Daily Archives: March 31, 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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