Archive for April 4, 2011
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Monday, we talk with former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” We also talk with Paul Shapiro, senior director of the Humane Society's factory farming campaign, about legislation at the Iowa Statehouse to criminalize videos documenting animal cruelty.
Tuesday, State Rep Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) joins us for the first half of the show. Then Natalie Synders with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement discusses contentious legislation that would shift management of Iowa's water quality programs from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture.
Wednesday, we talk with Jason Kelley of Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers about the controversy surrounding recent billboards reading “You KNOW there is NO GOD! We know you're right!” And world-famous (ok, locally infamous) accordionista Abe Goldstein joins us to plug an exciting jazz concert series of some pretty big-name performers.
Thursday, State Representative Dan Kelley (D-Newton) gives us our weekly inside look at the Iowa Statehouse. And Ying Sa of Community CPA & Associates does another Q & A on taxes — just in time for the April 15th federal filing deadline.
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Judge Rules Collective Bargaining Rights Protected
“In a ruling that has far-reaching implications for Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Maine, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri, a federal judge threw out labor law reforms at Chicago’s McCormick Place that the Illinois state legislature enacted in 2010 following supplication from the convention industry.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman affirms that collective bargaining rights cannot be overturned by governmental edict. Guzman told the Legislature “it had no business trying to interfere with collective bargaining” according to Marvin Gittler, an attorney representing Local 727 of the Teamsters.Guzman held that the National Labor Relations Act preempts the Legislature from dictating terms for unions working at McCormick Place.
This ruling is similar to the finding of The International Commission for Labor Rights, which has said, in part: The ICLR identified the right of “freedom of association” as a fundamental right and affirmed that the right to collective bargaining is an essential element of freedom of association. These rights, which have been recognized worldwide, provide a brake on unchecked corporate or state power.
In 1935, when Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the NLRA, or the Wagner Act), it recognized the direct relationship between the inequality of bargaining power of workers and corporations and the recurrent business depressions. That is, by depressing wage rates and the purchasing power of wage earners, the economy fell into depression. The law therefore recognized as policy of the United States the encouragement of collective bargaining”.
IOWA STATE CAPITOL WEST STEPS 5:30 – 6:30 PM
April 4,1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis,
where he was supporting sanitation workers demanding their dream: The
right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.
that same demand is electrifying people across America. It's the demand
of all people—black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.
Join us at the Iowa State Capitol April 4, 2011, to STAND IN SOLIDARITY
with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana across this nation
where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take
away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. It's a time to show: WE ARE ONE.
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The Obstructed View: What if Kaddafi Were Governor of Wisconsin?
The Obstructed View: Random Thoughts From An Idle Mind
by Sam Osborne
What say we all about involvement in Libya?
Would the American public stand by and have a hands-off position if Kaddafi were the Governor of Wisconsin and treating the residents of that state as he has those in Libya? If one’s sense of empathy and involvement in mankind stops at ghettos edge, city limits, county line, state border, or national boundary, maybe so.
We need not be the world’s policeman as long as we are not one of the world’s criminals. The likes a Kaddafi came to power because of western mankind’s involvement and exploitation of people in other lands, or selective hands off when some other bastards were doing it. Our land long ago stopped being one of Earth’s exploited colonies.
Fairly long ago, residents of this part of the New World formed a capacity to embrace ourselves within a fractured mass that has jointly been, and will continue to be, guilty of the sins of commission and omission, be damned if we do and damned if we don’t, and ever the sufferers of unintended consequences for whatever we have or have not done, or just overlooked. Against this background and in the face of more of the same, should we be militarily involved with what we have helped to create? We are, whether we like it or not, and will make the best of a bad situation, and as Harvey Cox (who borrowed from Sartre) observed, “Not to decide is to decide.”
The purity of any attempt to be good for goodness sake will be oiled by one satisfaction or another – be it barrels of crude pumped from Libyan depths, or the more egregiously corrosive kind used to absolve oneself of sin: the holy oil of the holier than thou.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this morning from where I am sitting high on the horse, I insist that we do and only do what is right as right will be.
Meanwhile I am going to read a bit of poetry that from my very youth I have found very inspirational; it suggests to me that if I were to ever fall off of my high horse someone would certainly come along to help a fine chap up:
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
~ John Donne. 1624
West Branch, Iowa
Osborne, former editorial writer and Opinion Page Editor,
Iowa City Press-Citizen; former college professor and Business Department chair,
Ellsworth Community College; and currently out to pasture drinking too much
coffee. His commentary, The Obstructed View, appears on this blog occasionally.