Monthly Archives: March 2015

NUHAWK Fundraiser

March 28: NUHAWK Poker Fundraiser. Sheet Metal Workers Local, 263 Training Center, 500  66th Ave. SW, Suite 3, Cedar Rapids, IA. Doors open at 6 pm.

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League of Women Voters to sponsor forum

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will sponsor a Legislative Forum from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Iowa City Council Chambers, Emma Harvat Hall. Senators Joe Bolkcom, Robert Dvorsky and Kevin Kinney, and Representatives Sally Stutsman, … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 28 Members of Gas House Workers’ Union Local 18799 begin what is to become a 4-month recognition strike against the Laclede Gas Light Co. in St. Louis. The union later said the strike was the first ever against a … Continue reading

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Reich to headline Working Families Summit in Ames

Reich to headline Working Families Summit in Ames Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will keynote a Working Families Summit scheduled for May 16 in Ames. National labor leaders also will speak, including Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers … Continue reading

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Black Unemployment Is Still Higher Than Pre-recession Levels in 28 States

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In Projected Decline in Unemployment in 2015 Won’t Lift Blacks Out of the Recession-carved Crater, EPI economist Valerie Wilson finds that black unemployment levels remain higher than pre-recession levels in 28 states, even as unemployment rates for whites, Hispanics, and … Continue reading

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State’s moves hint at the loss of historical records

Eleven years after Iowa became a state in 1846 the State Historical Society of Iowa was established in Iowa City. In the ensuing 158 years the society has amassed an impressive collection of print, audiovisual materials and artifacts that document … Continue reading

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The Register’s Editorial: Bill begins to address payroll card abuses

Patrick Stall earns a living driving a taxi in Des Moines. He pays a flat fee to the cab company for dispatch and car rental. When customers pay fares in cash, he can keep the money. When they use credit … Continue reading

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Congressional Update from the AFL-CIO

March 26th, 2015 Washington, D.C. Republicans began the 114th Congress with their biggest House majority since 1929 (247-188), but they are still six votes short of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (54-46). This lineup almost guarantees another two years … Continue reading

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School funding: Why Democrats stick with 4 percent

Sen. Mike Gronstal, guest columnist March 24, 2015 | 3:08 pm You’ve got to wonder what other states think of the debate Iowa is having over local school funding. Davenport’s school superintendent, Dr. Art Tate, recently announced his plans to … Continue reading

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Johnson County hopes to have community IDs available by July

Johnson County officials hope to to have the Community ID program up and running, with identification cards printed and available to residents, by July 4. During a Wednesday work session, County Auditor Travis Weipert and members of the county’s Community … Continue reading

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Parents, students rally for more school funding at Capitol

“Invest in our future,” said a sign, held by an elementary student Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda. “Invest in me,” said a second. “Please!” read a third. Amid the ongoing, gridlocked debate over school funding, students and parents from Des … Continue reading

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Lawmakers hurt teachers, school funding

Two years ago, the Legislature and governor gave massive tax breaks to business, and now they claim that there is a budget funding problem for this year. How is it that at a morning committee the Republicans said there was … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 27 Mother Jones is ordered to leave Colorado, where state authorities accuse her of “stirring up” striking coal miners – 1904 U.S. Supreme Court rules that undocumented workers do not have the same rights as Americans when they are … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on the “Lead on Leave” Road Show

March 25, 2015   In response to Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plans to travel to several states to promote paid leave polices, AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler released the following statement:   “The AFL-CIO is encouraged … Continue reading

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More Millions for Millionaires

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By Iowa Fiscal Partnership 3/25/15 IFP POLICY BRIEF / Flat-Tax Option Showers Benefits at High Incomes — Services Face New Cuts 2-page PDF By Peter S. Fisher Tax legislation pending in the Iowa House would shower most benefits on higher … Continue reading

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Protect Public Postal Service, Stop Using Staples

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I am writing to you today with a request to stop purchasing your school’s supplies from Staples. I also encourage you to contact your friends and colleagues on your district school boards and urge them to also stop using Staples … Continue reading

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School Bus Routes Saved!

After hearing comments from a packed room of over 200 people, the Iowa City Community School District voted tonight to NOT end discretionary bus routes in the District. The District’s Administration had originally made a recommendation to eliminate discretionary routes … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 26 San Francisco brewery workers begin a 9-month strike as local employers follow the union-busting lead of the National Brewer’s Association and fire their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along, kept producing … Continue reading

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Iowa activists challenge Democratic candidates to be ‘bold’

Dozens of liberal and Democratic activists from around Iowa have signed onto a statement challenging the party’s presidential candidates to embrace “big, bold, economic populist ideas” in 2016. Among the Iowa signatories on the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s “Ready for … Continue reading

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Stuff the Bus Book Drive

We are collecting new and gently used children’s books with a focus on birth to age 8. The books will be distributed United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection supported centers. According to early literacy research, within the U.S., … Continue reading

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