Lights for Liberty vigils planned in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids

On Friday, July 12, the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project and El Trueque will host Iowa City’s Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps in College Green Park at 7 p.m. Cedar Rapids will also be holding a vigil, co-hosted by the Center for Worker Justice and Freedom for Immigrants Eastern Iowa, across from the Federal Courthouse. […]

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Updated: Benefit concert for the Center for Worker Justice at The Mill

The Iowa City-based Librarians for Social Justice have set up a benefit concert at The Mill tonight, Thursday, April 20 to raise money for the Center for Worker Justice, an affiliate of the national Interfaith Worker Justice network in Eastern Iowa. […]

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Photos: Rally protests legislation that would remove local control of minimum wage

A group of about 60 people gathered in the Iowa City Ped Mall Wednesday afternoon to voice their opposition to House File 295, a bill that would restrict local governments from regulating things like minimum wage. Opponents of the bill say it takes aim at ordinances passed in four Iowa counties, including Johnson County, to raise the local minimum wage. […]

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Iowa’s Fight for $15 readies itself for an uphill battle

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In a state that recently has been failing to live up to its progressive legacy, Iowans have joined the Fight for $15 movement, a national campaign launched by low-wage workers in New York City in 2012. The fight has a long history, including notable roots in Iowa, where workers at a Mason City McDonald’s […]

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Claims of wage theft, retaliation at UI Children’s Hospital worksite

When Silvia Williams left her home in Puerto Rico to work on the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, she was tempted by the opportunity to earn money for her family. She had received multiple calls from Rimax Contractors, a Georgia-based labor agency, recruiting her for the work. But upon arrival, she […]

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Fight for $15 an hour continues after Tuesday’s national day of disturbance

Thousands of workers marched in the streets of over 340 cities and 20 airports across the country on Tuesday demanding a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to a union during a national day of disturbance. In Iowa, that fight continues. Although a handful of counties have worked to increase the local […]

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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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Iowa City School Board votes against reinstating Stephanie Van Housen

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Iowa City Community School District Board Members narrowly voted against reinstating Stephanie Van Housen, former homeless liaison for the district, who was fired earlier this year. Discussion at the open meeting Tuesday night, which was packed with around 80 members of the public, centered around the reasons for Van Housen’s termination, and whether those reasons […]

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Wage theft rampant, Center for Worker Justice empowers restaurant workers to get paid

In 2015, the Johnson County Supervisors took the lead in the battle for a living wage, acting to raise the local wage in three steps to $10.10 by January 1, 2017. Now Linn, Polk, Wapello and other Iowa counties have joined the fight. But fair labor laws are only as strong as their enforcement. When these laws are violated in Iowa City, the […]

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