• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Iowa labor fights against Wisconsin-like collective bargaining bill

MahurinPointing_Thumb1_379.jpg
MahurinPointing_Thumb1_379.jpg

Around 1,000 labor union members and their supporters rallied outside the Iowa Capitol Tuesday, showing solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin who are fighting off legislation aimed at taking away their collective bargaining rights.

Meanwhile, Iowa House Republicans moved legislation to committee that makes numerous changes to collective bargaining rights for public employees in the Hawkeye State.

Under the bill, House Study Bill 117, unions would no longer be allowed to negotiate their health insurance or retirement plans. It would require an arbitrator to take private sector compensation packages into consideration before making a final determination in a labor dispute, and arbitrators would not be allowed to chose a final agreement that forced governments to raise taxes to pay for it. Additionally, arbitrators would no longer have to consider past contracts between a public employer and its employee unions.

Restrictions or limitations on outsourcing would be lifted, and unions would no longer have any say regarding layoffs. The bill also allows employees to become “free agents,” who can negotiate their terms of employment directly with employers even if they are in a union shop.

Lastly, the legislation would give the legislature and governor veto power on any arbitrators decision.

“The Republican bill to end collective bargaining will take away rights from police officers, fire fighters, state troopers, teachers, and other workers who clear our streets after a snow storm and protect Iowa kids in abusive homes,” said state Rep. Nate Willems (D-Lisbon). “Our top priority this year should be creating new jobs and opportunities for working families in Iowa and the bill being considered by Republicans is a step in the wrong direction. It’s another blow to Iowa’s middle class.”

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn voiced support for changes to collective bargaining in Iowa, saying in a statement to the press that for far too long “the taxpayers have been absent in one-sided bargaining that has inflated the state’s budget and created a public class whose wages and benefits outpace those competing in the private sector. I look forward to the continued leadership from Iowa Republicans at the statehouse to bring these long overdue reforms to law.”

At the rally, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) called the push by Republicans an “all-out assault on middle-class Iowans.”

“There is not a dime’s bit of difference between what they are proposing here in Iowa and the travesty that is unfolding in Wisconsin,” Gronstal said. “Finally, I want to make a promise to you: Iowa Democrats won’t be fooled. Read my lips: We will fight with you, for you and beside you every step of the way.”

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he doesn’t favor a Wisconsin-style law in Iowa. But Branstad’s labor adviser, Leon Shearer, released a report earlier this year slamming the state’s collective bargaining system and calling for numerous changes. The report was immediately criticized, however, for relying too heavily on wage figures that concluded Iowa’s public employees are overpaid when compared with workers in similar private sector positions. David Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University, panned the report, saying it distorted the true picture of private versus public sector salaries because it did not have controls or allow for education level or employment status.

The nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project issued a new report Tuesday showing public-sector employees actually make less than their private-sector counterparts. When education, work experience, annual hours worked, race, sex, disability status and firm size are accounted for, male public-sector workers earn nearly 12 percent less and female public-sector workers earn over 16 percent less than private-sector workers.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.