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Statehouse Update, January 22 

We’re just starting Week 3 of the Iowa Legislature.  At the bottom of this email, you’ll find the list of bills we are watching this year and where they stand right now in the legislative process.  Here’s quick update on … Continue reading

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March this Saturday!

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We’re marching on January 20, 2018 and we’re asking you to join us! On the anniversary weekend of the historic 2017 Women’s March worldwide, we’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa Sate Capitol. This is not a re-enactment of last … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Pablo Manlapit “It is one of the cherished American ideals that each generation shall stand in advance of the preceding one: better physically, mentally, spiritually. And America demands for her workers this opportunity for development.” -Manlapit (left) was … Continue reading

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Statement on the Passing of Paul Booth

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the passing of labor activist and leader Paul Booth: I offer my deepest condolences to Heather and the entire Booth family. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with Paul are … Continue reading

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Tax bill: Not just a 2017 story

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It would be so easy to close the book on the 2017 tax bill, to allow our attention to be diverted to the next issue or threat, because there are so many. We owe it to ourselves and future generations … Continue reading

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Forums for the week of January 19 – 26  2018

Arlington Legislative Forum – Arlington January 20, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM Arlington Community Center, 853 Main St., Arlington, IA 50606  (Click here for directions)     Bettendorf Legislative Luncheon – Bettendorf January 19, 2018 11:30AM – 1:00PM Isle of Capri Ballroom, … Continue reading

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Des Moines, IA Women’s March 2018

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We’re marching on January 20, 2018 and we’re asking you to join us! On the anniversary weekend of the historic 2017 Women’s March worldwide, we’re inviting everyone back to the Iowa Sate Capitol. This is not a re-enactment of last … Continue reading

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AT&T Wireless Workers Approve Contract, Set New Standards for Wireless Jobs

AT&T wireless workers approved a precedent-setting contract that rolls back offshoring and outsourcing and sets a new standard for wireless retail and call center jobs in America. The contract covers over 21,000 workers in 36 states. CWA members approved the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” January 15 Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence … Continue reading

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Get facts on school funding

Iowa’s increasingly shaky foundation of school funding An honest look at Iowa K-12 education funding By Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project There are so many numbers, and so many ways to parse the data, that an honest look at how … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “All the world is made of music. We are all strings on a lyre. We resonate. We sing together.” January 11 The IWW-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins … Continue reading

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Gov. Reynolds delivers Condition of the State address

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State address on Tuesdaymorning at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: Lieutenant Governor, Mr. President, Madam Speaker, legislative leaders, Senators … Continue reading

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Senate Democratic Leader Petersen’s 2018 Opening Day Address

Good morning! Welcome everyone.  A special welcome to the pages, new clerks and staff. Welcome to Iowa’s newest senator, Jim Carlin from Sioux City. I also want to recognize two of our colleagues who have announced they are retiring from … Continue reading

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TOMORROW: Iowans to deliver ‘People’s Condition of the State’ at Capitol

Everyday Iowans will respond to Gov. Reynolds’ remarks by focusing on ‘Our Iowa’ DES MOINES – A group of Iowans representing working families from across the state will deliver the People’s Condition of the State on Tuesday, January 9th, in … Continue reading

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2018 Session Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

 Thank you, Madam Speaker and good morning members of the Iowa House of Representatives. I especially want to welcome Representative Jon Jacobsen and Representative Phil Miller, who were elected in special elections held during the interim.  Congratulations on your honor … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Mary Kenney O’Sullivan “I refused to do a man’s job without a man’s pay.” January 08 The largest slave revolt in U.S. history begins on Louisiana sugar plantations.  Slaves armed with hand tools marched toward New … Continue reading

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IOWANS CALL ON GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE

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18 states saw increase take effect on January 1st, while Iowans have waited longer than anyone in the country for a raise   Des Moines, Iowa — Iowans today called on Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature to raise … Continue reading

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Real Men Read

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Brothers and Sisters I have been contacted by United Way of Central Iowa to have us consider this opportunity to read to school children.  It is 45 minutes a month for 5 months.  Bellow is a list of the dates, … Continue reading

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Tax bill: Not just a 2017 story

It would be so easy to close the book on the 2017 tax bill, to allow our attention to be diverted to the next issue or threat, because there are so many. We owe it to ourselves and future generations … Continue reading

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