Monthly Archives: February 2018

Forums for February 23 – 28

Bedford Forum February 23, 2018. 7:00 AM Bedford Farm Bureau Office, 607 Pollock Blvd. Bloomfield Legislative Forum February 21, 2018 3:45PM – 4:45PM – Senator Grassley Mutchler Community Center, 900 N. East St., Bloomfield, IA 52537  (Click here for directions) Breda … Continue reading

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How to steal $110 million from Iowa workers

No artifice of “regulatory relief” or concern for untipped workers can justify this theft. In most states, tipped workers are paid a subminimum “tipped wage.” In Iowa the tipped wage is $4.35/hr. The gap between the tipped wage and the minimum … Continue reading

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How to fight back – Working People’s Day of Action

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The Working People’s Day of Action tomorrow in dozens of cities will call for a new era of shared prosperity and the end of an economic and political system rigged to benefit the super-rich and the powerful corporations at the expense of the … Continue reading

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Day of Action Saturday in Cedar Rapids

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Learn from Kansas: Cliff ahead

Despite chronic revenue shortfalls that have forced a series of mid-year budget cuts, senators are moving a tax-cut bill forward without even an analysis of its impact. The Iowa Senate is poised to move a massive tax cut bill out … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: W.E.B. DuBois “What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” February 24 U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Fix the W.Va. Education Crisis

America’s labor movement supports West Virginia teachers who began a two-day strike today, closing every school in the state for the first time in 30 years. Teachers are exercising their rights as rising health care costs and flat pay force many to … Continue reading

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The Long Struggle over Black Voting Rights and the Origins of the Pendergast Machine | The Pendergast Years

Author: John McKerley University of Iowa Labor Center One of the defining aspects of “Boss” Thomas J. Pendergast’s “machine” politics was its approach to African American voters. During the early 20th century, at a time when black people were routinely … Continue reading

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IOWA SUBSIDIZING HUGE STATE COMPANIES WITH RUNAWAY TAX CREDITS

Rockwell Collins, one of Iowa’s largest corporations with over $5.26 billion in sales, paid no Iowa income tax in 2017. However, because of an out-of-control state Research Tax Credit program, Rockwell Collins received a check from Iowa taxpayers for nearly … Continue reading

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Will you contact 5 key Iowa Senators to help stop Senate Republicans from putting Iowa on a fast-track toward disaster?

Fast-Track to Disaster On Wednesday, February 21, Iowa Senate Republicans introduced a 130-page plan to cut taxes by $1 billion each year — which would deepen the Reynolds Budget Crisis that has caused school closings, cuts to education, working families … Continue reading

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Give both tax plans full analysis

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 21, 2018) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement from Peter Fisher, research director of the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, about the new tax proposal from Iowa Senate Republicans. A major overhaul of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Albert Shanker “I would rather die having spoken in my way, than live having spoken in yours.” Shanker was a teacher, organizer, and former AFT President February 23 W.E.B. DuBois, educator and civil rights activist, born … Continue reading

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Stop Iowa’s Copycat Republicans

Tomorrow (Thursday, Feb 22) at 8 AM in Room 22, there will be a subcommittee on the Senate Republican tax bill. This will be the first public meeting on legislation that could lock in Iowa’s budget mess for years to come. The meeting … Continue reading

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Mark Smith, House Democratic Leader

A special public hearing was held on the state’s budget crisis this week. We requested the hearing to learn what impact mid-year budget cuts proposed by Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers would have on the lives on everyday Iowans. Several … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—We Can Win Fair Trade

The Labor Wire Feb. 21, 2018 As negotiators prepare to meet again on the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to shift the rules of the economy to work for everybody—if this administration finally ends corporate control … Continue reading

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Statement from House Democrats on Governor’s Tax Plan from Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, Ranking Member of the House Ways & Means Committee

“Before any new tax cut plan is approved, House Democrats believe three criteria must be met: Balance the state budget; Be fair and simple for all Iowans; and Provide relief for the middle class. With a $1 billion price tag … Continue reading

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Legislative Forums for Feb 21 – 28

Bedford Forum February 23, 2018. 7:00 AM Bedford Farm Bureau Office, 607 Pollock Blvd. Bloomfield Legislative Forum February 21, 2018 3:45PM – 4:45PM – Senator Grassley Mutchler Community Center, 900 N. East St., Bloomfield, IA 52537  (Click here for directions) Breda … Continue reading

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State Senators targeting injured workers again

The Iowa State Senate is getting set to vote on Senate File (SF) 2305.  SF 2305 is a one-sided bill that hammers injured workers, their doctors, and attorneys if the worker is accused of fraud against the workers’ compensation system. … Continue reading

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Working People’s Day of Action

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The Koch brothers, the DeVos family and other wealthy, anti-union corporate interests will use the Supreme Court to try to take away your voice and your union. Feb. 26 is when the Supreme Court case called Janus v. AFSCME is being … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Cesar Chavez “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”​ February 22 Representatives of the Knights … Continue reading

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