Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

Obradovich: Local control and other Iowa legislative lies

I’ve been covering the Iowa Legislature for 25 years, but it didn’t take that long to recognize legislators’ favorite little lies. “I’ll be brief,” is probably the most common, a phrase that typically precedes some long-winded rant. “I didn’t mean … Continue reading

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Comments supporting Public Workers

Robert from Ames: Are we trying to be like Wisconsin? I pray not. We do not need a heartless state government Virginia from Lone Tree: As  the continuing attacks on our profession have ramped up to crisis levels, we teachers … Continue reading

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As lawmakers target unions, Iowans voice support for bargaining

Union reforms sharply limiting public employees’ bargaining rights are barreling toward passage in the Iowa Legislature, but across the state, views on the matter are far less clear cut and show more favorability to organized labor. A sampling of Iowans from … Continue reading

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ALEC’s “Greatest Hits”: Current Legislative Attacks on Iowa Workers

HF 291/SF 213 is a sweeping attack on Iowans that combines several of ALEC’s greatest hits into one bill. While legislators in other states have launched piecemeal attacks that parallel those included in this bill, never has a state legislature … Continue reading

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A Sweeping Attack on Home Rule: HSB 92 Rolls Back Wages, Civil Rights, Housing Fairness & Environmental Standards

House Republicans are touting HSB 92 as a bill to pre-empt local minimum wage ordinances. The bill would indeed lower wages for thousands of Iowa workers by eliminating existing and scheduled minimum wage increases in four Iowa counties, but the … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 13 A national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ends in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the … Continue reading

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Collective bargaining bill undermines firefighters’ teamwork

The Legislature recently introduced House Study Bill 84/Senate File 213, drastically changing decade’s worth of teamwork in firehouses all across the state. The proposed changes to collective bargaining in Chapter 20 are concerning to me and my fellow first responders … Continue reading

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Rally in Council Bluffs

A rally will be held in Council Bluffs, this coming Monday, February 13th at Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs Iowa at 5:30 p.m.  THE ATTACKS ARE HERE FOLKS AND WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS … Continue reading

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Iowa collective bargaining bill works through legislature; public employees outraged, some say

  A bill is now working its way through the Iowa legislature. If signed by the Governor, it would strip thousands of public employees of their ability to collectively bargain for everything, except how much they are paid. READ MORE … Continue reading

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Loebsack supports Collective Bargaining

We the undersigned stand in support of Iowa’s collective bargaining law, and against efforts by the state to interfere with the local relationships that have been established and that have resulted in fair contract negotiations between municipalities and the Iowans … Continue reading

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