2021 Legislation

Iowa workers, we need your help. SSB 1172 & HSB 203 are moving forward to committee this Tuesday.

These bills require workers to wait a week for unemployment pay, slash the benefit amount paid to workers with families, and cut worker benefits by 13 weeks if a business closes. It goes without saying, these bills are immoral and wrong--but it is especially cruel to suggest doing these things to Iowa workers during a global pandemic. Please contact your legislators and tell them to oppose SSB 1172 and HSB 203. (ACTION NETWORK LINK or https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find)

Week Five Video Update

Week Four: Happy Friday, everyone! Here's another weekly legislative recap from our Secretary-Treasurer, @hirdpete

Week Four Video Update

Happy Friday sisters and brothers. Our Secretary-Treasurer, Pete Hird, is back with this week's legislative update. Tell your state representative to vote NO on SF 159, and keep an eye on HSB 55 & SF 183, two bills that could take away design-build from our state's universities.

VOUCHER ALERT: Public dollars belong to public education! Iowa workers, we need your help. Contact your State Senator and tell them to vote NO on SF 159. This vote may take place as soon as tomorrow, so please take action ASAP. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/vote-no-on-ssb-1065

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File Video Week Two - <span>It was a busy week up at the Iowa Statehouse.</span>

File Video Week One - What we are watching

Pete Hird takes on the lack of safety at the Iowa Capitol this year, and gives you the first update of the 2021 session. Check back with us throughout the session to hear straight talk. fb.watch/2YBAZvZqeH/ via@FacebookWatchVideo from Secretary/Treasurer Pete Hird regarding the changes with the Iowa Federation of Labor's Legislative Conference

File Video: Week One - Safety at the Capitol

Hi I'm Pete Hird, Secretary Treasurer with the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. One of our jobs here at the Iowa AFL-CIO is to keep workers and retirees aware of legislation that can affect their pocketbook, workplace or their communities. The State of Iowa legislative session begins on January 11th, 2021. In previous years we have had a Legislative Conference to keep people up to date on what’s going on at Iowa’s Capitol. We bring hundreds of working class people to Des Moines to lobby legislators on behalf of Iowa workers and hear from speakers on important topics. This year we are modifying our plan to keep people safer during the pandemic. Instead of an in-person conference, we will be giving weekly video updates on Mondays and Fridays through our Facebook page and our website to keep people up to date on legislative bills throughout the legislative session. Also, in addition to our normal email Action Alerts, we will be doing weekly interviews with different people to highlight issues we think are important. These weekly updates will better provide you with timely information and allow you to contact your state legislators with ideas or concerns as new situations arise. You can find our website at iowaAFLCIO.org and under the tab “Legislative” click on “2021 Legislation” to find our most recent update video. We encourage and ask you to be involved with your local union and contact your local legislators.

Thank you and I look forward to talking to you again soon.

IFL Legislative Page   https://www.iowaaflcio.org/legislative