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Minnesota Senate Democrats call on Vikings owners to address wage theft claims

BY: - May 26, 2022

Twenty-five Minnesota Senate Democrats are calling on the Wilf family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, to take “strong and swift action” in response to allegations of wage theft at their 200-acre development in Eagan. As first reported by the Minnesota Reformer, more than two dozen workers say they’re still owed more than $100,000 in wages […]

Planned Parenthood workers in five states announce intent to unionize

BY: - May 26, 2022

Frontline health care workers at Planned Parenthood North Central States announced their intent to unionize on Thursday, saying they want higher wages, more staff and a greater voice in how the organization is run. “I spend my days listening to my patients and caring for them. I need to know my employer will do the […]

Gay teacher forced to quit after being outed by a blackmailer on Facebook

BY: - May 25, 2022

A gay music teacher was forced to resign from a Lutheran school in Iowa earlier this year after someone hacked his phone and posted personal information about him to Facebook. Matthew Gerhold was hired by Valley Lutheran High School in Cedar Valley last summer as the school’s music teacher. According to state records, he informed […]

Company agrees to $10K fine for worker deaths

BY: - May 25, 2022

A North Carolina company did not alert its employees to nearby high-voltage, underground power lines before they dug to install fiber optic cable in Pella in 2020, according to a recent lawsuit by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. As a result, two workers were electrocuted when a jackhammer struck the 12,470-volt electrical line at an […]

Central Iowa company accused of acting as a front for Chinese manufacturer

BY: - May 24, 2022

A central Iowa business is being sued in federal court for allegedly claiming that its Chinese-made products, which collect data on critical infrastructure that’s buried underground, are produced in the United States. Digital Control Inc., or DCI, which is based in the state of Washington, is suing Underground Magnetics of Johnston, Iowa, in U.S. District […]

State’s oldest workplace misconduct cases have been pending 1,200 days

BY: - May 24, 2022

The state of Iowa has at least three workplace misconduct complaints that have been pending for more than three years, the director of the Department of Administrative Services told members of the Iowa Senate on Tuesday. State Sen. Janet Petersen had asked the department about a month ago how many cases it had pending involving […]

Iowa fast-food worker’s wage lawsuit survives in U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - May 23, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a small, but potentially significant, victory to a fast-food worker from Iowa. The court did not address the basic premise of Robyn Morgan’s lawsuit – that the Taco Bell restaurant she worked for had violated wage-and-hour laws. The court did, however, address a procedural issue that could have […]

COMMENTARY

In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?

BY: - May 21, 2022

By Mark Copelovitch The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the […]

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 3% in April

BY: - May 20, 2022

The percentage of Iowa’s workforce that is unemployed continues to fall and is nearing its pre-pandemic level, according to an Iowa Workforce Development report on Friday. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3% in April, down from a peak of 10.5% two years ago. That rate was about 2.6% in the months that preceded the […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers disagree on how to address baby formula shortage

BY: - May 20, 2022

Iowa’s representatives joined in bipartisan support to aid veterans and members of the armed forces in re-entering the workforce, as well as advancing breast cancer treatment technology for female veterans. Before the House goes on a two-week break, lawmakers also voted on legislation to allocate additional funds to respond to the baby formula shortage.  Iowa […]

Federal law mandates Iowans’ firing, while state law provides jobless benefits

BY: - May 18, 2022

Two Iowa health care workers fired for violating a federal law requiring them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have been awarded jobless benefits due to a state law that ensures such workers can still collect unemployment. In one case, a judge noted that while the worker could have kept her job by simply claiming a […]

17 Iowa dog breeders are ranked among the worst in the nation

BY: - May 16, 2022

An Iowa dog breeder who admitted killing some of his unwanted dogs with stomach injections and then leaving them alone in their cages to die is among the Iowans listed in the Humane Society of the United States’ annual list of the nation’s 100 worst dog breeders. As in years past, Iowa has the second-highest […]