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‘Invisible Hawkeyes’ uncovers rich history of UI African American students

Black history at the University of Iowa is deep, rich — and largely still unknown. That’s the message of Lena and Michael Hill, who will speak at the League of Women Voters‘ Sunday Speaker series about their book Invisible Hawkeyes, a collection of essays. The couple, both University of Iowa professors, will talk about the […]

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UI grad students camp outside president’s office to protest collective bargaining changes

“I have snacks!” announced Ruth Bryant as she and about eight other University of Iowa graduate students made themselves comfortable on the floor outside of University President Bruce Harreld’s office Monday morning. She and the group planned to stay there all day as part of “Wake up, Walk Out!,” the latest grass-roots effort to stand […]

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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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GOP-led collective bargaining bills ‘worse than expected,’ critics say

A Republican-led push to end collective bargaining on everything but wages came to fruition Tuesday in the form of two companion bills in the Iowa Senate and House. Critics are calling the proposals, which have been dreaded by public worker unions for weeks, far worse than they expected. “It’s basically a way to kill unions,” […]

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Iowa senators supported DeVos in historic confirmation tie-breaker

Iowa’s two Republican senators cast their votes Tuesday supporting Betsy DeVos as the nation’s education secretary in a confirmation decision that turned into an historic tie, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote. Both Iowa senators released statements Tuesday explaining their votes. The statements avoided direct comment on questions of DeVos’ qualifications […]

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COGS, public workers reach out to community in benefits battle

The University of Iowa graduate student union is asking the public to speak out at Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, sending out the message that “our cause is everyone’s cause.” “All workers are in it together, and all workers need to lift each other up,” said Landon Elkind, president of the Campaign to Organize […]

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Dean’s comments provide little comfort to graduate student union

A generally supportive statement from Graduate College Dean John Keller has done little to quell the concerns of graduate student union leaders at the University of Iowa, who are leading several initiatives to preserve their collective bargaining rights, as well as their health care, tuition and fees benefits. “The UI values the work of our […]

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Graduate student union joins collective bargaining fight with Des Moines rally tomorrow

Some University of Iowa graduate students are joining union leaders for a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow as part of a multi-pronged effort to stand up for preserving their current health care benefits, as well as scholarships for tuition and fees. The Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) is organizing a rally that departs […]

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Iowans urged to join Dakota Access Pipeline petition drive

BOLD Iowa, an Iowa group supporting renewable energy options, is pushing to make sure Iowa is included in a federal review of how the Dakota Access Pipeline will affect the environment. The group is asking people across the state to sign its petition in time for a Feb. 20 deadline set by the U.S. Army […]

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Women’s Marches in Des Moines and around the globe unified diverse groups, not just ‘anti-Trump’

For women like Kate Casaletto and Erin Duncan, two North Liberty moms who helped found the activist group Action Iowa, there was little discomfort in touting sharply worded signs along with an estimated 26,000 other marchers in Des Moines Saturday. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people,” read Casaletto’s sign on one side; […]

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