Daily Archives: July 13, 2015

Trumka: AFL-CIO is Listening Closely to All Candidates

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka following Secretary Hillary Clinton’s economic speech: Candidates are beginning to come forward with their economic vision. While there are some encouraging signs, America needs more than a vision. We need a candidate with the … Continue reading

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Tell HY-BRAND: STOP IGNORING SAFETY

Workers at Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors in Muscatine, IA, are on strike, calling for change in the dangerously unsafe working conditions and harshly abusive treatment they experience at work every day.   Meanwhile, company managers continue to refuse requests from workers, … Continue reading

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Today – last day for IFL Convention Hotel Reservations

The Iowa Federation of Labor Convention will be August 5 – 7 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Today  – July 13 is the last day for the special rates at the Hotel. call: 515-957-3000 or 800-325-9015 On line www.prairiemeadows.com Use … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 PRESIDENT DANNY HOMAN AND 20 LEGISLATORS FILE SUIT REGARDING GOVERNOR BRANSTAD’S ILLEGAL CLOSURES OF MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTES

DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan and 20 legislators have filed suit in the Iowa District Court for Polk County regarding Governor Branstad’s illegal closure of the Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute and Clarinda Mental Health Institute. … Continue reading

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Special session sought to restore education, mental health care compromises

Decisions by individual legislators will determine fate of Governor’s vetoes   (http://bit.ly/2015-special-session)   (Des Moines) Iowa’s State Senators are being formally asked to support an effort to restore several key compromises made during the 2015 session which benefited education and … Continue reading

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25 and Counting: Iowa Superintendents Criticize Branstad K-12 Veto

    Key Question: How Can Governor Defend K-12 Veto When So Many Superintendents Speaking Out Against It?    DES MOINES – In the wake of Governor Branstad’s decision to ignore Iowans and veto more than $55 million in K-12 … Continue reading

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How much is a veto override worth to each Iowa school?

The Iowa Legislature, which approved this funding, can reverse Governor Branstad’s veto.  Urge your legislator to join the call for a special session.  To find out who represents you and how to contact them, go here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators To sign the … Continue reading

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Veto of MHI funding hurts vulnerable Iowans

As part of ongoing efforts to improve mental health services, we voted this year to make it easier for Iowans to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment closer to home. This included a bipartisan plan to keep all four … Continue reading

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Ongoing mistake in ‘one-time’ rhetoric

Having it both ways … while students, schools have neither Iowans have often heard the refrain from some of their leaders — particularly Governor Branstad: Don’t spend one-time revenue on ongoing expenses. The refrain is not always right, as Iowa … Continue reading

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Editorial: Education takes backseat

In 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad made the importance of education crystal clear when outlining his plan for transforming Iowa’s education system. “Young people today must meet higher expectations than ever to succeed in this global economy,” Branstad said. “For the … Continue reading

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Expert: Iowa can start conversation on inequality of opportunity

Robert Putnam, the best-selling author and public intellectual who has written extensively on the corrosion of community in American life, has a plan for starting a national dialogue on the country’s growing inequality of opportunity. In addition to speaking directly … Continue reading

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Editorial: Branstad’s ‘one-time money’ argument fails test — and schools

Since vetoing nearly $56 million in state aid to public schools, Gov. Terry Branstad has repeatedly insisted that the Legislature’s one-time appropriation violates his budgeting principles. He may be right about the principle, but it doesn’t apply in this case. … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 13 Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union organized in Tyronza, Ark. – 1934 Detroit newspaper workers begin 19-month strike against Gannett, Knight-Ridder. The strike was to become a lockout, which lasted four years more – 1995 July 14 The Great Uprising … Continue reading

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