Daily Archives: May 5, 2015

Bullies on the Hill

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It is hard to believe, but bipartisan efforts to get serious about bullying are stalled in the Iowa Legislature. When will Iowans finally say we won’t take this anymore?  When will we agree we will do anything and everything to … Continue reading

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Don’t sell Clinton workers short

I am a life-long resident of Clinton. I also work for the City of Clinton in the Public Works Department’s streets division. When I started Dec. 6, 1976, we had 33 employees, including nine sanitation workers. That left 24 workers … Continue reading

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Legislators, union leaders meet with Iowa Economic Development Authority director

DES MOINES – About eight Iowa senators, Iowa Economic Development  Authority Director Debi Durham and a dozen labor union leaders met Monday afternoon in Des Moines to discuss Iowa Fertilizer Company’s hiring practices. Approximately 1,500 skilled tradesmen were laid off a … Continue reading

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Tufts students begin hunger strike to stop janitor cuts

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Somerville, MA – May 3, 2015 ­ Today, at least four Tufts University students began an indefinite hunger strike, continuing until the Tufts administration agrees to stop plans to cut 17% (1) of its janitorial workforce. Student supporters have set … Continue reading

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The worst Iowa economic development deal ever just got “worser”

Comments by Senator Joe Bolkcom made on the Senate floor, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Video is available at: http://youtu.be/5_DlBtDdtDc   I want to thank Senator Courtney and Senator Taylor for organizing a meeting with Director Durham to discuss the layoffs … Continue reading

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Reject Illinois Governor Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda

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Dear Brothers and Sisters: As you are aware, Governor Rauner continues to attempt to push his anti-working family resolution through city council and county boards across the State of Illinois. In an amazing show of unity and solidarity, workers all … Continue reading

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Working Families Summit Agenda

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Raising Wages * Protecting Civil Rights * Making Work, Family Friendly May 16, 2015 9 am – Registration – first floor Music – Ed Osenbaugh and Phil Dean 10 am – Invocation – Representative Ako Abdul-Samad Welcome – Misty Rebik, … Continue reading

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Transparency & accountability in state government

We must ensure that hush money, secret settlements and political cronyism are not part of Iowa’s state government. Last year, Iowans learned that departments in Governor Branstad’s administration used taxpayer dollars to make hush-money payments to fired state employees. An … Continue reading

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