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March 4th, 2009

Democrats File “Fair Share” Bill Which Would Gut Iowa’s Right to Work Law

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Democrats in the Iowa House of Representatives have filed House File 555, a bill which will gut Iowa’s right-to-work law. The bill would require non-union members to pay union dues.

House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen sent out the following press release:

Democrats File Bill to Gut Iowa’s Right-to-Work Law

(DES MOINES)—Today House Democrats filed House File 555, a bill that will gut Iowa’s more than 60 year old right-to-work law. As filed, the bill forces both public and private, non-union members to pay union dues as a condition of their employment.

“Here we go again: instead of finding ways to put Iowans back to work, rebuild our economy and protect taxpayers, Democrats are focused on forced unionism,” said House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha). “House Republicans object to any attempt to garnish wages of workers and will fight against any attempt to repeal right-to-work.”

If forced union dues are conservatively estimated to be about $500 per year then the unions stand to collect about $19.5 million for their political coffers if this legislation is enacted.

In 2007, in a Wall Street Journal editorial, the paper pointed out, “If the Iowa legislature wanted to chase jobs and employers out of the state, they couldn’t come up with a better plan than undermining right to work.”

You can read HF 555 by clicking here.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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