Monthly Archives: August 2015

Editorial: Feds should stop Medicaid privatization

About 550,000 low-income Iowans rely on Medicaid health insurance. The program, administered by the state, has low administrative costs. It has held down spending by reimbursing providers modestly, reducing fraud and giving seniors alternatives to expensive nursing homes. Medicaid in … Continue reading

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The Yes Men pose as members of the Iowa Regents’ efficiency review committee

The Yes Men delivered a satirical speech today at the Iowa City Public Library wherein they posed as representatives of the Iowa Regents, as well as the private consulting firm that is doing the University of Iowa’s “efficiency review” (called … Continue reading

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Ongoing Fight for Construction Worker Safety

Local residents are gathering tonight to remember construction workers killed each year because of poor safety procedures. The Quad Cities Coalition for Worker Justice will hold a prayer vigil in Rock Island, to support employees of Hy-Brand Industrial Contracts. Spokesman … Continue reading

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UI may not be subject to county minimum wage ordinance

As Johnson County officials move forward with a minimum wage ordinance, it is unclear whether the largest employer in the county — the University of Iowa — would be subject to the policy. “Because we are a state agency, university … Continue reading

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Levitt Lecture with NPR Correspondent Nina Totenberg.

Wednesday, September 9, 5:00 pm   Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, Iowa City   The Public Policy Center is proud to co-sponsor the Fall 2015 Law Levitt Lecture with NPR Correspondent Nina Totenberg.   Totenberg is an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National … Continue reading

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Help AFGE get TSA officers rights

TSA’s Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are responsible for screening passengers and bags at our nation’s airports. They perform their duties with professionalism and dedication, but, compared to nearly every other federal employee, TSOs are compensated on a lesser pay scale … Continue reading

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1,000 Rubber Duckies for Gov. Branstad

Gov. Terry Branstad is now the owner of 1,000 rubber ducks. The liberal advocacy group Progress Iowa gave Branstad the bath toys to protest his vetoing of one-time education funding and the closing two mental health institutions. At the same … Continue reading

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Deere, UAW begin talks on contract covering 10,000 workers

Deere & Co. and the United Auto Workers have started negotiations on a new master labor agreement that covers about 10,000 manufacturing workers at 12 facilities, including plants in five Iowa cities. The Moline, Ill.,-based farm and construction equipment manufacturer said Tuesday the … Continue reading

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The 24th Annual East Central Iowa – Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet is set for Friday October 23rd.

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The purpose of this event is to honor those in the Labor Movement who have most faithfully embodied the spirit of solidarity and given their working years to the cause of justice at the workplace and gone above and beyond … Continue reading

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Medicaid Shift “a train wreck waiting to happen”

Des Moines, Iowa – The state is moving relatively quietly toward one of the most massive shifts in government in memory, turning the massive Medicaid program over to private health care providers. Gov. Terry Branstad and other backers of the … Continue reading

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Iowa Labor Endorsements for current elections

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Endorsements to-date South Central Iowa Federation of Labor Ames School Board • Lewis Rosser Des Moines Public School Board • Royce Turner- AT LARGE • Heather Anderson- District 1 • Edgar Ortiz-District 2 • Natasha Newcomb-District 3 I35 School Board … Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids Talks Stall as Ingredion Continues Consession Demands

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After two days of meetings, contract negotiations between Ingredion Inc. and representatives of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 100G have been suspended until early September. The collective bargaining agreement covering approximately 160 union members at the … Continue reading

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Small-business owner supports minimum wage hike

Ever since I stood up at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting and said “I’m a small-business owner who favors raising the minimum wage,” I’ve been getting a lot of feedback — on social networks, on the street, and in my restaurant. A lot … Continue reading

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August 26 Fannie Sellins and Joseph Starzeleski are murdered by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pa. Sellins was a United Mine Workers of America organizer and Starzeleski was a miner – 1919 (Sixteen Tons carries the … Continue reading

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Make It Work campaign spreads word about gender pay gap

Lemonade was on hand Saturday for fairgoers to not only quench their thirst, but to learn about the gender pay gap in America. The Make It Work campaign set up shop west of the fairgrounds on East Walnut Street and … Continue reading

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THINGS OF DRY HOURS

Please plan to come to the Twin Cities to see “Things of Dry Hours” and visit the East Side Freedom Library while you’re at it.   PM THURS, FRI, SAT AND 2:00 PM SUNDAYS (POST-SHOW DISCUSSION FOLLOWING ALL SUNDAY MATINEES … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Strong month carries caution

Sharp rise in July nonfarm jobs, jobless rate up to 3.8 percent IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs rose by 8,100 in July following a downward revision for June, as the state unemployment rate rose to 3.8 percent, according … Continue reading

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Senator calls on new Secretary of State to reject new voter suppression efforts

Action needed in light of disappointing decision by federal agency  DES MOINES — A key state senator today called on Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate to formally pledge not to use federal funds for any future voter purge effort … Continue reading

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Shell businesses

RESHONDA YOUNG WATERLOO — As a small business owner, I know my reputation is associated with both the quality of the products and services I provide and the way I do business. My customers know who I am and that … Continue reading

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Worker Wins Update: Union Support and Union Numbers on the Rise

WASHINGTON, DC – Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.   More Americans are Backing Worker Efforts to Speak Out: According to a new Gallup poll released last … Continue reading

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