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Profile: Tough, multifaceted Danny Homan is a watchdog for Iowa workers

posted Feb 3, 2010, 10:10 AM by Unknown user
| Reid Forgrave | Des Moines Register | February 2, 2010 |
He's the Iowa labor leader who, depending whom you ask, comes across as either a gruff and foul-mouthed jerk, a compassionate union true believer, or both.  Homan has been talking about his father, but for a few moments, he pauses. He stares at the wall. Then, reminiscing about his working-class Catholic childhood in Sioux City, this intimidating bear of a man turns his head toward you. That's when you notice he's choking back tears. ….. As head of the Iowa council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Homan's the most powerful labor leader in Iowa, and he might be the most powerful leader this legislative session who wasn't elected by the state's voters.