Daily Archives: February 20, 2017

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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Results of 1.25% AFSCME Vote

As you’ve probably heard, a request came to us from the State of Iowa for State contract-covered employees to forgo the 1.25% wage increase they received, as per their contract, at the beginning of this year. This request came with … Continue reading

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Kansans deliver tax-cut cautions for Iowans

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“You have the opportunity to not be like Kansas.” As part of Moral Mondays at the Iowa State Capitol, Iowa advocates and lawmakers this week heard a cautionary tale from Annie McKay of Kansas Action for Children and Duane Goossen … Continue reading

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The health and well-being of millions of Americans is at risk. Please help us fight back.

Next week, February 18 – 26, Senators and Members of Congress leave Washington and return to their home districts to meet with their constituents. House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday that the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care … Continue reading

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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on New Iowa Collective Bargaining Law

WASHINGTON —  AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on the signing of the new Iowa collective bargaining law: “The law signed by the governor today is a slap in the face to the hardworking women and men who provide … Continue reading

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