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Go to a Forum/Meeting in your area!

Albia Legislative Forum February 17, 2018 8:30AM – 9:00AM First Iowa Bank Heritage Hall, 19 Benton Ave. E, Albia, IA 52531  (Click here for directions) Algona Legislative Forum – Algona February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM Public Library, East Call Street … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Honor King with Worker Freedom

The Labor Wire Feb. 14, 2018 Sanitation work remains mortally dangerous 50 years after the Memphis sanitation strike, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while campaigning to help workers gain a union for better pay and safe … Continue reading

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Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque, the lead Democrat in the Iowa Senate on tax issues, responded to Governor Kim Reynolds’s tax plan.

DES MOINES — Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque, the lead Democrat in the Iowa Senate on tax issues, responded to Governor Kim Reynolds’s tax plan. Although the news release from the Governor’s office leaves many unanswered questions, Jochum raised two … Continue reading

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IFP Statement: More details needed on Governor’s tax plan

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 13, 2017) — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement from Peter Fisher, research director of the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, about Governor Kim Reynolds’ tax proposals. Governor Reynolds today reinforced her commitment to eliminate … Continue reading

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Message of the Day—Protect Worker Freedoms

The Labor Wire Feb. 13, 2018 Congress should protect worker freedom and uphold the sovereignty of Native American tribes, not pit the two against each other. Working people must have a legally enforceable right to form unions and negotiate together with … Continue reading

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***   Funnel: Legislature’s First Deadline is This Week ***

Funnel Week: The First Deadline This week is the first deadline to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible for debate this session. In order to remain eligible this year, a bill must be approved by a committee … Continue reading

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IFL Legislative Update

We’re approaching what’s called the “first funnel” date at the legislature, and that means that the list of bills that are being considered for passage will shrink dramatically.  While there is a lot of sub-committee and committee work being done, … Continue reading

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Attend a Forum this Weekend

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The Legislature is continuing to work on bills, many of which hurt small businesses, families, children, schools and more.  It is always important to let our legislators know what it is we want, need and expect from them.  The best … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Mother Jones “I would fight God Almighty Himself if He didn’t play square with me.” February 10 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) founds the Building and Construction Trades Department as a way to overcome the … Continue reading

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Make NAFTA Good for Workers

Three working people who went on strike have been murdered in Mexico since November, even as trade representatives from signatories of the North American Free Trade Agreement have been meeting to renegotiate the deal. The next round of talks begins … Continue reading

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Restore rights to working Iowans.

(Des Moines) State Senator Nate Boulton, the ranking member of the Senate Labor and Business Committee, is sponsoring two bills to restore rights to working Iowans. “A year ago, Iowa Republicans took away rights and benefits from many Iowan workers,” … Continue reading

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Forums for February 8 – 14

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Attend your Area Legislative Forums and SPeak UP. At the end of this list are 5 questions you can bring up at your forum, dealing with IPERS and the economic impact is has on Iowa communities. Altoona Legislative Forum February … Continue reading

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Kimberly-Clark Uses GOP Tax Break to Sucker Punch Wisconsin Workers

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Early Wednesday morning, David Breckheimer, a United Steelworkers local union president at a Neenah, Wis., paper factory, was gathering the last of his gear for a snowmobiling vacation. At 7:45 a.m., less than two hours before he planned to leave, … Continue reading

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Labor Hisory

Labor Quote of the Day: Rose Schneiderman “A good many girls in this fight have come to know each other’s names and to know a sisterly feeling for the first time in their lives.” Schneiderman (left) was an organizer for the Women’s Trade … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Charlie Chaplin “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” February … Continue reading

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Get school funding numbers right

 iowapolicypoints 27 mins ago A good report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows states generally have done an exceedingly poor job in restoring education funding in the wake of the Great Recession. Unfortuntately in Iowa, this report is … Continue reading

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Labor History

. Labor Quote of the Day: Rosa Parks “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.“ February 03 The U.S. Supreme Court rules the … Continue reading

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Big Banks are coming after Credit Unions

Contact you state Rep Credit Union Vs. a Bank Credit Union Vs. a Bank: The CU Difference! You may have heard about credit unions, but do not have a clue about the difference between a credit union and a bank. … Continue reading

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Legislative Forums for week of February 2 – 8

  Des Moines (also see Clive & Urbandale) Legislative Coffee – Des Moines February 5, 2018 8:00AM – 10:30AM Grounds for Celebration, 2645 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310  (Click here for directions) Legislative Coffee – Des Moines February 5, 2018 … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislative Advocacy Alert

Help us stop proposed mid-year budget cuts in Senate File 2117 by contacting Senators as soon as possible. The Republican leaders who are pushing these cuts have told us we may be voting on them as soon as Thursday. You can contact Senators … Continue reading

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