Articles by David Pitt

Unions File OSHA Complaint Over No Mask Mandate at Iowa Capitol

A labor union representing state workers has filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration, arguing that a lack of a mask mandate at the Iowa Capitol threatens the safety of everyone who enters the building. Iowa …

Labor, Civil Rights Groups’ Lawsuit Claims Iowa Failed to Protect Workers

Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups have filed a federal complaint alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. The complaint filed with the federal Occupational …

USDA Plans $14B More in Virus Relief for Farmers

The federal government said on Sept. 18 that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of …

Iowa Coronavirus Cases Reach New Daily High of 1,475

Iowa set a new record for confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday with nearly 1,500 cases, far more than the previous high set in April. In the last 24 hours as of Thursday morning, Iowa recorded 1,475 confirmed cases, surpassing the April …

Report: Iowa Will Only Get Part of $4B Disaster Relief Request, for Now

President Donald Trump said he had signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to help supply federal money to help the state recover from an unusual wind storm that struck a week ago but federal emergency management officials later confirmed he …

Iowa Republicans Push to Limit Coronavirus Liability

Iowa Republican legislators are fast-tracking a bill that would give meatpacking plants, nursing homes and other businesses broad immunity from coronavirus lawsuits despite criticism that it would also enable them to ignore workplace safety requirements. The bill, which the state …

Court Allows Lawsuit over Iowa Amusement Park Death to Proceed

The wife of a central Iowa amusement park employee killed in an accident at the park in 2016 can proceed with a federal lawsuit and the park’s insurance company may have to pay damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. …

Tyson Foods: 2 Iowa Pork Plant Employees Dead After Virus Outbreak

Two employees have died following a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened scores of Tyson Foods workers at a large pork plant in southeastern Iowa, the company said. The deaths of the workers at Tyson plant in Columbus Junction are the …

Damage to Iowa Ag Industry from Virus Will Be Huge, Economists Say

A group of agriculture economists said on April 15 the coronavirus pandemic will cause billions of dollars in damage to Iowa’s crop and livestock industries. In a report released from Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, the …

Despite Finding Insurer’s Actions ‘Reprehensible,’ Iowa Court Slashes Payment to Paralyzed Worker

The Iowa Supreme Court has dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing the treatment by Louisiana-based workers’ …