Daily Archives: April 27, 2015

PINK OUT

Care to join us for a “pink out” this Thursday, April 30 in support of public education?  See attached and help us spread the word and wear pink on Thursday, April 30 #PinkApril30

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Workers Memorial Day

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On Workers Memorial Day we commemorate all those who have perished on the job. No worker should be exposed to fatal injuries and illnesses at work, yet every day 150 men and women die from a work injury or occupational … Continue reading

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Mayor de Blasio to Iowans: If candidates don’t address income inequality, “walk on by”​

Des Moines, Iowa – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spent all of last Thursday warning Iowans of the dangers of income inequality. He spoke first to Drake University students, then to a crowd at the Progress Iowa event at … Continue reading

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OUR OPINION: The arrogance of power – a case study in Iowa education

Des Moines, Iowa – It’s only a couple of weeks until the mortar boards fly at graduation ceremonies across the state, but nobody at the statehouse deserves a tassel for education policy this spring. Iowa’s education system hangs in the balance … Continue reading

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Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate … Continue reading

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Economic development budget is good for Iowa workers

Senate Study Bill 1281 contains an Economic Development Budget that will expand Iowa’s middle class and move our economy forward. The state’s Economic Development Budget funds Small Business Development Centers, research and economic development at our state universities, arts, cultural … Continue reading

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Clark: We need safe jobs at a fair wage

Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which created regulations to try to guarantee every worker the right to work in a safe workplace. Since then, unions and many good upstanding employers have worked to … Continue reading

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Ensuring college students can afford the education they need

We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs. Almost half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in Iowa come from our private colleges and universities. Iowa Tuition Grants help them pay … Continue reading

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AFSCME Legislative Update: April 24, 2015

 Budget Update Iowa Senate Democrats and Iowa House Republicans have each released their budget targets. Iowa Senate Democrats proposed spending $7.341 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. This number is the same as the Governor’s budget; however, funds are allocated … Continue reading

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Budgeting in the dark

April 15 is more than Tax Day. It’s also Budget Day, the date by which Iowa school districts are required to certify and adopt their budget for the year starting July 1. And that’s important, because Iowa schools consider themselves … Continue reading

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Owen: School funding overdue as political games linger

By Mike Owen, Executive Director IPP PDF — as published in the April 18, 2015, Iowa City Press-Citizen School districts across Iowa certified budgets last week without knowing how much they would have to spend. Contracts are being negotiated and … Continue reading

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Here is your April 24th Friday Alert: ARA

Senate Finance Committee Approves “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority Bill The Senate Finance Committee voted 20-6 on Wednesday to approve the Trade Promotion Authority Bill (“fast track”) that would allow the President greater powers to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP). … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 27 First strike for 10-hour day, by Boston carpenters – 1825 James Oppenheim’s poem “Bread and Roses” published in IWW newspaper Industrial Solidarity – 1911 (Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology: Originally published in 1964 and long out of print, … Continue reading

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