Monthly Archives: January 2017

Make a call on the budget plan

***ACTION ALERT*** The Iowa Senate will start debate THIS MORNING on the Republican bill (Senate File 130)  to cut millions from our community colleges, state universities, correctional facilities, and human services.  More information about the bill is below, but we … Continue reading

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Obradovich: Don’t shut out unions from collective bargaining debate

              Iowa labor leaders complained Wednesday that legislators are keeping them in the dark about proposed changes to the state collective bargaining law. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Iowa Council 61, the state’s largest public … Continue reading

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Moral Mondays Iowa – January 30

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Moral Mondays IOWA (MMI) on Monday, January 30 with a focus on Worker Rights and Collective Bargaining (Chapter 20). MMI meets from noon – 12:45 pm in Room 304 at the Capitol. All are encouraged to attend Moral Mondays IOWA … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Sam Gompers “Show me the country in which there are no strikes and I’ll show you that country in which there is no liberty.” January 27 New York City maids organize to improve working conditions – 1734 Mine … Continue reading

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Attend these Forums

January 27, 2017 4:00PM – 5:00PM Educational Service Center, Board Room C, 1725 N. Dodge. St., Iowa City, IA 52245 January 27, 2017 4:30PM – 6:30PM AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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Retired child abuse investigator says DHS cuts would endanger children and vulnerable adults

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Iowa Senate News Release State Senator Amanda Ragan: (641) 425-8807 For Immediate Release: January 25, 2017 Statement and photo of Senator Ragan of Mason City, ranking member of the Health & Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Statement by Bill Dickey, retired DHS … Continue reading

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Ten years and counting: Iowa’s inaction on the minimum wage

It was the first bill Chet Culver signed into law as Governor of Iowa: an increase in the minimum wage, from $5.15 to $7.25 in two steps, to be fully in force Jan. 1, 2008. “This is a historic occasion,” … Continue reading

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Yet another special election next week

The second half of the special election two-step in Davenport will take place next week as Democrat Monica Kurth and Republican Mike Gonzales square off to see who will replace Jim Lykam in the Iowa House. Lykam last month won … Continue reading

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Facts and Alternatives — Join us Feb. 10

IPP Budget & Policy Briefing • Feb. 10 • 7 p.m. Old Brick, Clinton and Market Streets, Iowa City We’ll be one month into the 2017 Iowa legislative session. Where will things stand on several big issues facing our state? … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS – Republican Budget Cuts Clear 1st Hurdle

***BREAKING NEWS*** Republican politicians at the State Capitol are moving fast on their plan to cut millions from our community colleges, state universities, correctional facilities, and human services. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees just passed the bill (read … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 26 In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s … Continue reading

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Slowest job pace since Great Recession

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 24, 2017) — A slight increase in December snapped a three-month string of payroll job losses in Iowa, leaving the state with its slowest year of job growth since the Great Recession. The unemployment rate fell … Continue reading

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Veterans and Federal Hiring Freeze

We’re not even a week into the Trump Administration and veterans are already feeling the pain. Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that freezes hiring of federal workers. The federal government is the largest employer of US military veterans … Continue reading

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Deappropriations – What Got Us Here

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Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: January 23, 2017 Re: Deappropriations – What Got Us Here Over the last six years, legislative Republicans have touted budget “principles” in an effort to convince Iowans they are responsible … Continue reading

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Democratic Leader: Contact Republican Senators about budget cuts

January 23, 2017 Senate Staff Blog, Education, Health care, Issues, Safer communities 0 Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg is urging Iowans to contact Republican Senators this week about their proposals for major mid-year budget cuts and the defunding of Planned … Continue reading

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Obradovich: Women’s march was huge. But now what?

It takes a heart more jaded than mine to look at the photographs of the Women’s March in Washington and cities around the country, including Des Moines, and not be impressed by the sheer size of the crowds. As a … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor Quote: Tefere Gebre

“It doesn’t matter if you came in bondage as a slave into this country or you came generations ago as Eastern European to build cities like Chicago or New York. Or you were Chinese and built railroads in this country. … Continue reading

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‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’ Good question, Mr. President

Disinformation is defined as the dissemination of “intentionally false or misleading information.” Not surprisingly, the word seems to have been coined in Russia — as “dezinformatsiya” — in the 1920s when the government’s State Political Directorate, which evolved into the … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 25 Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention – 1851 The Sheet Metal Workers Int’l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association – 1888 Two hundred miners are … Continue reading

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For One Day, At Least, Team Bernie Is Okay With Trump

Donald Trump found himself an unlikely cheerleader on his third day in the Oval Office: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialist who for months called Trump every name in the book. That’s because Trump signed an executive order withdrawing from … Continue reading

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