From Senator Rich Taylor

Written by Theresa Rose on February 8, 2019

2-8-19

Restoring workplace rights

We have real issues in our economy: a shortage of skilled workers; stagnant wages; cuts to worker benefits; and too many families living paycheck to paycheck. Senate Democrats believe Iowans deserve a fair shake.

That’s why I joined my Democratic colleagues in the Iowa Senate to restore workers’ rights that were taken away in 2017.

Iowa Republicans hurt the pocketbooks of 185,000 families and the communities where they live and shop by prohibiting public employees from negotiating terms of employment, including health insurance and safety.

Senate File 176 would repeal those harmful changes; restore fairness and public employees’ voices in the workplace; and allow negotiations for health insurance, grievance procedures and safety concerns. Nurses, teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, correctional officers and other Iowa workers deserve nothing less.

Prior to 2017, our state’s collective bargaining law worked well for Iowans, employees and public employers. Originally passed to stop strikes, the bipartisan law had been in place for more than 40 years. It simply required Iowans and their public employer (school, city, county, etc.) to sit down and work together on mutually agreeable solutions in the workplace.

Since the new law took effect, most public employers—including the state and school districts—have taken previously negotiated items out of contracts and put them into policy handbooks that can be changed unilaterally by the employer at any time.

State leaders should be working on policies that respect workers and make our state a desirable place to live and work—and to put more money into the pocketbooks of Iowa families.

 

 

 

 

Additional information

This is a legislative update from State Senator Rich Taylor, representing Henry and Lee counties and portions of Washington and Jefferson counties. For bio, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/taylor.

To contact Senator Rich Taylor when the Legislature is in session, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at 319-931-1568. E-mail him at rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov.

Senator Rich Taylor is an Assistant Leader. He serves on the following committees: