Daily Archives: January 12, 2017

Calling All Union Veterans:

Wednesday January 18 is Veterans Day at the Capitol Join other Veterans at Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday January 18th for a Lobby Day on behalf of Veterans issues. Many Veterans are also union members, so when union rights … Continue reading

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What Iowa’s “Chapter 20” Is And Why It’s Important To Workers: An Explainer

The biggest battle at the Iowa Statehouse this year will likely center around collective bargaining rights for state employees. At issue is Iowa’s “Chapter 20,” the section in Iowa code that governs collective bargaining, and the sweeping changes the new … Continue reading

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“To Promote Harmonious and Cooperative Relationships”: A Brief History of Public Sector Collective Bargaining in Iowa, 1966 to 2016

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“To Promote Harmonious and Cooperative Relationships”   “To Promote Harmonious and Cooperative Relationships”: A Brief History of Public Sector Collective Bargaining in Iowa, 1966 to 2016 The University of Iowa Labor Center, 2016 In 1974, Iowa’s Public Employment Relations Act … Continue reading

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What Iowans Are Reading: Paul Pate’s Voter ID Proposal Is “Unneeded”, “Indefensible” and “A Solution Without a Problem”

Des Moines–Last week Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate released his “Election Integrity Act” which outlines his plans to spend millions of dollars on a virtually nonexistent issue. Pate is asking Iowa taxpayers to shell out up to a million … Continue reading

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Chief justice: Funding cuts threaten courthouse hours, services

Inadequate funding for courts threatens to upend valuable programs that keep teens out of prison and help struggling families stay together, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady said Wednesday. The chief justice gave a broad warning to lawmakers during his annual Condition of the Judiciary address … Continue reading

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Supervisors urge lawmakers: Don’t take away wage increases

To Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer: We write as elected officials from the first four Iowa counties to have adopted a long-overdue increase in the minimum wage. We have proudly supported increases in the … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 13 The original Tompkins Square Riot. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children with billy clubs. Declared Abram Duryee, the Commissioner of Police: … Continue reading

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