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MOINES, Iowa — The Latest on Sen. Corey Booker’s trip to Iowa (all
Cory Booker is urging Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s
confirmation to the Supreme Court to turn their despair into action, a
political message that blends with the New Jersey Democrat’s national
debut as a presidential prospect.
raced from Saturday’s Senate vote on Kavanaugh to the Iowa Democratic
Party’s top fall fundraiser to try to make a positive impression on
roughly 1,000 party activists gathered in Des Moines.
former Newark mayor says he sees the pain and hurt but still wants to
remind fellow Democrats that they need to stay faithful.
caucuses are traditionally the first voting for presidential candidates
seeking their party’s nomination. Booker may be the biggest name yet in
Democratic politics to visit the state ahead of the 2020 presidential
Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is making his national debut as a Democratic
presidential prospect by headlining the Iowa Democratic Party’s marquee
from Saturday’s Senate confirmation vote on Brett Kavanaugh, Booker is
visiting the early presidential testing ground as he weighs a campaign
for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
scheduled speech to more than 1,000 of Iowa’s most influential party
activists is not just a seminal moment for the 49-year-old former mayor
is also the party’s first bigger name to make his foray in the
first-in-the-nation caucus state, where so far lesser-known, would-be
candidates have been working to get a head start.
are a lot
of elections going on in Iowa that are crucial for the labor movement.
Labor 2018 need lots of
volunteers, to help with getting the labor vote out. There is a big
need for people to door knock, drop literature and make phone calls.
This need is all around Iowa.
Most walks are around two
and are at labor friendly doors (union members or union households).
2000 Walker St, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50317
Mark Fallis, Neil Robertson
Tuesday – Wednesday –
2 PM to 7 PM
9 AM to 2 PM
EARLY VOTING STARTS OCT 8 th
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is CWA STRONG!
Twelve CWAers from
members of CWA Locals 7101 and 7102, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, in
early June for a two-day combined stewards' training and CWA
STRONG organizing training. The group was made up of experienced and
new stewards from each local, which gave participants opportunities to
collaborate and learn from each other.
The CWAers came to the CWA
training willing to learn, with a commitment to do the work necessary
to help build our union. Participants learned about CWA Political
Action Fund (PAF) and CWA's national legislative efforts to fight back
against anti-worker legislation and advance bills at the state and
federal level that protect call center jobs. Learning about these CWA
efforts helped emphasize the importance of recruiting PAF contributors.
The participants began
organizing committees in each unit, working with lists, setting goals,
and creating internal organizing plans to be implemented in the coming
The stewards' training
conducted by CWA District 7 Staff Rep Kay Pence and District 7 Staff
Rep Bonnie Winther. The CWA STRONG training was led by District 7
Campaign Lead Enida Shuku with assistance from Pence. The training was
supported by the CWA STRONG Strategic Industry Fund (SIF).
CWAers from CenturyLink, members of CWA Locals
and 7102, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, in early June for a two-day
combined stewards' training and CWA STRONG organizing training.
Imagine a sailor standing on
deck of her sail boat thinking about the amazing breeze at her back.
So, does she send out a clever, factful text or Facebook post or does
she do the hard work to raise the sails and take advantage of the
There you have the current
political climate. Many are predicting a good election this year
for candidates who support working families. Crystal balls aside, we
seem to have a lot of energy, many candidates and motivated people who
what to see change, want to have an economy that works for all of us
and not just some of us.
The question is: Will you be
satisfied with Facebooks posts that require a few key strokes or are
you willing to work to take advantage of the circumstances that look
The Iowa Federation of
AFL-CIO has worked hard to put together a good program, provide good
information and we are waiting, albeit not too patiently, for those
committed activists to step up and do the hard work necessary to be
We have seen the
consequences of a
bad election first hand. Workers rights attacked, rights for injured
workers set back decades, voter suppression efforts, unemployment bills
that make a mockery of the system are just a few of the laws that have
been upended in the current Iowa legislative sessions. The tax bills
that take money from insufficient revenues are going to put our budget
in jeopardy for possibly decades.
So, what are you going to
pound a few keys or pound a few doors? If you want to tell your kids
and grandkids that you were on the frontlines to take back Iowa from
the far right, come and help us raise the sails and chart a new course
Ken Sagar, President Iowa
Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
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Iowa Federation of Labor
SHOWS PRIORITIES WITH LATEST ROUND OF MID-YEAR BUDGET CUTS
MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny
Homan issued the following statement following Governor
Reynolds’ signing of yet another round of mid-year budget cuts:
morning, Kim Reynolds signed SF2117 into law, which cut an additional
$35 million from the budget that was approved by the legislature last
year. There are only three months left to absorb these massive cuts in
state government, which is not only irresponsible, but also dangerous.
is the second year in a row that the Reynolds administration has had to
pull money from the current budget just to pay the bills. Why? Because
tax breaks for her donors and big businesses are more important than
the hardworking employees who make our state happen. This budget
nightmare was signed into law all while she is trying to push over $1
billion in tax cuts through the legislature. This will obliterate our
state’s finances just like it did to Kansas.
sad thing is, everyday Iowans are going to pay the price for her
irresponsibility. When we cut our regents by millions, students and
their families see their debt increase. When we cut corrections by
millions, safety in our prisons deteriorates. When we cut DHS by
millions, kids in our foster care system suffer. Iowans should brace
themselves for the impact of these cuts. Iowans deserve more competent
leadership and they should demand it at the polls in November.”
— SF 2117 Cuts
-Department of Human Services $4.3 million
-Board of Regents $10.9 million
-Community Colleges $500 thousand
-Judicial Branch $1.6 million
-Department of Corrections $3.4 million
-Department of Education $784 thousand
-Department of Public Health $662 thousand
-Iowa Workforce Development $167 thousand
-State Public Defender $236 thousand
-Iowa Public Television $68 thousand
-Department of Inspections and Appeals $102 thousand
-Department of Revenue $528 thousand
-Department of Agriculture $188 thousand
-Department of Justice $378 thousand
-Department on Aging $110 thousand
-Department of Public Safety $200 thousand
-Department of Natural Resources $123 thousand
-Economic Development $158 thousand
-Iowa Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund $10 million