Monthly Archives: February 2017

Today’s virtual House graphic: The real business of business taxes in Iowa

One of many measures showing Iowa to be low or in the middle of the pack on business taxes is a study by the business consulting firm Anderson Economic Group. In its 2016 business tax rankings, Anderson ranked Iowa business … Continue reading

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On Saturday, thousands of Americans in hundreds of towns across the country will rally in support of health care and Social Security. Will you join us?

House Speaker Paul Ryan told the news media that the House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be formally introduced next week. Reports indicate that it is also likely to dramatically cut Medicaid and end Medicare’s guaranteed health … Continue reading

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State scales back union contract offer AFSCME leader says new law ‘trashes’ 40 years of negotiations

DES MOINES — State negotiators Wednesday offered a scaled-back contract proposal to Iowa’s largest public employees’ union that conformed to a new state law by dropping health care and other fringe benefits in a move the union’s leader angrily said … Continue reading

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Who are ALEC and AFP, how are they influencing our state legislators, and how can Iowans respond?

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Join us for a lecture and discussion with national expert Alex Hertel-Fernandez: “STATE CAPTURE: How conservative activists, big businesses, and wealth donors are reshaping the American states–and the nation” 6:30 pm, Monday, March 6 Des Moines Public LIbrary (Mtg rooms … Continue reading

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Seven weeks into legislative session, Republicans still breaking promises to create jobs, grow incomes

http://wp.me/p8aBRy-5XF (Des Moines) Today House and Senate Democratic Leaders pointed out that the Republicans in charge of state government continue to break promises to create jobs and increase family incomes. “In 2009, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds promised to … Continue reading

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Saturday ACA Events around Iowa

Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer have called upon us to once again make our voices heard. Access to Health Care should be a right not a privilege for only those who can afford it. Organizations across the nation like … Continue reading

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Legislation stripped public workers of rights | The Gazette

By Rick Moyle, guest columnist Feb 22, 2017 at 9:15 am | Print View On Thursday, the Republicans now running our state government in Des Moines dismantled a piece of Iowa collective bargaining that has been on the books for … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: W.E.B. DuBois “We must complain. Yes, plain, blunt complaint, ceaseless agitation, unfailing exposure of dishonesty and wrong – this is the ancient, unerring way to liberty and we must follow it.” February 20 Responding to a 15 percent … Continue reading

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Iowa’s G.O.P. Statehouse Shows the Locals Who’s Boss

Cleck here to read NY Time Editorial on Iowa Politics

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Iowa Federation of Labor Files complaint against Koch Brothers organization.

The Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, (IFL) has filed a formal ethics complaint against Americans for Prosperity (AFP) regarding the apparent illegal lobbying action of Drew Klein, State Director or Iowa Representative of the Americans For Prosperity. The legislative session began … Continue reading

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The Special Interest Fix Was In For Iowa Workers – Iowa Starting Line

Guest post from House Leader Mark Smith The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature. In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Governor Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After … Continue reading

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Will Iowa GOP follow union-busting with voter-busting?

The Iowa secretary of state’s office is making a gesture toward allowing more homeless people to register and vote, even as controversy continues to brew over a proposal to require voter identification at the polls. I say “gesture,” because it’s … Continue reading

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Why education savings accounts are bad for Iowa

Iowa legislators are playing a dangerous game with the education of our children and the competitiveness of our state. They are determined to undermine Iowa’s communities, its businesses, our strong network of public schools and our future. How? By pushing a … Continue reading

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Branstad’s final offer to AFSCME covers only base wages

An attorney for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union filed a lawsuit early this morning, challenging the state’s new collective bargaining law for public sector employees. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, the union that … Continue reading

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Lobbyist attending bargaining bill signing brings criticism

Gov. Terry Branstad is being criticized by Democrats after a conservative lobbyist attended the signing of the controversial collective bargaining bill. Democrats argued Monday that the presence of Drew Klein, state director of Americans for Prosperity and a strong supporter of House … Continue reading

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Forced reorganization of Des Moines Waterworks (HF 316) is bad for taxpayers, bad for Des Moines

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Statement by State Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines “HF 316 is the Iowa Farm Bureau’s attempt to punish Des Moines Waterworks for protecting the water almost a million Iowans drink each day. Des Moines Waterworks is right to seek … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Richard Trumka “Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and … Continue reading

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AFSCME Lawsuit on Collective Bargaining Law

The attached lawsuits were filed with the Polk County District Court at 8:00 AM on Monday, February 20, 2017. They challenge the constitutionality of HF 291, the bill gutting collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa. HF 291 was signed … Continue reading

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Labor History

  February 20 Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in … Continue reading

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Here’s what’s in the bill (after amended), and now the law:

In an unprecedented timeline, both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate voted to strip the rights of over 180,000 Iowa workers yesterday. House File 291 dismantles collective bargaining in Iowa as we know it. 53 State Representative and 29 State … Continue reading

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