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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 strongly encourages our members to attend legislative forums held by all legislators.

After clicking "Read More," you will find lists of legislative forums created by the party caucuses in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. We are providing these links as a resource to you.

To view the forum lists, click "Read More" below and then look under “Additional Resources” at the bottom of the page.

The lists include forums in Akron, Algona, Altoona, Ames, Arlington, Bedford, Burlington, Carson, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Chariton, Charles City, Cherokee, Clarinda, Corning, Corydon, Council Bluffs, Creston, Cumberland, Davenport, Decorah, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Glenwood, Hawarden, Independence, Iowa City, Jesup, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Kingsley, Knoxville, Lansing, Le Mars, Lenox, Leon, Lewis, Luana, Malvern, Manchester, Manly, Marne, Marshalltown, Mason City, Maynard, Merrill, Monroe, Mount Ayr, Muscatine, Nevada, New Hampton, Newton, Northwood, Oakland, Oelwein, Orange City, Osceola, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Red Oak, Rock Valley, Sheldon, Shenandoah, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Strawberry Point, Urbandale, Waukon, West Burlington, and Winthrop.

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January 18, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Today, our nation remembers the leadership, the accomplishments, and the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our nation owes Dr. King a debt of gratitude for his struggle against injustice, for fighting for working men and women, for fighting for Labor Unions and for fighting for equality for all.

Our Union’s tie with Dr. King is a special one. When Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, he was there to support the members of AFSCME Local 1733 who were sanitation workers that were striking for safe working conditions (after a sanitation worker was crushed in the back of a garbage truck) and to have their Union recognized by the city. They were fighting for dignity and respect on the job.

I urge you to read this 1968 AFSCME publication talking about the strike as it was ongoing. When you consider what the strikers went through to gain the right to a Union and the fact that Dr. King gave his life while there in support of their cause, it becomes obvious that labor rights and human rights are intertwined.

I would also encourage you to take some time to read Dr. King’s “I’ve been to the Mountain Top” speech. He delivered it in Memphis the day before he was assassinated. Even if you have read it before, read it again. It’s powerful, moving, and a piece of our history as Americans and AFSCME members that we should never forget. We should take his message to heart and never pass up the “opportunity to make America a better nation.”

Let’s learn from Dr. King’s example and make sure to put that lesson into practice in our lives.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

January 17, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Early this morning AFSCME Local 3015 member John Sorenson’s wife and three young children were tragically killed in a house fire while John was at work. John is a Correctional Officer at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

This is a heartbreaking loss for John and his family.

As an AFSCME member John is part of our AFSCME family and we are here to support him in his time of need. I am asking AFSCME members, if they so wish to, to make a donation to our brother John Sorenson to help with unexpected expenses during this extremely difficult time.

Donations to assist John Sorenson can be sent to the Council Office in the form of checks. Checks should be made out to AFSCME Iowa Council 61. Make sure to put “John Sorenson” in your check’s memo line. Checks should be mailed to AFSCME Iowa Council 61, 4320 NW 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313. We will make sure John Sorenson receives the funds donated.

I am proud of how AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members look after and support our fellow Union Brothers and Sisters.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please keep John Sorenson and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Tuesday, March 8th:
Legislative Conference Reception

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Airport Holiday Inn
6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, March 9th:
Legislative Conference

Registration Starts at 8:00 AM
Conference Starts Promptly at 9:00 AM
at the Airport Holiday Inn

To RSVP for the Conference:
Call 515—246—1517 x. 620
or
USE THIS RSVP FORM.

Please RSVP using a personal phone/computer/e-mail from a non-work location during non-work hours.

To make your hotel reservation, you should contact the hotel and make your own reservation. Say you are with the “AFSCME Legislative Conference.”

Airport Holiday Inn
6111 Fleur Dr,
Des Moines, IA 50321
(515) 287-2400

January 11, 2016

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members enrich and strengthen their communities in many ways, both on and off the job. One of those ways is through charitable donations made by AFSCME Iowa Council 61 locals during the holiday season.

This list includes over $48,850 in donations to charitable causes. These donations have or will assist countless struggling Iowa families in many ways.

In addition to the donations listed below, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is a major sponsor of Toys for Tots in the KCCI viewing area. AFSCME members from many locals collected and donated toys and cash to Toys for Tots and other local charities.

Thank you to all AFSCME members and locals that took part in these charitable efforts.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61
 
(Note: we are continuing to learn of additional donations. This list will be updated as we become aware of those donations).

Donations made by Locals:

  • AFSCME Local 12 (University of Iowa) donated $250 to the Homeless Children’s Trust.
  • AFSCME Local 183 (Johnson County, City of Iowa City, City of Coralville, and City of Tiffin) donated $500 to the Homeless Children’s Trust, $500 to Table to Table, $500 to the Crisis Center of Johnson County, $250 to the North Liberty Food Bank, and $150 to the Tiffin Food Bank.
  • AFSCME Local 212 (City of Sioux City and Sioux City Community Schools Bus Drivers) donated $1,000 to Mr. Goodfellow, a charity that assists underprivileged kids in the Siouxland area. Local 212 also donated $300 for gifts for three children through the Holiday Giving Tree.
  • AFSCME Local 231 (Linn County and City of Marion) donated $50 to Toys for Tots and $100 for Hawkeye Labor Council food baskets for families in need.
  • AFSCME Local 451 (Newton Correctional Facility and Iowa Correctional Institution for Women) donated $10,000 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 525 (Clarinda Correctional Facility) donated $150 to the Adams County Toy Fund, $150 to Operation Blessing in Page County, $150 to Operation Santa in Fremont County, $150 to the Mayor’s Tree in Taylor County, $150 to Montgomery County Toys for Tots, and $150 to the Mills County Storehouse.
  • AFSCME Local 616 (Wapello County Secondary Roads) donated $50 to the Workingman’s Christmas Club.
  • AFSCME Local 887 (City of Davenport) donated $500 to King’s Harvest, Inc.
  • AFSCME Local 888 (City of Clinton and Jackson County) donated $250 to the Benevolent Society in Clinton, $250 to the Salvation Army, and $250 to Pantries United.
  • AFSCME Local 1014 (Shelby County, City of Harlan, and Harlan Municipal Utilities) donated $500 to a local food pantry and donated to adopt a family in need.
  • AFSCME Local 1141 (Ottumwa Community Schools) donated $100 to Workingman’s Christmas, $100 to the Cardinal High School Robotics Team, and $500 to the Ottumwa High School Marching Band to perform at the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
  • AFSCME Local 1367 (City of Mason City) donated $100 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 1796 (Humboldt County) donated $500 to the Humboldt Ministerial Association Food Bank.
  • AFSCME Local 1868 (Polk County and City of Ankeny) donated $1,000 in toys to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 1998 (City of Centerville) donated $100 to a family in need to buy gifts for their four children.
  • AFSCME Local 2051 (Prairie Meadows) donated $1,000 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 2659 (University of Northern Iowa) donated over $2,700 in toys to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 2840 (Jasper County) donated $500 to Toys for Tots and $500 to the Manhattan St. Nick’s Christmas Club.
  • AFSCME Local 2984 (Iowa Veterans Home) donated $1,000 to CIRSI (a facility for adults with mental disabilities), $1,000 to the Salvation Army, $1,000 to the Marshall County Emergency Food Box, $1,000 to House of Compassion, and $250 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 2985 (Iowa Medical and Classification Center) donated $5,000 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 2987 (Independence Mental Health Institute) donated $500 to the Independence Food Pantry and $500 to Operation Santa.
  • AFSCME Local 2988 (Eldora Training School) donated $60 in gift cards to Tiger Pack, an afterschool program.
  • AFSCME Local 2989 (Iowa State Penitentiary) donated to a local food pantry and to DecHands.
  • AFSCME Local 2990 (Woodward Resource Center) opened its doors for a community Thanksgiving Dinner for everyone in the community, including those who have to work on Thanksgiving or cannot afford a Thanksgiving meal. Local 2990 also made a donation to the Woodward Volunteer Fire Department and collected canned goods for the local food bank and donated grocery gift cards to people in the community who are in need.
  • AFSCME Local 2993 (Cherokee Mental Health Institute) donated $200 to the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for patient’s Christmas.
  • AFSCME Local 2997 (DOT District I – Ames) donated $250 to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 2998 (DOT District II – Mason City) donated $500 in toys to Toys for Tots.
  • AFSCME Local 3009 (Waterloo Area) donated $250 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, $250 to House of Hope, and $250 to Feed My Starving Children.
  • AFSCME Local 3011 (Davenport Area) donated $300 to Toys for Tots and $250 to a local no kill animal shelter.
  • AFSCME Local 3018 (Ottumwa Area) donated $350 to Blessings Soup Kitchen, $150 to Everyone’s an Elf in Washington County, $150 to Jefferson County Lord’s Cupboard, $150 to Appanoose County Food Bank, and $100 to the Independent Trikers for their free Christmas Dinner in Davis County.
  • AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 1 (Community Based Corrections: 1st Judicial Department of Correctional Services) donated $25 to Adopt a Child and donated a $25 gift card to the Special Olympics.
  • AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5 (Community Based Corrections: 5th Judicial Department of Correctional Services) donated $434 to the Animal Rescue League, $434 to the Family Violence Center (Children and Families of Iowa), $434 to the Family Enrichment Center, and $434 to the Food Bank of Iowa.
  • AFSCME Local 3450 (Capitol Complex) donated $5,000 to Toys for Tots, $1,500 the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor Food Baskets, $500 to Parks Community Thanksgiving, and $1,000 to the Food Bank of Iowa.
  • AFSCME Local 3489 (Waverly Light & Power) donated $1,000 to AMVETS and $500 to the Bremer-Butler Crisis Fund.
  • AFSCME Local 3576 (Cedar Falls Municipal Utilities) donated to Operation Threshold.
  • AFSCME Local 3642 (Council Bluffs Water Works and City of Carter Lake) donated $200 to Goodfellows.
  • AFSCME Local 3861 (Des Moines Water Works, West Des Moines Water Work, Warren County Road, City of Johnston, City of Carlisle Public Works, and City of West Des Moines) was a sponsor of Jolly Holiday Lights, which benefits Make-a-Wish Iowa. AFSCME Local 3861 also donated $300 to Toys for Tots and $240 to South Central Iowa Federation of Labor Food Baskets.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 has a job opening for a Union Representative. This is a professional-level position that is responsible for providing a broad array of technical and administrative services to affiliated local Unions, local Union officers, and Union members, in the process of carrying out the representational duties of the Union.

This position will cover Southeast Iowa and will be headquartered in an office maintained in the employee’s home. The employee must live within their assigned staff area (Southeast Iowa). This position reports to, and works under the general supervision of the President and the Chief of Staff of AFSCME Iowa Council 61.

Applications and resumes must be postmarked by Thursday, February 11, 2016 and should be sent to Mark Frymoyer at the Council Office (AFSCME Iowa Council 61, 4320 NW 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313).

If anyone has questions about this job opening, they should contact Mark Frymoyer, Chief of Staff, at 515-246-2626 or mfrymoyer@afscmeiowa.org.

For full job description and to download an application, click "Read more" below.

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January 7, 2015

During the holiday season, AFSCME Local 1796 donated $500 to the Humboldt County Ministerial Association Food Pantry. In the picture, AFSCME Local 1796 treasurer Carlene Blomker (right) presents the donation to food pantry volunteers Mary Dahl (left) and Nancy Johansen (center). Photo courtesy of the Humboldt Independent.

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January 7, 2015

This holiday season, AFSCME Local 525 collected donations for Operation Blessing. Check out all those toys!

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January 5, 2016

Recently, AFSCME Local 1127 donated $50 to the Guttenberg Police Department's Christmas Family Fund. The fund helps bring holiday gifts to families in need.

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December 31, 2015

AFSCME Local 2987 is fighting hunger this holiday season! Recently, they donated $500 to the Independence Food Pantry!

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Photo courtesy of the Independence Bulletin Journal.

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December 31, 2015

AFSCME Local 2987 is spreading joy this holiday season! Recently, they donated $500 to Operation Santa!

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Photo courtesy of the Independence Bulletin Journal.

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December 30, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I have a good feeling about the coming year. After all, how could you not be optimistic about 2016 when it starts with the Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl!

In all seriousness, it can be easy to get pessimistic about things over the course of a year. Day in and day out our Union fights the good fight. We fight on behalf of our AFSCME brothers and sisters, our families, and our communities. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, and sometimes the meaning of an outcome is not clear right away. I think that our sense of family and solidarity is part of the reason that we stick together and have so many more wins as a Union than losses.

Returning to Iowa Hawkeyes football (can you tell where my mind is?), I like to think that AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is a bit like this year’s team. The Hawkeyes have some great players that are known nationwide – but they are not a roster that is filled top to bottom with the very best recruits like some programs. What’s made this year’s team special is a combination of talent, teamwork, practice, and execution.

By working together as a Union, we’ve overcome many challenges. Our Union isn’t me and it isn’t you. It’s all of us working together.

Please have a safe and happy new year! And Go Hawkeyes!

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

December 23, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The holiday season is a joyous time for many of us. Pretty lights, gifts, family, and folks in big red suits. Personally, I think that the spirit of this season makes the holidays one of the best parts of the year.

Recently, a friend sent me an article about a different sort of story from 102 years ago. On Christmas Eve in 1913, striking copper miners and their families in Michigan gathered for a Christmas Party. The night ended in tragedy when someone, allegedly a strikebreaker, falsely yelled “fire” and caused a deadly stampede.

While the story was very sad to read, I took some lessons from it. Even though those strikers and their families were going through a very trying time, they still gathered to celebrate that Christmas Eve. Like our Union, they were more than just a labor organization, they were a family.

Reading this story was a somber reminder that the labor rights we enjoy today did not come easily. We owe an immense debt to those who struggled before us.

This holiday season, let’s all remember that many of the benefits we enjoy were fought for by other Union members, the benefits we enjoy were not given to us, this Union fought for every benefit we enjoy and we may need to fight to keep them in the future. And when things get difficult, let’s remember that we aren’t just fighting for our own families but those that will follow us in the future.

Thank you to those across our state and nation who are working these holidays for the benefit of all our families. Thank you to those servicemembers who are overseas at this time protecting our freedom and all those who did so in years past. Thank you to the many who take the time during the holiday season to help the less fortunate. Thanks to the many AFSCME MEMBERS and AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Staff members that worked to make Christmas brighter for many kids all across Iowa through the Toys for Tots campaign and other local charities.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

In Solidarity,


Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

December 21, 2015

AFSCME Local 3018 is proud to support the Appanoose County Food Bank with a $150 donation. In this photo, Randy Esser presents the check to the food bank.

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December 21, 2015

AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5 is proud to donate to the Family Violence Center of Children and Families of Iowa. In this photo, Mary Avaux presents AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5's $434 donation.

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December 21, 2015

AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5 is proud to support the Animal Rescue League. Their $434 donation will help the ARL care for dogs, cats, and other critters and find them happy homes!

In the photo, Shelly Silver presents the donation to the Animal Rescue League. Click "Read more" to view a larger version of the image.

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December 21, 2015

AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5 is fighting hunger this holiday season with a $434 donation to the Food Bank of Iowa! In this picture, Julie Thompson presents the check to the Food Bank of Iowa.

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December 21, 2015

AFSCME Local 3289, Chapter 5 is spreading the holiday spirit of giving! They recently donated $434 to the Family Enrichment Center. The photo shows Shelly Silver presenting the donation.

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December 18, 2015

AFSCME Local 3861 members came by today to drop off some toys that members had collected for Toys for Tots! Those toys are going to make a lot of kids happy!

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December 18, 2015

AFSCME Local 3018 spread some holiday cheer by making a $150 donation to Jefferson County Lord's Cupboard.

In the picture, AFSCME Local 3018 member Jerry Leonard presents the donation. Click "Read more" to see a larger version of the image.

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December 17, 2015

DES MOINES –AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision today on the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing Plan:

“All across Iowa, we have been hearing about the massive confusion that has been caused by Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing Plan. We are pleased that CMS has delayed the implementation of a transition for sixty days; the Branstad-Reynolds Administration is clearly not ready to implement any sort of changes at this time. The Branstad-Reynolds Administration needs to listen to Medicaid consumers. The health care of those counting on Medicaid must come first as CMS continues to evaluate the Branstad-Reynolds plan.”

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December 17, 2015

AFSCME Local 3018 donated $150 to Everyone's an Elf in Washington County. This program buys and wraps gifts for families in need and older Iowans that would otherwise be alone or homebound this holiday season.

Pictured on the left is Mark Zickefoose of AFSCME Local 3018 presenting the donation to Teresa Todd. Click "Read more" to view a larger version of the image.

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December 17, 2015

Today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette features a story about AFSCME Local 3289 member Juan Santiago’s efforts to collect holiday gifts for kids at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s Shelter.

It’s a very moving story and we encourage you to take a moment to read it.

Thank you to Juan for all you do to help your community.

December 16, 2015

Today, Ralph Renteria (pictured left) and Kevin Trevillyan (pictured right) brought in all these toys collected for ?Toys for Tots? by members of AFSCME Local 3861! Way to go!

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December 15, 2015

AFSCME Local 451 is donating $10,000 to Toys for Tots! Today, Todd Givens presented the donation at KCCI!

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December 15, 2015

AFSCME Local 2659 donated over $2,700 in toys to Toys to Tots!

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December 8, 2015

The United Staff Union of Iowa, which represents the staff of AFSCME Iowa Council 61, is proud to support Toys for Tots by donating toys!

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December 5, 2015

AFSCME Local 3450 is excited to donate $5,000 to Toys for Tots!

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December 4, 2014

AFSCME Local 3018 is taking part in the holiday spirit of giving! In this picture, AFSCME member Bonnie Eggers presents a $350 donation to Gary Smith and Sheri Locke of Blessings Soup Kitchen in Ottumwa.

Photo Credit: Matt Milner, Ottumwa Courier.

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December 3, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS – Today, AFSCME Local 2985 donated $5,000 to Toys for Tots at an event at KGAN CBS-2 in Cedar Rapids.

A photo of the check presentation is included with this post (click "Read more" to view a larger picture). Pictured from left to right are:

Kelly D'Ambrosio (CBS-2 Anchor), Marty Hathaway (AFSCME Local 2985 President), Jason Moats (AFSCME Local 2985 Vice President), Brian Burch (AFSCME Local 2985 Treasurer), Michele Matt (Toys for Tots representative), and Lia Pontarelli (Salvation Army representative).

“Our donation will help bring joy to many children during the holidays. We are proud to support the mission of Toys for Tots,” said AFSCME Local 2985 President Marty Hathaway.

The donation is a continuation of efforts made by Local 2985 in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2011, several AFSCME Local 2985 members returned from military deployments. When the local’s membership asked how to best honor these returning veterans, the veterans asked the local to make donations to Toys for Tots.

In Iowa, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).

AFSCME Local 2985 represents employees at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center, which is part of the Iowa Department of Corrections.

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December 2, 2015

In this video, AFSCME members talk about the disaster that is the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing Plan.

Please watch the video and then click here to tell the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reject the Medicaid outsourcing plan!

November 25, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family that is always there for me. I have the honor of serving as your Council president; every day I am able to work with my AFSCME sisters and brothers to better the lives of our families and strengthen our communities, our state, and our nation.

Thanksgiving is not just a time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. It is also a time to think about how we can show our thanks and help those that are less fortunate. Once again, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is proud to be a sponsor of Toys for Tots in the KCCI viewing area. Also, many AFSCME Iowa Council 61 locals are involved in Toys for Tots and other charitable endeavors in their area. There are also Central Labor Councils that our members participate in that are taking part in efforts to assist those in need. I urge you to get involved in one of these efforts in your area; together, we can show the generous spirit of AFSCME members.

Another thing to think about is why there are so many in need. Over the past several decades, Americans have been increasingly confronting an economy that is out of balance. Rules have been manipulated by powerful corporations and CEOs to their benefit and at the expense of working people seeking to be paid fairly for the work they do. Our Union is at the forefront of the fight to change the rules and restore economic stability for American families. When a brother or sister asks you get more involved in our Union, please say yes – or even better, step up to the plate by volunteering.

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, you can also be conscious of fairness for working people when you shop. I urge you to avoid these retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. While I understand that many workers have to work on Thanksgiving to provide essential public services (thank you to all AFSCME members working on Thanksgiving) or are working on Thanksgiving under a fairly negotiated collective bargaining agreement, that is not the case for these retailers. When you do your holiday shopping, please support Union-Made products (you can find a great list here) or small local businesses whenever you can do so.

Please have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

November 16, 2015

Don Strong is proud to protect his community as a police officer. After working for several other police departments in Iowa and nine years of service in the Iowa National Guard, Don became a University of Iowa Police Officer in February and an AFSCME Local 12 member soon after.

On October 29th, Officer Strong was on patrol when he stopped a vehicle with a broken brake light. After speaking with the driver, he realized that none of the six children in the car were properly restrained.

Officer Strong could have written the family a ticket of up to $1,200. However, he realized that citing the family $1,200 “wouldn’t have made them any safer” and would have made it even more difficult for the family to afford the needed car seats.

Instead, Officer Strong decided the best way to keep the children safe was to purchase car seats for the family out of his own pocket. He knew that this decision would be “best for the children” and their family as they headed out on a long trip back to their home in Georgia.

“I knew what kind of car seats I needed; I am a child passenger seat technician,” said Officer Strong.

After purchasing the seats from a store, he installed the four seats and showed the family how to properly secure the children in the seats.

His AFSCME brothers and sisters are very proud of Officer Strong. “His actions on the day in question demonstrate the sort of great work on behalf of our communities that public sector employees do every day,” said Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Iowa Council 61.

Officer Strong looks forward to continuing his work as University of Iowa Police Officer. He noted that the University is a large, unique setting where it’s interesting and fulfilling to work in law enforcement. He also stressed that the support that he gets from his AFSCME brothers and sisters helps him do his work: “being union is great, knowing that my fellow Union members are there for me is very reassuring.”

November 9, 2015

AFSCME Local 1868 is proud to support Toys for Tots. Look at all those toys their local is donating!

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November 8, 2015

AFSCME Local 212 donated $1,000 to Mr. Goodfellow, a charity in Siouxland that brings joy to area children during the holidays. Check out the profile of their donation in the Sioux City Journal!

November 7, 2015

Our activism is making a difference! The federal government recently expressed concerns about the Branstad-Reynolds plan to outsource the management of Medicaid in Iowa.

However, this is only the first step and we cannot stop now! We need to keep telling the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reject the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing plan.

Even if you have already submitted a letter to CMS, please do so again and help us stress how important this is to the lives of Iowans.

We can help stop this Branstad-Reynolds mess that will affect the health care of 560,000 Iowans. Click here to send your letter to CMS officials today!

Please make sure to use personal contact information from a personal computer/phone outside of work during non-work hours when contacting CMS.

October 28, 2015

AFSCME Local 2985 Donates to Patriot Guard Riders

CORALVILLE – Today, AFSCME Local 2985 presented an $1100 donation from their memorial fund to the Patriot Guard Riders at an event at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Steve Cox, the Patriot Guard Riders Iowa State Captain, was on hand to accept the donation.

“Patriot Guard Riders help the families of heroes preserve a dignified environment for families to pay their respects to their lost loved ones. We are proud to support the Patriot Guard Riders and their mission,” said AFSCME Local 2985 President Marty Hathaway.

Above is a picture from the event. Pictured left to right are: Chad Sauser (AFSCME Local 2985 Member), Steve Cox (Iowa Patriot Guard State Captain), Marty Hathaway (AFSCME Local 2985 President), Leann DeVos-Techau (AFSCME Local 2985 Executive Board Member), and Danny Homan (AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President).

The Patriot Guard Riders is an non-profit organization of motorcycle riders “which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans.” You can learn more about their mission and history on their website.

AFSCME Local 2985’s memorial fund was started many years ago by the membership. When a family member of a member passes away, the local puts $25.00 into the fund and at the end of the year the local looks for an organization to donate the money to in the names of the people that passed away that year so that their memory can live on.

In Iowa, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees and private sector employees. AFSCME Local 2985 represents employees at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center, which is part of the Iowa Department of Corrections.


October 22, 2015

We are AFSCME Iowa Council 61 and we are AFSCME Strong! Check out this video featuring eighteen of your sisters and brothers! Contact your Union Representative or an Organizer to find out how you can get involved in AFSCME Strong!

October 16, 2015

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is once again a major sponsor of Toys for Tots in the KCCI viewing area. Here is a list of Toys for Tots events:

Sunday, November 29th 7:00 PM 
Oakridge Boys Concert @ Hoyt Sherman in Des Moines

Saturday, December 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Mills Fleet Farm Toyland

Tuesday, December 15 All Day
KCCI Studios
Toys for Tots Tuesday

October 7, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Branstad-Reynolds Administration is continuing to barrel ahead with its rushed effort to outsource the management of Medicaid in Iowa to for-profit corporations. The situation is a mess. The winning bidders have faced “serious charges of fraud or mismanagement” according to the Des Moines Register. The individual CDAC providers represented by our Union have already received inaccurate information from one of the corporations selected by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration.

However, you can help stop this. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds need the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve their plan. We need you to tell the federal government to say “no” to a rushed, poorly thought out plan that affects the health care of 560,000 Iowans.

No other state has made this transition in such a tight time frame. The Branstad-Reynolds Administration is once again putting the health of Iowans at-risk for a political agenda.

Our Union’s Action Network makes it possible to send a letter to several key CMS decision makers with just a couple clicks. Act now to send a clear message saying No to Medicaid Outsourcing!

Let’s stand up to the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid Outsourcing scheme!

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

P.S. Several state legislators will be holding public meetings to raise awareness of the issues surrounding Medicaid outsourcing. The meetings will be held in Mason City, Independence, Mt. Pleasant, Marshalltown, Marion, Burlington and Muscatine. Click here for a schedule. We urge you to attend one if you can.

October 2, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

It was with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Marty Beil, the long-time executive director of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24. He passed away last night at his home. Marty led Council 24 from 1985 through his retirement in June 2015. He led the charge in taking on Scott Walker and his attacks on AFSCME members and working men and women in Wisconsin. Marty was a dedicated Union Brother and a personal friend to many of us here in Iowa. We were honored to be able to present him with a Friend of AFSCME Award at our last AFSCME Iowa Council 61 convention. He will be missed; we will never forget him, his activism, and all the lives he changed for the better. Rest in Peace our Brother and friend.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

August 16, 2015

The Summer Issue of our newsletter, the Iowa Unionist, is available for download. This issue includes 36 photos from the 19th Biennial Convention of AFSCME Iowa Council 61!

Click "Read more" to reach a page where you can download it.

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