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Learn How the Iowa Caucus Works! Next Class 01/05 – 02/03/2016


 Caucus ClassIt happens every four years. Iowa voters meet in churches, schools, even living rooms, to be part of the first-in-the-nation stop for US presidential hopefuls. The Iowa Caucuses have helped launch and end the aspirations of many candidates. This initial test in the presidential selection process will be the focus of a new massive open online course (MOOC) at Iowa State University, the Iowa Presidential Caucuses.

It’s Free!
The Iowa Presidential Caucuses MOOC is open to all free of charge. There will be four four-week, self-paced sessions, beginning in September 2015 and leading up to the Iowa Caucuses in early 2016.

Iowa Presidential Caucuses

Jan 5 – Feb 3, 2016

Cost per enrollment: Free

Sign up for this course today!

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Nominations Meeting Notice 05-17-2014 10:00 – 11:00 am

Nominiations Meeting 2014-05-17

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SEIU General Membership Meeting and Summer Cook Out! Sat. July 23, 2016




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Sign up for health care by 12/23

Get Ready for Quality,
Affordable Healthcare

As of October 1, millions of hardworking Americans are now able to sign up for high quality, lower-cost healthcare thanks to the healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. It’s easy to sign up, and if you or your family members do not have coverage at work, you may be eligible for financial assistance to lower your healthcare costs.

  • Check out to connect with your state’s marketplace or a local navigator who can help assess your healthcare needs, compare available plans, and get you signed up.
  • Or, call the national hotline at 1-800-318-2596 for answers
  • Find out if you qualify for low-cost coverage through Medicaid – you may be surprised to find out that you qualify now even if you did not in the past.

More than 100 million Americans have already gained greater health and financial security thanks to the Affordable Care Act. What can it do for you?

Now is the time to ask questions, get answers, and get covered. Coverage goes into effect January 1.

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Nurses Reach Out to Educate Communities in Iowa about the Healthcare Law

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National Day Against Low Pay – 12/5/13 Iowa City 12-1pm and Cedar Rapids 4-5pm


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 12/5/2013 – 2 Locations & Times

 IOWA CITY–12:00-1:00PM

  McDonald’s on S. Riverside/Benton St.

Iowa CIty Low-Wage Flyer 12-5-2013




Burger King on 33rd Avenue I-380 Exit

Cedar Rapids Low-Wage Flyer 12-5-2013


GET INVOLVED – Flyer – Low Pay Is Not OK – sign petition


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Furloughed Hospital Workers Protest Government Shutdown 10-9-2013

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Furloughed Hospital Workers Protest Government Shutdown


AFGE and SEIU Unions at Iowa City VA Picket Line to Support Furloughed Hospital Workers 10/9/2013.

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SEIU Nurses man First Aid Tent at ANNUAL Harkin Steak Fry 9-15-13


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SEIU Local 199 Nurses man the First Aid Tent at the Annual Harkin Steak Fry on 09-15-2013

Left to Right: Cathy Glasson (Local 199 Union President), Mary Burke, Ann Byrne, Scott Vick, and Pauline Taylor.

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SEIU Nurses at Sept.14th ACA Education Conference – served on ACA panel

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SEIU Local 199 President Cathy Glasson with SEIU Nurses Ann Byrne (2nd from right) and Pauline Taylor (far right) served at the 9/14/2013 ACA Education Conference.


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Go Vote Sept. 10th for School Board Candidates!

Go Vote September 10 School Board Candidates

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SEIU Local 199 is proud to be a founding affiliate member of CWJ!


The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ)  is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising standards for low-wage workers.  Formed in 2012 by a coalition of unions, churches, and community organizations, CWJ has already involved hundreds of low-wage workers in Know Your Rights classes and leadership training over the past year.

Part of our core mission is to bridge the gap between labor and communities, including the immigrant community, in order to build power for the working families and strengthen the voices of all working people.  Our efforts are supported by the Iowa Federation of Labor and the State Building and Construction Trades Council and organized labor is represented on the Board of Directors of the Center.

The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) is the first workers center in the State of Iowa.  It is affiliated with the national Interfaith Worker Justice network, a dynamic national network of dozens of centers with decades of experience in confronting workplace abuses of low-wage workers.  By standing with low-wage workers, we can put employers on notice that workplace abuses will not be tolerated in our communities.

SEIU Local 199 is proud to be a founding affiliate member of CWJ!

A CWJ recent  Know Your Rights class, Can My Landlord Do That? – Me Puede Hacer Eso Mi Propietario?” is an example of a class that empowers low-wage workers right here in Eastern Iowa.  Check the CWJ facebook events for upcoming classes and information.

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