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Lori Lindner

South Slope responds to CWA union charges

Labor Relations Board to investigate claims of unfair labor practices

NORTH LIBERTY– Representatives from South Slope Communications Cooperative and bargaining representatives from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union are communicating with officials from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to settle complaints of unfair labor practices filed against the company.

A circle of support

Prison Ministries provides volunteers who serve as individual mentors

JOHNSON COUNTY– Tammy has been in and out of prison five times.
Raised in an impoverished household with three younger siblings and a mother who would disappear for weeks at a time, stealing food, diapers and formula at the neighborhood grocery store became a regular necessity. When Tammy’s mother was around, she was frequently accompanied by men, each more violently abusive than the last. By the time Tammy was removed from the home, after she and her older sister had been sexually assaulted, using drugs to ease the pain and smooth the scars had become a matter of survival.

NL reduces projected shortfall

Administration presents budget that is $57,000 below revenues

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s budget picture is much rosier than the last time it was presented.

Expect miracles, droll humor in collection of tales

NL author releases book

NORTH LIBERTY– Local author Patrick Irelan doesn’t expect everyone to believe in miracles.
But if he piques your imagination or wonderment, he will consider that praise enough.
Miracles– of both the everyday and inexplicable sorts– intertwine Irelan’s recently-released collection of short stories, “The Miracle Boy,” published by Ice Cube Press.

What we have is a failure to communicate

Stalled labor negotiations lead to public blame, dispute, union rally

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While workers have returned to their positions at South Slope Cooperative Communications, they have done so under a company-crafted contract that has not been adopted by the workers’ union.
The lack of a negotiated agreement has created mounting tensions between union bargaining representatives and management since the previous contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2013.
Last Thursday, Jan. 23, employees organized a rally and press conference at the North Liberty Community Center, to bring public attention to the situation.

Committee announces big-haired entertainment for TiffinFest 2014

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Expect TiffinFest 2014 to be a bit bigger this year.
Bigger crowds; a bigger carnival.
Bigger hair.
Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala in Tiffin, and council member Mark Petersen announced last Wednesday that the headline act for this year’s TiffinFest will be Hairball, a 1980s rock tribute band.