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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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DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement in response to Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix’s comments on sexual harassment in state government: Read more >>>

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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