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Iowa Democratic Party furious over “anti-worker” legislation passed Thursday

This news story was published on February 17, 2017.
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DES MOINES – In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored, SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit of working men and women in Iowa, IDP Chair, Derek Eadon issued the following statement:

“This assault on worker’s rights is an attack on thousands of Iowa families. This bill does nothing to create jobs in Iowa, and it will only make it more difficult for Iowans to get ahead in the future. Bills targeting collective bargaining will adversely affect our children’s education, result in layoffs, compromise the safety of public employees and drive down wages across the state. The fact that Democratic lawmakers are showing up and pushing back against this bill highlights the fact that we are the only party standing up for the working men and women of Iowa. We are a party that believes hard work should be rewarded and that we should keep promises to workers who have made our state what it is today.

“Republican state senators experienced one sleepless night last night. That’s nothing compared to the countless sleepless nights thousands of Iowans will endure as a result of Republican’s reckless behavior. We applaud all Democratic lawmakers and our partners in labor who have fiercely fought back against the GOP’s deliberate attacks on the middle class. Republicans continue to govern with zero consideration of the consequences of their actions. It’s reckless behavior that will destroy Iowa’s economy. Iowa Republicans have a responsibility to listen to their constituents back home instead of holding closed door meetings and shutting workers out of the process to negotiate their own rights.

“When Governor Branstad signs the bill into law, it will be just another example of Branstad/Reynolds doubling down on putting corporate interests ahead of economic security. Governor Branstad is using his last days in office to fulfill the real legacy of the Branstad/Reynolds administration: breaking the backs of hardworking Iowans with misguided and careless legislation. Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds have not come close to fulfilling their promises of making Iowa’s economy stronger. Their legacy is filled with bad deals for the middle class and tax breaks for corporations that did little to grow Iowa’s rural economy. Teachers, public safety workers, and government employees are not the reason rural economies have not been growing. Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds’ reckless policies are the reason Iowans are worse off now than they were 6 years ago.”

Both the House and Senate passed bills Thursday dealing with collective bargaining right for public employees (not police and fire fighters). Governor Branstad could sign the bill as early as today.

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7 Responses to Iowa Democratic Party furious over “anti-worker” legislation passed Thursday

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Corporate owned – Manly/Worth County – Drain the swamp !

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Larry, it means they will quit taking money out of my pocket and putting it into union pockets. Pay attention, its free.

    • Larry Reply Report comment

      February 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

      They will keep taking money your out of your pockets but now they will just have more to give to their corporate friends. You will not save any money at all. By the way nothing is ever free. Haha

  3. Paul Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Less gravy for State workers should equal less taxes for Iowa residents
    Police and Fire fighters are exempt so what to complain about? Making Unions even more worthless and reducing paying members numbers more.
    South Carolina is a good example of how much of a economic boost controlling Unions can provide, Boing workers reject Union for 2nd time, lots of great paying jobs!
    Why should Public Employees get to screw over the tax payer? The taxpayer is the one paying for the Public Employees wages and benefits, we don’t get a say in their collective bargaining

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Wha, wha, wha. They lost again. Get used to it. We have had enough of the Democrats giving away our money.

    • Larry Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2017 at 10:26 am

      At least the Democrats gave our money back to your neighbors and people in your community, the Republicans will just give it to corporate America and you will never see a dime of the money that will supposedly be saved by these new laws. This long will hurt every average Iowan whether you are a public worker or a worker in the private sector. This law is not good for average people it is only good for the rich and elite which is what the republicans have always stood for.