Daily Archives: March 29, 2017

Surplus to Deficit — The GOP Budget Mess

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As the Legislature approaches adjournment next month, lawmakers will be turning more attention to the state budget. When the state’s non-partisan budget experts met in mid-March, we learned the Republican Majority and the Branstad-Reynolds administration have turned a $927 million … Continue reading

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The Midwest School for Women Workers

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Register today! Midwest Women Workers: “Women Rising” Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20 Madison, Wisconsin The Midwest School for Women Workers brings working women together to develop leadership skills, understand the challenges and issues facing the labor movement, and … Continue reading

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We’re hiring a Digital Director!

March 24th, 2017 Posted By: Progress Iowa Progress Iowa seeks a Digital Director to coordinate and create proactive digital media and campaign communications projects under the direction of the Executive Director. The person we’re looking for has excellent oral and … Continue reading

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Friday March 31 Forums

Please keep up the great work. People are attending these forums in record numbers. Don’t stop now! BAGLEY Friday March 31, 1:30 PM Meeting with Congressman Young Bagley Community Building, 205 Main St.  BETTENDORF Friday March 31, 9:30 AM Greatest … Continue reading

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ON IOWA LEGISLATURE’S CALLOUS ACTION TO NULLIFY LOCAL RAISES FOR STATE’S LOWEST-WAGE EARNERS

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In response to the Iowa legislature’s passage of a bill blocking all past and future local minimum wage and employment benefits laws, Christine Owens, executive director at the National Employment Law Project, issued the following statement: “The Iowa legislature’s decision … Continue reading

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Look west, or to locals, for leadership

Iowans could take a lesson from leaders in Oregon, who had the courage to look at their residents’ economic challenges. Just repealing local minimums does not meet that test of leadership. Those concerned about a “patchwork” or “hodgepodge” of minimum … Continue reading

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Basu: Even Wal-Mart pays workers better than Iowa law requires

Sometimes you have to wonder what sorts of rationalizations lawmakers feed themselves when they’re cheating the lowest-wage workers out of a shot at a middle-class life. Do they wake up at night hearing a nagging little voice of conscience reminding them … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT

>>>EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT>>> Lance, Just minutes before a scheduled committee vote yesterday, Republicans dropped a secret plan to prohibit abortion beginning as early as 6 weeks, called “fetal heartbeat”. Make no mistake about it, House Republicans are pushing this through … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Steve Jones, from the labor jazz opera “Love Songs from the Liberation Wars” We are the voices of rebellion The writing on the wall We sing the songs of freedom The witness to the fall We … Continue reading

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