Monthly Archives: March 2015

School start date dilemma resolved for Iowa districts

Iowa schools will be able to start fall classes as early as Monday, August 24 this year. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal this morning withdrew his hold on a bill that will set August 23 as the earliest date schools … Continue reading

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Al Gore Brings Climate Training To Cedar Rapids May 5 To 7

Former Vice President Al Gore is bringing a Climate Reality Project training to Cedar Rapids on May 5 to 7.  This is one of only four international trainings that Vice President Gore is organizing this year, with one already held … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Indiana’s Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Law

March 31, 2015   Indiana’s passage of the so-called “Religious Freedom” law is deeply disappointing and troubling. No one should have a government-backed right to deny services to any targeted group, especially under the guise of religion.  And in another … Continue reading

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Gronstal: Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise (SF 227) to the Governor’s desk http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/?p=20162   “When it comes to the school start date, Governor Branstad singlehandedly created a significant problem for … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 01 Many believe that Cincinnati on this day became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary. Others say no, it was Boston, back in 1678, exact date unknown – 1853 United Mine Workers of America … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress joint statement on promoting trade deals that work for people over profits

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), support and welcome trade and economic policies that create good, family-wage jobs, strengthen protection for internationally-recognized labor rights (including freedom of association and … Continue reading

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Sunlight on Democracy Rally!

Organized by Progressive Action for the Common Good Federal Building at 131 E 4th St in Davenport Thursday, April 2nd 5:30pm President Obama is currently contemplating issuing an Executive Order requiring the disclosure of campaign contributions for federal contractors. This … Continue reading

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IMPORTANT ACTION ALERT ON MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTES BILL:

Senate File 402 is legislation that would require Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institutes be kept open through the rest of the fiscal year and would require legislative approval of any closure after the end of the fiscal year. … Continue reading

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Raise the Wage Actions around Iowa – March 31

Raise the Wage Iowa to Hold Statewide Day of Action on Tuesday, March 31st Events will target the ‘Terrible Trio’ of Iowa House Leadership Blocking a Minimum Wage Increase Des Moines, IA — Raise the Wage Iowa, a coalition of … Continue reading

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American Legion of Iowa Foundation grant applications

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is accepting grant applications to help purchase materials for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, medical and/or scientific research, literary endeavors involving subjects of interest to veterans, and programs or projects that enhance the policies … Continue reading

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School funding delay threatens student achievement

State funding for our local schools remains undecided, even after a fourth meeting this week of the special legislative committee charged with finding a compromise between the House and the Senate. At the most recent meeting, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen … Continue reading

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Governor’s plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans

Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans. They are some of the most vulnerable people in our state, including … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: A bump on the slow path to recovery February payroll jobs dip slightly — as does jobless rate, to 4.1 percent

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs dipped slightly in February as the unemployment rate also fell from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The … Continue reading

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IFL Hall of Fame Deadline Near

Dear Labor Leader, Each year we honor retired union leaders, living or deceased, by inducting up to three of them into the Labor Hall of Fame. This award is presented to men and women within the labor movement whose efforts … Continue reading

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Union organizers question wages at McKesson warehouse

Two Teamsters union organizers questioned Friday whether drug distributor McKesson Corp. would pay fair wages at a new warehouse in northern Iowa. “We as a local (union) and your brothers and sisters in Minnesota are concerned about the jobs being … Continue reading

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AFSCME Legislative Update

Mental Health Institutes Bill Needs Your Help! Senate File 402 is legislation that would require Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institutes be kept open through the rest of the fiscal year and would require legislative approval of any closure … Continue reading

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ARA Update

Budget Vote-O-Rama Forces Senators to Take a Stance on Retirement Security, Minimum Wage Members of the U.S. Senate voted on dozens of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget on Wednesday. This marathon “Vote-O-Rama” session forced many Senators, including 2016 … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 30 Chicago stockyard workers win 8-hour day – 1918 At the height of the Great Depression, 35,000 unemployed march in New York’s Union Square. Police beat many demonstrators, injuring 100 – 1930 The federal Coal Mine Health and Safety … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Leader Harry Reid’s Retirement Announcement

March 27, 2015 Senator Reid has been a leader in title, but more importantly in practice. The lives of working people in Nevada and across the country are better because of his achievements in a long and illustrious career in … Continue reading

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Putting a Face on Immigration

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It could be easy for us here in Iowa to dismiss the need for immigration reform, and delegate debate of the issue to our country’s border states. But as we’ve been reminded in heartbreaking fashion recently, our defective immigration system … Continue reading

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