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Iowa Lawmakers Approve Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

Iowa lawmakers have approved a controversial measure that will severely limit collective bargaining for public workers.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

House File 291 passed on a party line vote of 53-to-47.  Once the bill had passed, several watching the proceedings shouted with anger after a failed attempt stop the chamber from going into recess.

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Coming up on this edition of The Exchange . . .. legislation at the statehouse has been moving fast, cutting budgets, cutting ties and possibly dismantling state workers collective bargaining system.  House and Senate Democrats are raising concerns about the bill. We’ll also take a look at the opposition to Republican efforts to standardize the minimum wage statewide.  Opponents say that could hurt workers in counties where the wage has already been raised.

Ultra Violet
Ally Karsyn

Meet Ultra Violet.

Angie Lambrecht–on vocals, acoustic guitar and feet percussion–is a full-time musician who performs and teaches lessons. Randall Wood–on keyboard–is a night-time emergency room doctor and runs a small business, called Azapaza, selling imported products from India, with his wife. Shawn Blomberg–on the bass guitar and sometimes ukulele–is a massage therapist. And Adrian Kolbo–on the electric guitar–is an event producer for the City of Sioux City.

Together, they are Ultra Violet.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

Check It Out: Winter's Bone

Feb 14, 2017

Rural noir—it’s a thing.  Sometimes called country noir, hillbilly noir, or even “hick lit”, these are stories of everyday people and the struggles they face in the harsh realities of rural life.  Often gritty and heart wrenching, these complex novels seek out the universal truths that connect our human experience, evoking a variety of emotions for the reader.  Today, I am recommending a book that has become a classic of this writing style—Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. 

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