa Democratic Party is paying canvassers to start immediately and work til the election: 6 Days/Week (no Fridays) 4PM – 9PM @$1400/month paid on 5th and 20th They will target Democrat supporters who do not usually vote in Midterm elections … Continue reading

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Labor History

June 26 Members of the American Railway Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, refuse to handle Pullman cars, in solidarity with Pullman strikers. Two dozen strikers were killed over the course of the strike – 1894 The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence … Continue reading

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