Daily Archives: February 9, 2015

Iowa: Once a Leader, Now a Laggard on Minimum Wage

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Iowa’s minimum wage has fallen behind.  Iowa’s minimum wage last rose to $7.25 on January 1, 2008, the second step of an increase passed in 2007. The federal minimum wage finally reached $7.25 in late July 2009.  At … Continue reading

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Let’s compare Northern Tools Core Values to ours!!

Know your Customer – Their customers will be Quad Cities residents, Businesses, Contractors, and Tradesmen & Women. The Same People they have Refused Opportunity To. Provide Value – Not Much Value in Bid Shopping, requiring Local Businesses to bid the … Continue reading

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Save Social Security

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This Wednesday, the Senate Budget committee will hold its first hearing on Social Security benefits. This hearing marks the starting point in the Republican plan to cut our earned benefits. We’ve seen the signs brewing–The GOP-controlled House of Representatives changed … Continue reading

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Injustice on Our Plates

Dear Friends,   I am excited to announce that registration is now open for Injustice on Our Plates: How Conditions of Food Workers Affect us All, a one-day conference for civil rights, labor, faith, university, and community members on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Underfunding Iowa’s schools will have catastrophic, long lasting effects

Gov. Terry Branstad and the House are using the school calendar start date issue as a smoke screen to slide through a funding proposal that fails to provide 80 percent of Iowa’s schools with adequate funding to pay the bills. … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 09 Wobbly activist Tom Mooney convicted in bombing frame-up orchestrated by Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was pardoned and released 22 years later – 1917 Congress approves legislation allowing for a total of $940 million to be used for Depression-era … Continue reading

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