Monthly Archives: February 2016

ESCAPES IN NEWTON DEMONSTRATE CRITICALLY LOW CORRECTIONAL STAFFING LEVELS

DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the escape of two inmates from the Correctional Release Center at Newton Correctional Facility: “The escape of these two inmates from the Correctional Release Center at … Continue reading

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Our Children Our Future

The Conference Committee on school funding (SF 174 and SF 175) appears stalled with the Senate at 4% and the House at 2%, despite initial hopes of achieving a speedy decision setting the State Cost per Pupil for July 1, … Continue reading

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Twenty-Nine Days to Celebrate Black History Isn’t Enough

Black History Month is meant to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in the United States. While we have made huge strides toward overcoming the barriers that have set us back—we have not fully overcome the damages that centuries of … Continue reading

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Obstruct, Obstruct, Obstruct Is Iowa House GOP’s Plan – Iowa Starting Line

Guest Post By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith It’s no surprise that obstruction is the new buzzword for Washington, D.C. With Justice Scalia’s death and our own Senator Charles Grassley in the center of the storm, I suspect we’ll be … Continue reading

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Labor History

March 01 The Granite Cutters National Union begins what is to be a successful nationwide strike for the 8-hour day. Also won: union recognition, wage increases, a grievance procedure and a minimum wage scale – 1900 Joseph Curran is born … Continue reading

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Here is your February 26th, 2016 ARA Friday Alert:

Here is your February 26th, 2016 Friday Alert: Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady Describes How He’d Cut Social Security Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, spoke about his plans to cut Social Security on … Continue reading

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Workers Will Keep Thousands in Extra Unemployment Checks

After a vigorous debate, a state board today voted not to try to recover nearly half-a-million dollars in unemployment benefits that mistakenly went out to workers two years ago because of a technical malfunction at Iowa Workforce Development The former … Continue reading

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Trade Deals Like the TPP Are Murdering American Manufacturing

In the week before Valentine’s Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, … Continue reading

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Iowa Poll: Most want increase in state’s minimum wage

Roughly seven in 10 Iowans favor an increase in the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to results of the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. But the 69 percent of poll respondents who want the Iowa Legislature to bump up … Continue reading

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Women’s prison fight raises safety concerns for staff

MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa —After four corrections officers were injured Tuesday during a fight at the women’s prison dining hall in Mitchellville, some union leaders are calling for increased safety measures for prison staff. WATCH VIDEO HERE.  “It’s just a matter of … Continue reading

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Carbon monoxide detectors can save lives

Breathing high levels of carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness and even death. Every year in the U.S., more than 500 people die from exposure to this odorless, colorless toxic gas. Detection relies on carbon monoxide alarms, which the … Continue reading

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Legislative Forums

Dear Brothers and Sisters, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 strongly encourages our members to attend legislative forums held by all legislators. By visiting this webpage, you can view links to lists of legislative forums created by the party caucuses in the Iowa … Continue reading

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Call Grassley – This is What obstruction looks like!

        Click Here to sign petition Tell Senator Chuck Grassley that playing political games with the Constitution doesn’t represent Iowa values. Call him at: 202-224-3744

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Labor History

February 27 Legendary labor leader and socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs becomes charter member and secretary of the Vigo Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Five years later he is leading the national union and in 1893 helps found the … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2015-2016 LIFT Fund Grantees

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   We are excited to share with you the grants awarded for the 2015-2016 LIFT Fund grant cycle. The LIFT Fund received a total of 66 LOI’s reflecting amazing joint work you all are doing alongside … Continue reading

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WARDEN PATTI WACHTENDORF NEEDS TO START TAKING SAFETY SERIOUSLY

DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the security situation at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville: “On Tuesday, an inmate attacked a member of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women … Continue reading

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Corporate spending must be limited in campaigns

This week, we took the first step to call for a Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit or prohibit corporate spending for political speech, when the Senate Rules & Administration Committee approved SJR 1. The 2010 U.S. Supreme … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 25 Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America change name to Amalgamated Transit Union – 1965 The Order of Railroad Telegraphers change name to Transportation-Communication Employees Union – 1965 A crowd estimated to be 100,000 strong … Continue reading

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*Obama is the president until Jan. 20, 2017

Is there anything more annoying than an asterisk? It’s sort of the symbol for “yeah, but.” It goes something like this: Roger Maris hit more home runs in 1961* than Babe Ruth did in any year of his baseball career. … Continue reading

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Temperature rises on Grassley as SCOTUS fight escalates

Iowans are going to start hearing a lot more about U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s prominent role in the fight over the nomination of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has … Continue reading

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