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An Open Letter from Iowa Public Employees to State Lawmakers

This news story was published on February 10, 2017.
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Dear Iowa Republicans of the Senate, House, Governor Branstad and Lt Governor Reynolds:

What did we, Iowa’s public workers, ever do to you that you would strip us and our employers of the ability to sit down and work out our contracts like the professionals we all are? The perfectly timed smear campaign against our states’ educators is despicable to say the least.

Maybe you have forgotten the things we do FOR you. Some of us work odd hours and shifts, overnights and holidays to provide emergency police, fire, weather and medical services. Some of us lie awake at night inventing one more way to teach your child, never giving up until they learn. Some of us maintain our necessary infrastructure. Some of us are the keepers of the thousands of details that make up the myriad services at all levels of government that keep our cities, counties and state running. Whatever our part we provide our expertise to EVERYONE who needs or asks for it.

None of us became public servants because we thought we would get rich, and indeed none of us do. However, we deserve to make a living.

Similar experiments of breaking collective bargaining have failed in other states (Kansas, Wisconsin) resulting in lower wages in both the public and private sectors, shrinking rather than growing those economies. There is no need for Iowa to make the same mistake.

Chapter 20 is not broken. This attempt to rig it to oppress public employees will result in poor quality of services across the state as experienced, qualified workers leave the public sector or even move out of our state.

We hope you enjoy your short stay at the helm of our great state until the next election cycle when we will hire/elect more qualified people to run our government.

Public Workers of Iowa

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7 Responses to An Open Letter from Iowa Public Employees to State Lawmakers

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    Run while you can Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Cry me a river, public employees. I’m tired of barely scraping by so you can live high on the hog with nearly free health care and all the other luxuries you get courtesy of me.

    Don’t like it? Get a real job like the rest of us.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2017 at 9:33 am

      You should go see those teachers, get yourself a decent education, then you could get a job where you are not just barely scraping by. Don’t get down on others because they’re successful and you’re not.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2017 at 2:41 am

    lets make a law where the public sets the wages of the elected officals and see how they like it

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      February 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Just wondering, how would you like it if your peers set your wages, or maybe former employers. Then again we could consider our military as public employees, since they work for the government. We could cut their wages and take away all their benefits. Yea, sounds good.

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    Stan Walk Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Supposedly this bill makes all government employees “at will”, employees, thus an employee can be fired for any reason or for no reason at all. Making employees “at will” is a very demoralizing situation which will allow bullying and inhibit freedom of speech!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      So, they will have to live under the same rules as the rest of us. Isn’t that just to damn bad. It is about time.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

        Dumb Ass TROLL to stupid to learn. Waste of taxpayer money even trying.