Daily Archives: August 27, 2014

Des Moines teachers charged for coffee pots in classrooms

Teachers and staff in the Des Moines school district must now pay an annual fee for any appliances they have in their classrooms such as a coffee maker or microwave. District officials notified staff of the charge in an email … Continue reading

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Former Iowa State Senator Pleads Guilty to Concealing Federal Campaign Expenditures

U.S. Department of Justice press release, August 27: A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from a presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services from one candidate to another and to … Continue reading

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Judges tell legislators they were pressured to make pro-business rulings

August 27, 2014 By O. Kay Henderson Current and former judges who rule on contested claims over unemployment benefits for laid-off workers testified Tuesday before the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee. Joe Walsh, the former chief administrative law judge in the … Continue reading

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Iowa Federation of Labor Convention Photos

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Ex-judge: I opposed pro-employer boss, was fired

A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases said Tuesday that he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who he said asserted her bias toward employers over workers. Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment … Continue reading

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Iowans need to make their voices heard in election

Here in Iowa, we pride ourselves on having a well-informed electorate and a strong commitment to civic participation — it’s something that remains a constant here year after year, election after election. It’s something we should be proud of, because … Continue reading

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Labor History

  August 28 The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech march—is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating.  The AFL-CIO did not endorse the march, but several affiliated unions did … Continue reading

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What have unions done for us?

Editor’s note: Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of “Cooking … Continue reading

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