Monthly Archives: September 2017

ACA Repeal is Back: Joni Ernst Town Halls in Iowa City, Corydon, Charles City

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photo/Bloomberg Tell Joni Ernst how you feel about her previous and future votes to repeal your health care. She has already voted for repeal three times. Ernst voted for Repeal and Replace.  She voted for partial repeal. She voted for … Continue reading

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16,000 Iowans Lose Wages in Overtime Pay Changes

http://iowahouse.org/StatehouseNews/9-13-17 An estimated 16,000 Iowans will lose wages this year after Republican lawmakers and Governor Reynolds made significant changes to overtime pay last session. Nurses, social workers, and public defenders are among the 3,000 Iowans who will no longer be … Continue reading

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Tell your senators to oppose the Graham–Cassidy repeal bill and any other bill that guts our health care.

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We don’t have a lot of time. We recently learned that Republican leaders have been gathering support for an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact huge health care cuts by the end of September. A group of … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Glazer “I dreamed that I had died, And gone to my reward, A job in heaven’s textile plant, On a golden boulevard. The mill was made of marble, The machines were made of gold, And … Continue reading

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Iowa can’t expect to get the best out of state workers by waging war on them

Critics of government are fond of saying the public sector should be run more like business: more efficient, more cost-effective and better at long-range planning. Less often mentioned is one measure of any employer’s ability to produce or deliver value … Continue reading

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Labor Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.  “The labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it…those who attack labor forget these simple truths but history remembers them.” September 18 The Teamsters for a Democratic … Continue reading

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Duffy’s View

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Public sector employees to vote on union recertification

By Carter Howe howethom@grinnell.edu Labor recertification votes for public-sector bargaining units began this Tuesday, with many more set to happen in October. These votes are part of the sweeping public sector collective bargaining law passed this past February. The voting … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Susan B. Anthony “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations and social standing, never can bring about a reform.” September 16 More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war … Continue reading

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APPLE CHOSE IOWA. SO WHY THE HANDOUT, GOVERNOR?

Why would Governor Reynolds and the Iowa GOP think they need to bribe Apple to come to Iowa? Apple was likely coming to Iowa anyway because of Iowa’s combination of cheap and green energy. Iowa is one of the few … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Pete Seeger “It is better to have struggled and lost, than never to have struggled at all.” September 15 Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa., strike for a 10-hour day. The next … Continue reading

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Labor and WIN candidates did very well in School Board Elections

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Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) candidates won over 70% of the endorsed races. “It was good to see so many citizens stepping up to run for school board across Iowa. We are very happy that so … Continue reading

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Shutdowns of Iowa prison units won’t be lifted amid state budget woes

Amid protracted state budget problems, Iowa prison officials have no plans to reopen three prison satellite units with room for about 400 inmates at Harpers Ferry, Clarinda and Fort Madison, as well as a community corrections facility in Sheldon. Iowa Corrections Director Jerry Bartruff initially … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Herbert Blyden “The world is hearing us! The world is seeing our struggle… And we are the vanguard! Standing here for all the oppressed peoples of the world.” – Blyden (right) was incarcerated in Attica Prison during the 1971 … Continue reading

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Iowa health coverage expands with Affordable Care Act

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New census data show sharp 3-year decline in uninsurance in state IOWA CITY, Iowa (Sept. 12, 2017) — New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three … Continue reading

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ISEA, Teachers and What it Means for Iowa

Over the next two months each school teacher (union and non-union) in Iowa will be forced to make a choice for their future and the future of education in Iowa. Tammy Wawro is the President of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and here, … Continue reading

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“Unite for Worker Justice” event scheduled for Thursday

Local residents rally in defense of wage increases, immigrant families, unions  IOWA CITY – Low-wage workers and allies will gather Thursday to highlight how local community members are taking action to defend workers’ rights and immigrant families in the face of state … Continue reading

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Labor Day Photos

Photos from Labor Day All around Iowa

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Eugene V. Debs “Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and … Continue reading

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Vote for Labor Supported Shool Board Candidates

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