Monthly Archives: January 2015

republicans turn back school funding plan supported by iowa schools, teachers, & Parents

Des Moines, Iowa – On a straight party line vote, House Republicans turned back a school funding plan supported by school officials, teachers, and parents.   “I’m disappointed that House Republicans have stopped listening to our local school leaders, parents, … Continue reading

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ALEC Watch: Local Leaders to Discuss ALEC’s Influence in the Iowa Legislature

New research report to be released, detailing ALEC’s impact in Iowa   Des Moines, Iowa — Local leaders will speak out on Tuesday, January 27th about the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, and its influence on Iowa’s legislative process. … Continue reading

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1 Percenters Biggest Gainers in Iowa

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In 39 states, majority of income growth went to the top from 2009-12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015 See this release or an Iowa fact sheet IOWA CITY, Iowa — The top 1 percent of earners captured almost … Continue reading

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100 Years Old Today: The Story Behind ‘Solidarity Forever’

On a windblown, gray Chicago day exactly 100 years ago today, Ralph Chaplin left his home on the city’s South Side for a raucous poor people’s rally at Hull House, the famed settlement house co-founded by Jane Addams. He asked … Continue reading

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

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On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on … Continue reading

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2015 AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Legislative Conference

Join us in discussing our legislative priorities, as well as, speak with legislators about the importance of public employees in our State. Legislative Conference Reception Tuesday, March 10th 5:00 PM -7:00 PM Prairie Meadows, Bishop A & B Legislative Conference … Continue reading

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Public Hearing on Education Appropriations – Tonight

The Iowa House introduced an education appropriation bill that mirrors the governor’s anemic 0.8 percent proposal. They’re hosting a public hearing on this legislation at 7 p.m., Monday, January 26, at the Iowa Capitol. We encourage ISEA members to attend. … Continue reading

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Governor, you are right: State support for Iowa’s students needs to catch up to our competitors

Open Letter to Governor Branstad from Senator Herman Quirmbach, Chair of the Senate Education Committee Dear Governor Branstad, Last Thursday, you told the Iowa State Board of Education, “We were complacent for too long, and others passed us by.  Now … Continue reading

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Quad-City forum offers insight on voters’ issues

The Iowa Quad-City state legislative delegation got a glimpse Saturday into what is on the minds of the region’s voters as the lawmakers begin a new session, and education funding appears to be a high priority. The first 2015 legislative … Continue reading

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Branstad plan to shut mental hospitals called illegal

MOUNT PLEASANT, Ia. – Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to unilaterally shut down mental health institutions here and in Clarinda is illegal, legislators charged Saturday. Sen. Rich Taylor told about 100 people at a community forum that state law specifically requires … Continue reading

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Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

  Strong Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. Business leaders say Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 26 In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s … Continue reading

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REPUBLICANS LIMIT ACCESS TO EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING

Des Moines, Iowa – A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. … Continue reading

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Alliance Friday Alert

Alliance Reacts to President Obama’s State of the Union Address; Postal Workers, Alliance and Allies Partner to Institute Postal-Service Banking; The Fight to Preserve Medicare turns 50; SaveOurRetirement.com Launches to Prevent Conflicted Investment Advice; Texas Alliance Holds Convention; Social Security … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Annual Union Membership Report

January 23, 2015   For media interested in further analysis, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William E. Spriggs is available for interviews.   Today’s release of the annual union membership numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in this economic … Continue reading

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John Deere lay offs

ANKENY, Iowa – About 300 John Deere employees in Ankeny are set to be laid off. The company made the announcement Friday morning as part of a move to relieve 900 employees of their duties from plants in Iowa and … Continue reading

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Support sought to overturn Supreme Court political funding decision

ROCK ISLAND — Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowed unprecedented amounts of corporate money into political campaigns, grassroots efforts to roll it back continue to gain momentum, according to a Wednesday night film and discussion. … Continue reading

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TEAMSTERS LOCAL 238 PROUD TO ENDORSE MONICA VERNON FOR CONGRESS IN IOWA’S FIRST DISTRICT

Vernon Campaign Receives Early Support from Local 238 CEDAR RAPIDS – Today, Teamsters Local 238 endorsed Monica Vernon for Congress in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Vernon is a Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tempore. Gary Dunham, President of … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 24 Krueger’s Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: “cool before serving” … Continue reading

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News from Iowa State Education Association Legislative forum

Saturday, January 24, 2015  10:30 a.m – noon Doors open at 10 a.m. Rogalski Center, Saint Ambrose University 518 West Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa Quad City state representatives and senators are invited to attend the forums which are free and open … Continue reading

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