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Here is what the Republican Legislature is doing to public employees and their bargaining rights:
The Republicans in the Iowa legislature have introduced identical bills in the House and Senate to take away most of the bargaining rights of public employees. The surprise introduction was Tuesday, Feb. 7, the first committee hearings were one day later, and the Republican majority expects to have it on the Governor’s desk in a week or so. Not much time for a response? Well, that seems to be the idea.
The bill is moving quickly through the Republican legislature and has the support of the Republican Governor. It eliminates everything but wages as mandatory subjects of bargaining, limits wage increases to 3% or the CPI increase, whichever is less, requires re-certification of the union for every round of bargaining, makes dues deduction illegal, and more. Police and firefighters are exempt from most of the changes. There was a public hearing Monday, February 13, 2017 at which many people made comments, almost all of which were opposed to the bills. There were also written comments submitted, again almost entirely opposed. Although the comments are closed, you can read what was said HERE. The bill is HF 291. It makes interesting reading.
It is also not to late to send your thoughts to your Senator and State Representative, at least as of Tuesday night, Feb 14. HERE is a place to go to find your legislators.
HERE is a summary of the gory details of the bill.
INCLUDING THE RECENT SPECIAL AND PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Results for Clinton County HERE.