Daily Archives: November 16, 2015

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

The first report by a self-proclaimed conservative think tank in Iowa is getting some attention today, and reviving dubious ideas about taxes. First, we applaud the recognition from Engage Iowa that our state’s various tax rates are not as high … Continue reading

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New Poll Gives Candidates Poor Grades on Creating Opportunities, Bright Future for Children

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Every Child Matters in Iowa Launches “Caucus for Kids” Initiative, Calls for Children’s Issues to be a High Priority Des Moines, Iowa – New data released today show that despite a strong sense among Iowa voters that our current generation … Continue reading

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Oscar Mayer kill floor operators recall ‘a dog’s work’ : Business

Sweating through shifts in the “Hog Hotel” was not too dirty, smelly or noisy for former Oscar Mayer employees Robert Pearl and Jerry Messer. They were there in the 1960s, when the five-story, 120,000-square-foot building towered over the rest of … Continue reading

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No Governor, Privatization Is Not Modernization

By Donald Cohen As America’s heartland prepares for another frigid winter, low-income families in Iowa are also bracing for a significant change. That’s because private companies are scheduled to take over management of the state’s Medicaid program the first of … Continue reading

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Trades organization puts locals to work

Whether construction projects are large like — the Iowa Fertilizer Co. plant near Wever, Silgan Containers plant in Burlington or the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison — or smaller projects, the Southeast Iowa Building and Construction Trades is on … Continue reading

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Kraft Heinz investment stirs debate about saved/lost jobs

Next year, Kraft Heinz will begin work on a new $200 million plant near Eldridge. But when the company moves from its longtime location in downtown Davenport, it guarantees taking only 475 workers with it. Possibly hundreds more will lose … Continue reading

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Iowa Medicaid Modernization Initiative – CMS Listening Sessions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have rescheduled the series of listening sessions regarding Iowa’s High Quality Health Care Initiative. The initiative proposes to move Iowa’s delivery of most Medicaid services to a managed care delivery system effective … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO and AFSCME File Amicus Brief in Friedrichs v CTA

 (Washington, DC, November 13, 2015) The AFL-CIO along with AFSMCE submitted the following brief in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending hearing of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.  The Friedrichs case, if decided wrongly, could limit the rights of … Continue reading

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Roberta S. Polzin

Des Moines Roberta S. Polzin, 73, was born June 2, 1942, in Orient, Iowa. She passed away on November 12, 2015. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 3424 Forest Ave., … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 16 A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pa., grants an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Co. forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the … Continue reading

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