Daily Archives: February 14, 2017

Republicans Deliver Worst Valentine’s Day Ever for Workers

Republican legislators, backed by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds, considering legislation to strip away the rights of Iowa’s public workers Des Moines, Iowa — Tonight the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate will  concurrently consider House File 291 (HF291) … Continue reading

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Media clips of Monday’s Hearing

New data re: crowd size — Radio Iowa News Director O. Kay Henderson tweeted that 4,600 came through security yesterday!  https://twitter.com/okayhenderson/status/831525937481129988   Emotions run high as over 1,000 gather for collective bargaining hearing http://www.kcci.com/article/emotions-run-high-as-over-1000-gather-for-collective-bargaining-hearing/8777817 Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa lawmakers get … Continue reading

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Testimony Videos against the proposed Collective Bargaining Bills

Check out 44 testimonies about the Collective Bargaining Bills

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Jodie Butler on Collective Bargaining

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Senate File 213 – Prepared remarks by Senator Chaz Allen of Newton

Mr. President and Members of the Senate: I rise today, not to debate or argue, but to share my experience. All in this room are familiar with Newton’s transformation from a company town dominated by Maytag to the diverse economy … Continue reading

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Prepared remarks by Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines, lead Democrat on the Senate Labor Committee

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Senate File 213 – Prepared remarks by Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines, lead Democrat on the Senate Labor Committee Thank you, Mr. President. This amendment is our last chance to stop this freight train that is barreling towards our … Continue reading

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Iowa Republican threatens teacher with arrest for speaking her mind

This weekend I called one of our Iowa legislators, Norlin Mommsen, and told him my concerns for the proposed changes to Chapter 20. I told him he needed to vote “no” to these changes and that if he didn’t, I … Continue reading

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Save Iowa Workers Testimony – Ed McFarland

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Save Iowa Workers Testimony – William Steward

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Headed for a GOP hangover | The Gazette

Last summer, at a Cleveland brewery where Grand Old Pilsner was a featured pint, I asked Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer what Republicans would have on tap should they grab control of the whole state Legislature in the fall. Iowa … Continue reading

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Republican Legislators Should Listen To Iowans, Not Skype with Scott Walker

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                Progress Iowa calls on Republicans to apologize for ignoring Iowans while chatting with Walker DES MOINES — Iowa Republican legislators today took a Skype call from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, while ignoring … Continue reading

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Show Support at Debates

We just learned that both the Iowa House and Senate will be debating the bills gutting collective bargaining at the same time tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 2/14). We need the same incredible showing that we had tonight at the Capitol so … Continue reading

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Key Senator: Iowans need more health security, not less

‘Taking away the health care security of thousands of hard-working Iowans is one of the worst aspects of this horrible piece of legislation’ DES MOINES – A key Democratic Senator today announced plans to block a key provision in anti-worker … Continue reading

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Get Active

***ACTION ALERT*** Thousands of Iowans turned out at forums across the state last weekend and had tough questions for Republican lawmakers.  That’s because Republicans and the Branstad/Reynolds administration are moving their bill to take away rights from law enforcement officers, … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Jimmy Hoffa “Don’t let any man into your cab, your home or your heart, unless he’s a friend of labor.” Jimmy Hoffa also said “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but man, did they get a break on … Continue reading

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Collective bargaining: Why dismantle landmark law?

On Tuesday, the Republican majority in the Iowa legislature filed bills that would radically and negatively amend one of the finest bipartisan pieces of Iowa legislation drafted in the last 50 years — the Iowa Public Employment Relations Law (Chapter 20 of … Continue reading

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IOWA LABOR WAR 2: GOP SPAMS ALEC BS

Posted on February 12, 2017 by admin   As a humble rural Iowa blogger reporting on union busting efforts by state Republicans, I was flattered when I opened my comment spam box early Saturday morning to discover a comment from one of the spearheads of … Continue reading

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