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DES MOINES - AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to yet another correctional officer and nurse being attacked by an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC):


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DES MOINES - AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to recent charges against a patient at the Independence Mental Health Institute:


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DES MOINES - AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to Iowa Senate Republicans' proposal to cut $52 million from the state's budget mid-fiscal year:


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DES MOINES, IA – Theresa Greenfield for Congress is proud to announce that Theresa has received the endorsement of the AFSCME Council 61 PEOPLE Committee in her campaign for Iowa’s Third Congressional District.


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DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the nurse who was beaten by an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville on Friday, November 24, 2017:



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A Thanksgiving Day Message from the President

November 23, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In hard times, it takes a great deal of intention to focus on the many things we have to be thankful for. I hope that this holiday season, you will count your blessings and make them a priority in your daily life.

I also hope you will remember that, while some of us have Thanksgiving as a time to rest and relax, many are hard at work. In our Union, many are working in order to keep the public and vulnerable Iowans safe. Unfortunately, others are working simply because their retail employers are focused on the profits to be made on Thanksgiving Day. These employees are often paid low wages and risk losing their job if they don’t work holiday hours. I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving Day, and encourage you to do the same. Voting with your wallet is a powerful thing, so please remember those employers who choose to give their workers the day off, and those who do not.

Please also remember our service men and women who are away from their families this holiday season serving our country and keeping us safe. May they know how thankful we are for them.

Today, I am thankful for my country, my family, our Union, my friends, and each and every one of you. I wish you and your family a safe, warm, and happy Thanksgiving.

In Solidarity,
Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Council 61



DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding today’s filing of an appeal to Chief Judge Gamble’s ruling on October 30th:


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A Veterans Day Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Last Veterans Day, I talked about the election results that left us all worried for our future. The year since then has certainly has had its share of ups and downs. It is those lowest moments that really put things in perspective, and the high points that remind us that all hope is not lost.

Each and every one of us is blessed to live in a nation with freedoms we often take for granted. As Americans, we owe that freedom to many who took part in the continuing process to make our nation a more perfect union: our founding fathers, the abolitionists, the suffragettes, the labor unionists, the civil rights activists, and the many who continue the push for justice and equality to this day. Today, we honor those who gave so much to protect our freedom: America’s veterans, both past and present.

Without the sacrifices of America’s veterans, our voices would be silenced and our protections erased. Beyond our nation’s borders, a significant portion of the world enjoys freedom and democracy thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans and the veterans of our allied nations.

On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to recognize any veterans you may know, as well as their families. Continue to recognize them on all the days to come by supporting the services and opportunities they need.

This Veterans Day, I will be thinking of all the veterans who are still with us, as well as the many who are not, and the many sacrifices they have made.


In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Council 61
United States Army, 1971-1973



DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan provided the following update on Department of Corrections activity following the officer stabbing on October 18th at the Iowa State Penitentiary:


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DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement following Judge Gamble’s ruling on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HF291:

“Today we were notified that our request for summary judgment was overruled by Chief District Judge Gamble of the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa.


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DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the results of the October recertification elections:

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RELEASE: Correctional Officer Stabbed Five Times by White Supremacist at Iowa State Penitentiary

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the stabbing of a Correctional Officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison:


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Recertification Elections were designed for workers to lose their contracts and for unions to suffer financially. If a vote fails (fewer than 50% +1 YES votes from ALL contract-covered employees), contracts will be immediately terminated by PERB and employees will not be eligible for union representation for at least two years. This means that both members and non-members need to vote YES for AFSCME representation in order to keep their contract - including pay, health insurance, and all other negotiated benefits. Voting YES has nothing to do with becoming a dues-paying member; it just means you want to keep your contract.


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A Labor Day Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

For so many of us, Labor Day is a time to kick back and spend time with friends and family. I don't know about you, but this year, things feel different - they are different. This time last year, we never could've predicted the magnitude of the attacks against working families that we saw this past legislative session.

This year, let's pause in solidarity with those who, instead of a long weekend off, are stuck working mandatory overtime without pay. Let's remember those who are facing uncertainty due to budget crises and hostile workplaces. Let's also pause for the members of the armed forces fighting for our freedom today and every day.

Remembering and reflecting are important, but we also need to take action. This Labor Day, stand up and ask local elected officials to do better than the anti-worker politicians at the Statehouse. In places where County Supervisors, City Councils, and School Boards HAVE passed resolutions in support of collective bargaining and public employees, thank them. In places where they haven't, encourage them to do so.

See, these are the small wins that, little by little, show those bought-and-paid-for politicians that their efforts failed; that workers are stronger than their special interest playbook of attacks. This Labor Day, let's work toward justice for all.

In Solidarity,
Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Council 61 

July 29, 2017
For Immediate Release
Mazie Stilwell, Communications Specialist
(515) 246-2637



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AFSCME Iowa Council 61 and four public employees are suing the State of Iowa, the State Court Administrator, and PERB over HF 291, the unconstitutional gutting of public sector collective bargaining in Iowa. 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

AFSCME members are proud of how we improve our communities. We do this every day through our work and through our involvement in our communities outside of work.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is partnering with Johnson County Public Health to promote smoking cessation among AFSCME members, their families, and our friends and neighbors all across Iowa.

Quitting smoking or chewing can be difficult, but Iowans don’t have to do it alone.

Did you know that Quitline Iowa has FREE tobacco cessation assistance available online or by phone for all Iowans?

Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a Quit Coach® to help them develop a quitting plan and determine if patches, nicotine gum or lozenges, or another medication would help them quit for good.

Quitting tobacco can save you money and save your life.

If you or someone you know could benefit from quitting tobacco, visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to learn more and enroll.

In Solidarity,

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Supported by DP13-1314 National Networks to Reduce Cancer and Tobacco Related Disparities.

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