I don’t really know what to make of House Democrats filing two Labor Union bills yesterday. One of the bills, HF 530 would allow union workers to choose their own doctor if they get injured on the job. The other is the most contentious bill they could file, HF 555. HF 555 requires non union members to pay union dues. Talk about un-American.
I think there is a good possibility that the Democrats move on the choice of doctor legislation. Like prevailing wage, it’s an issue that they can spin as pro-worker pretty easily. If you want a great explanation of what this bill would do, and how it would harm Iowa business, click here.
I have a feeling that the Fair Share bill is another distraction, just like the bicycle bill and the Electoral College bill was over in the Senate. Democrats know that the possibility of Fair Share legislation being a live round this session will cause many pro-business groups, legislators, and the media to focus on it.
Why would they want to do that? Simple, they would rather get beat up over a labor issue than have people talking about the mess they caused with the state budget. And it’s working since I’m writing about it this morning.
The thing that makes me nervous however, is the fact that Democrats, and especially Chet Culver, have to do something for the labor unions before next year’s elections. Thus far they have done nothing but make the unions look foolish. Which is why I think we will either see them take up HF 530, or prevailing wage language will be attached to Culver’s $750 million dollar bonding bill, which he now calls FEMA-Plus.
As for Fair Share, surveys have consistently shown that over 75% of Americans support Right to Work laws, but the Labor Bosses don’t care, and Iowa Democrats just don’t get it. This issue is about freedom, and it’s just not American to force anyone to pay join a group or union that they don’t want to.
I think Lincoln said it best, “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”
With all of the talk about Obama and Lincoln, maybe they should take time to see what America’s greatest President had to say about an issue like this.
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