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Labor Day Celebrations in Iowa

From better wages to the weekend to safe working conditions, all Iowans benefit today from the hard work of the labor movement over the years.  On Monday, September 3rd, we will again recognize the women and men who work in our factories, our hospitals, our restaurants, our cities, our schools, and everywhere that a service or product is produced or sold.

Labor Day has its roots in trade union celebrations in the 19th Century. Unions began choosing days to celebrate each year, and these celebrations grew until states began recognizing the days as state holidays.  These celebrations spread nationwide with many states adopting the holiday.  By the time congress passed Labor Day legislation, 23 states already had celebrations.

While we’ve made great progress in the last century improving the lives of workers, it’s important to recognize the new challenges Iowa workers face today.  Too many Iowa families are being squeezed by growing income inequality and wages that aren’t keeping up with the rising costs of raising a family. Too many hard working Iowans no longer have a say in their own workplace and don’t have health care or can’t afford to get sick or take care of a child who is sick because they won’t get paid.

Today, more than 80 countries worldwide celebrate Labor Day. To find Labor Day events near you visit:

Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter Regulations    

The Iowa Supreme court upheld an injunction from a district court judge and put a hold on new controversial early voting restrictions and misleading advertising by the Iowa Secretary of State.

The Supreme Court blocked provisions of the legislation that included misleading advertising by the Secretary of State and increased regulations on absentee ballot requests. Voters will still be asked to  show an ID in the November election but are not required to have one in order to vote.

The Supreme Court agreed with the district court that ruled that the state’s argument of providing more integrity to Iowa’s election fell flat by failing to prove a threat that these new regulations would solve.  The case was brought to court by an Iowa State student and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

The Supreme Court did overturn one of the district court decisions by returning the early voting period to 29 days as the legislation had initially stated, meaning Iowans will have 11 less days to vote early than in previous years.

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