Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

Slow-growth start to 2015 January payroll jobs show slight increase as jobless rate dips to 4.2 percent

IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 17, 2015) — Iowa nonfarm jobs rose in January as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent to 4.2 percent. The official report from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes annual … Continue reading

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Medicare Privatization Among Dangerous Cuts in House Republicans’ 2016 Budget Proposal

March 17, 2015   In response to the House Republicans’ 2016 budget proposal, AFL-CIO Communications Director Eric Hauser released the following statement:   “The deep cuts in this proposal – which start with privatizing Medicare – add to the already … Continue reading

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Come to Iowa Capitol TODAY! Support Collective Bargaining!

We have just learned that March 17, HF549, a bill that was originally designed to attack teacher bargaining now has an amendment filed (H-1093) that would open up the bill to affect all public employee collective bargaining.  We have also just … Continue reading

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Espey: Iowa needs a $15/hour minimum wage

About three weeks ago, Democrats in the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 269, a bill that would raise the current minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75/hour by 2016. Democratic leaders settled on $8.75 — rather than something higher and more … Continue reading

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Supporters rally for Davenport schools superintendent

Horns blared, drivers waved and supporters of Davenport schools Superintendent Art Tate waved their signs. A group of supporters, including students, parents and community leaders, stood in front of the Davenport Community Schools Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady St., at … Continue reading

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Unfair trade policies kill jobs

Fifteen years ago, there were more than 250,000 manufacturing jobs in Iowa, which still pay a significant wage premium for middle-skill workers without a college degree. Today, the number of manufacturing jobs here is closer to 214,000, and there are … Continue reading

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‘March with Max’s Family’ seeks to raise deportation awareness

Youth leaders will speak out on behalf of Max Villatoro — an Iowa pastor and father of four whose deportation to Honduras has been scheduled for Tuesday — in downtown Iowa City on Tuesday afternoon. Misty Rebik, executive director of … Continue reading

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Federal investigation confirms allegations against Branstad agency

  Link to Federal Documents: http://bit.ly/1El1wO8 Link to this release: http://bit.ly/1O13zyZ   Department of Labor requires Workforce Development’s response within 30 days   Statement by Senator Bill Dotzler of Waterloo     On March 19, 2014, I wrote Gay Gilbert, … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 18 Six laborers in Dorset, England—the “Tolpuddle Martyrs”—are banished to the Australian penal colony for seven years for forming a union, the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. Some 800,000 residents of the United Kingdom signed petitions calling for their … Continue reading

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