Preserving higher minimum wage a top priority this week for many in Johnson County

Iowa Policy Project: Facts & Alternatives Old Brick Church — Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Protecting a higher minimum wage is taking center stage in Johnson County this week, with the Board of Supervisors set to pass a resolution carrying that message, and a legislative forum Friday evening that will outline “action steps” for […]

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New year, new wages: Minimum wage increases in Linn and Johnson counties on Jan. 1

Minimum wage workers in Linn and Johnson counties will see increased pay coming January as county-based wage increases take effect. Linn County, which passed a minimum wage ordinance earlier this year, will see the first of three hikes. Come Jan. 1, wages will increase to $8.25 an hour. Additional increases in January 2018 and 2019 […]

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Johnson County Supervisors sign anti-discrimination resolution

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution “of commitment to support and protect all residents” at a public meeting Thursday. The resolution was suggested by Iowa City restauranteur Derek Perez, and supervisor Mike Carberry brought it to the board. Supervisor Pat Harney said he sees the resolution as an extension of the […]

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Kalamazoo supervisor Neuzil resigns amid sexual discrimination allegations

A former Johnson County Supervisor is now a former Kalamazoo County administrator. Terrence Neuzil worked just three months at his most recent post in Michigan before resigning this week. The supervisor will be compensated with six months pay. This resignation comes after two female Kalamazoo County employees bringing forth allegations of discriminatory treatment from Neuzil last month. He was put on paid leave beginning March 15.

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Friese, Lewis, Sullivan and Heiden in the running for Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Filing for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors race began this week and three candidates have already announced plans to run for the three open seats. Kurt Friese, owner of Devotay and publisher of Edible Iowa, filed papers for his candidacy earlier this week. He had announced his plans to run on Dec. 1, 2015, […]

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COGS to help Johnson County residents obtain community IDs

City Hall

The University of Iowa’s graduate student union, COGS, will be on-hand at the Old Capitol Town Center (in front of CVS Pharmacy) this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, to help Johnson County residents sign up for community IDs. “The community ID project was spearheaded by the Center for Worker Justice and we consider ourselves very […]

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Johnson County Supervisors to Muslim community: “We have your back”

CWJ's Sergio Irund A-wan

On Tuesday morning, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a proclamation in support of the Muslim community. The document acknowledged Johnson County’s longtime Muslim population and expressed concern for the threats they are facing as the result of “being unfairly forced to bear the fears of our nation.” Its supporters resolved to “stand […]

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IC restauranteur and slow food activist Kurt Friese announces bid for County Supervisor

Iowa City

In a press release sent over the weekend, Kurt Friese, a long-time activist and owner of Iowa City restaurant Devotay, announced his candidacy for a position on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. The announcement comes quickly on the heels of last week’s news that Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil had accepted a position in […]

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Solon council votes to keep wages at $7.25

Solon City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to opt out of the first-in-the-midwest minimum wage increase last night. Instead of allowing the lowest paid in their town a moderate raise, the council decided to keep their city’s wage floor at the state minimum, opposing the Johnson County ordinance passed last week that will raise the […]

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Second wage hike vote set for Thursday

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed its first reading of the minimum wage ordinance that would be the first of its kind in Iowa. The countywide wage hike would gradually raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 per hour by January 1, 2017. After two more votes scheduled for Sept. 3 and 10, […]

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Johnson County: Land of the red tape

Land of the Red Tape

Iowa City, like other locales in Iowa, has witnessed the growth of its own farm-to-table movement, becoming part of a growing national trend in the production, distribution and consumption of foodstuffs provided by predominantly local, small-scale agricultural operations. Bustling farmers’ markets and innovative community supported agriculture (CSA) ventures offer Johnson County residents an education about […]

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