Daily Archives: June 30, 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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