Daily Archives: October 20, 2015

Chris Schwartz wins Union Council endorsement

WATERLOO | The Black Hawk Union Council has endorsed Chris Schwartz in his bid for a City Council seat. Schwartz, one of four candidates for Waterloo’s Ward 4 seat up for election Nov. 3, is the only Cedar Valley municipal … Continue reading

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Vilsack to speak at labor hall of fame event

DAVENPORT — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the 24th annual AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet. The event is hosted by the Quad City Federation of Labor and starts at … Continue reading

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Understanding the impact of the minimum wage Who would be affected by the Johnson County raise to $10.10?

Understanding the impact of the minimum wage Who would be affected by the Johnson County raise to $10.10? At least 10,000 low-wage workers stand to get a pay raise by the time the Johnson County minimum wage is increased to … Continue reading

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When ‘clarifying’ means ‘rewriting’

Move to expand sales-tax break carries big fiscal and governance implications Unable to sell a new tax break for manufacturers in the legislative process, the Branstad administration is attempting to do so with an administrative rule. This break is worth … Continue reading

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Campus, Community Members to Protest Iowa Board of Regents Meeting

Campus and community members will gather this week to rally behind demands for the Iowa Board of Regents to resign or be removed. A newly formed group of students, alumni, faculty, staff, unions, and community members called Iowans Defending Our … Continue reading

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Quaker Oats union ready for labor talks

The relationship between Quaker Oats/PepsiCo and the union that represents 698 of 700 employees at the company’s plant in Cedar Rapids is viewed as a positive for negotiations on a new four-year contract. Members of Retail, Wholesale & Department Store … Continue reading

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Senate Oversight Chair Hogg asks Governor to detail facts behind claimed savings due to Medicaid privatization

State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, chair of the Senate Oversight Committee, has requested that Governor Branstad provide for any facts which support the Governor’s claims that privatizing Iowa’s Medicaid program will save money without hurting services.  The text … Continue reading

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8 things to know about Iowa school funding

 Mackenzie Ryan, mryan@dmreg.com6:28 a.m. CDT October 19, 2015 = Des Moines Register Here are eight things to know about the next Iowa school funding debate. 1. Counting to 10: Democrats and some Republicans. They’re still pretty steamed over a late-summer … Continue reading

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Iowa schools: Are they better or worse off?

 Mackenzie Ryan, mryan@dmreg.com6:31 a.m. CDT October 19, 2015 =- Des Moines register How do Iowa students today compare with those 20 years ago? The Des Moines Register took a look, comparing school funding, academics and student demographics. Academics Fourth-grade reading  1992: Fourth in … Continue reading

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Helping Iowans prevent overdose deaths

The recent autopsy results for Iowan and former New York Giant Tyler Sash shines a prominent light on the rise in fatalities caused by opiate overdose. According to a recent report from the Trust for America’s Health, prescription drug and … Continue reading

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Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund Launched

The Seafarers International Union has launched the Seafarers El Faro Assistance Fund to help with the unanticipated financial hardships of the families of mariners who perished when the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 19 The National Association of Letter Carriers achieves equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked – 1949 The J.P. … Continue reading

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Thanks for writing a letter. Now, can you spread the word to keep up our momentum?

Click here to share this letter campaign on Facebook. Click here to share this letter campaign on Twitter. Or you can send your friends this link: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/medicaid-outsourcing-cms-officials?source=direct_link&referrer=lance-coles Or copy and paste the email below. Thanks! Brian Jennings Copy and paste … Continue reading

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