Daily Archives: March 16, 2015

URGENT ACTION ALERT: IOWA HOUSE REPUBLICANS ATTACK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

Today, Iowa House Republicans unveiled a new attack on collective bargaining and public employees. Their amendment (H1093) would basically do away with binding arbitration for ALL public employees. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TO MAKE SURE OUR LEGISLATORS HEAR OUR … Continue reading

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Wish List Q-C facilitates sink repair

For a dozen years, Richard VanSpybrook washed his dishes in the bathtub. When he bought his house in Rock Island in 2002, the kitchen sink was slow to drain. He saved his money and hired a company to attempt to … Continue reading

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Our kids are our investment

A couple times a year community groups sponsor a public forum where local legislators from the Iowa House and Iowa Senate meet with their constituents to discuss issues and pending legislation. This Saturday’s forum was one of the best attended … Continue reading

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Start with ‘zero’ on credits

It was​ fascinating Tuesday to see Iowa lawmakers talking about zero-based budgeting — starting every budget from scratch — when they have refused to do the same with tax credits. Spending on tax credits — including millions to companies that … Continue reading

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Beyond politics: Teacher pay in context

Funding for Iowa schools has been under discussion for nearly the entire legislative session. The Iowa House has one version of a funding bill and the Iowa Senate has one with a higher funding level. Schools use their money for … Continue reading

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Iowa’s problem of priorities

Iowa’s problem of priorities Costly property tax break for business hurts education and services for Iowa families The drive to cut taxes, no matter the cost to critical services in Iowa, is showing results. The commercial property tax cut enacted … Continue reading

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Please join us this coming Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 pm for our monthly delegates meeting.

Iowa City Federation of Labor This month’s agenda includes planning for upcoming events on the Community ID and Raise the Wage campaigns as well as a short presentation from Jamie Kearney, Guest Speaker Jamie Kearney is an Iowa City paralegal, … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON ARBITRATOR’S DECISION ON STATE MASTER CONTRACT AND JUDICIAL BRANCH CONTRACT

AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON ARBITRATOR’S DECISION ON STATE MASTER CONTRACT AND JUDICIAL BRANCH CONTRACT Award is fair for state employees and all Iowans   DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 16 The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is formed in New York to represent New York City public school teachers and, later, other education workers in the city – 1960 March 17 The leadership of the American Federation of … Continue reading

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