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John Deere strike: Tom Vilsack meets striking workers, judge issues injunction against picketers and Iowa Republicans weigh in

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited a United Auto Workers (UAW) picket line outside the John Deere plant in Ankeny on Wednesday. The former Iowa governor showed support for the workers as the strike, which began at midnight on Oct. 14, finished its first week. “For too long in this country, we haven’t paid […]

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Thousands of John Deere workers strike, and Iowa Republican leaders ‘don’t have anything to say about it’

More than 6,000 John Deere workers in Iowa went on strike at midnight on Thursday, in the biggest labor action the state has seen in more than three decades. Contract negotiations between the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) — which represents Deere workers at its 14 plants across Iowa, Illinois, […]

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Criticizing Chuck Grassley for opposing ‘anything that moves us forward,’ Abby Finkenauer launches a run for Senate

Abby Finkenauer announced on Thursday she is running for Senate in 2022. Finkenauer, who now lives in Cedar Rapids, represented her hometown of Dubuque in the Iowa House for two terms before being elected to Congress from Iowa’s 1st District in Congress in 2018. Finkenauer had a quick rise in Iowa politics, becoming the second-youngest […]

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‘It’s time to let the next generation of Iowans take the reins’: Senate candidate Dave Muhlbauer meets with Iowa City Democrats

“What makes me unique to Iowa is that I’m not unique,” Dave Muhlbauer told the small group of Johnson County Democrats gathered on the makeshift patio behind George’s Buffet on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m an Iowan.” Muhlbauer, a farmer in western Iowa and a former member of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors, launched a nine-city […]

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