Daily Archives: July 23, 2015

On big issues, Iowa leaders emerging locally

If state leaders won’t lead, local leaders in Iowa are showing they will take up the job. On three big issues in the last several months, we have seen this: •Des Moines Water Works is suing three counties in northern … Continue reading

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Wide Approval for Pope Francis’ Values of Community and Equality

  (Washington, DC – July 23, 2015) – Today Lake Research Partners released the results of a survey among religious and faith affiliated voters in advance of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S.  The survey reveals that the Pope’s … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Rejects Policies that Further Criminalize Immigrant Communities

    Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on House consideration of H.R.3009 the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act:   We should not allow shameless, anti-immigrant politicians to frame our nation’s policy debate. We reject this bill and any … Continue reading

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Deadline for local legislators to call for special session less than a week away

Which legislators will abandon bipartisan compromise to increase local school funding? Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As of Wednesday, July 22nd, 21 … Continue reading

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Johnson County Minimum Wage Debate

IOWA CITY, IOWA(CBS2/FOX28) — A Corridor county is getting on board the national minimum wage debate. The state of Iowa hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2008, but Johnson County may be raising theirs. The Board of Supervisors discussed the … Continue reading

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Accessible Iowa: Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25

Play Audio in Browser Window PHOTO: Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a number of events to celebrate the milestone is planned across Iowa this weekend. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabil … Continue reading

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Rise Together – Raise the Wage

Today we made exciting progress in our Fight for 15 when the Johnson County Board of Supervisors took a first step in a local minimum wage ordinance. While the current ordinance being debated raises the wage to $10.10 by January … Continue reading

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Gender Wage Gap in Iowa Smallest in Trades, Forestry

If you would have told Naomi Gallmeyer when she was a little girl that she’d grow up to be a plumber, she says she probably wouldn’t have believed you, but that’s exactly what happened. Today, she’s drilling the holes in … Continue reading

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Branstad’s correctional policies failing Iowans

In Iowa’s correctional system, Community Based Corrections play an important role in keeping the public safe and promoting successful rehabilitation. Community Based Corrections are an intermediate step that help offenders transition between a prison-based environment and returning to society. Although … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 24 The United Auto Workers and the Teamsters form the Alliance for Labor Action (ALA), later to be joined by several smaller unions. The ALA’s agenda included support of the civil rights movement and opposition to the war in … Continue reading

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Governor, ‘It’s not me, it’s you’

In response to Gov. Terry Branstad’s latest comments about how schools must use resources wisely, I’m reminded of a slogan I saw on a T-shirt: “It’s not me, it’s you.” The governor’s comments in this article seem to be a … Continue reading

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