Daily Archives: April 23, 2015

Wages are 3.1 Percent Lower in “Right to Work” States

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Annual wages in RTW states are $1558 lower for a typical full-time worker April 22, 2015 Wages are 3.1 percent lower in so-called “right to work” (RTW) states, for union and nonunion workers alike—after correctly accounting for differences in cost … Continue reading

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Worker’s Memorial Day Events around Iowa

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Worker’s Memorial Day Events around Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Safe Jobs save lives, keep the promise alive Cedar Rapids: April 28, 5:30 pm. IBEW Local 405 Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW. Speakers: Kelly Steinke, President of Hawkeye Labor Council; … Continue reading

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Iowa State Education Association delivers more than 2,000 messages to the Capitol

Education groups hold “off-site” lobby day to demonstrate public support for increased education funding DES MOINES, IA (04/22/2015)(readMedia)– The Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) delivered more than 2,000 email messages today to Governor Branstad and House Republican Leaders from educators, … Continue reading

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School budget fight spills over to community colleges

While lawmakers remain stalemated on funding for public school districts, an increase in funding for community colleges also remains in limbo in the Iowa Legislature. Support for prekindergarten through 12th-grade school systems is the biggest chunk of the state budget, … Continue reading

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MHI workers dispute the ‘antiquated’ label attached to the facilities

Four employees at the state-run Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant testified before the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee Wednesday, disputing the governor’s assertion that their facilities are antiquated. Sue Rehwaldt-Hays is an occupational therapist who has worked at … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 24 The Int’l Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist who many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American – 1999 An eight-story building … Continue reading

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