Daily Archives: February 16, 2017

IFL President Ken Sagar: Collective Bargaining Votes

Today we have seen what impact out of state large dollar donors can do in terms of influencing Iowa working families. To day Americans for poverty have won the day. Their overseer has ushered the money into Iowa and today … Continue reading

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Press Conference Post Vote by Iowa Legislature to gut Collective Bargaining

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Q & A Press Conference post Collective Bargaining Votes

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Senate Leader: Anti-worker legislation hurts working Iowans and their families

              Republican legislators refused to listen to hard-working Iowans DES MOINES – Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids said anti-worker legislation fast-tracked through the Senate and House will hurt hard-working Iowans, their families and their communities. “This new … Continue reading

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Iowa Deserves Better

My name is Shannon Miller and I am the wife of West Des Moines Officer Shawn Miller, who died in the line of duty last year. My husband was a police officer for over 20 years.  During those 20 years, … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON REPUBLICAN BILL TO GUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

“Republicans will stop at nothing to reward corporate special interests while ignoring the hard-working Iowans in their own districts. Thousands and thousands of Iowans have contacted us in person, by phone, and over email to voice their opposition to this … Continue reading

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Working People Change the Game on Labor Secretary

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor: Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta’s nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we’ve gone from a … Continue reading

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IDP Stands with Democratic State Lawmakers and Labor Unions Against Attacks on Collective Bargaining

DES MOINES – In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored,  SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit of working men and women in Iowa, Iowa Democratic Party … Continue reading

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**Please do whatever you can to get to the Capitol to join us in a show of solidarity as legislators vote on this destructive legislation. Your presence is critical. **

This fight ends today. The Iowa House has voted to end debate on HF 291 at 12:00 PM. No matter what is going on at noon today, a final vote will be forced. In a completely unprecedented move, the Iowa … Continue reading

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Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks

Research Credit annual report shows big companies keep gaining IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2017) — Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy provided as much in 2016 to very large companies that do not pay Iowa state income tax as legislators recently … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Leonora O’Reilly “… just so soon as a party loses sight of the good of the whole and works for ‘party’ right or wrong, it becomes a menace to the community …” February 17 Sixty-three sit-down strikers, demanding … Continue reading

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A Secret Committee?

It’s just after 7:00 AM and the Iowa Senate just pulled an all-nighter. It’s been a long night, but we learned something new in the hours before sunrise… Republican Senator Jason Schultz has been running a secret committee, to help … Continue reading

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