Many have deemed this week “labor week” in the Iowa House of Representatives. Last night some 40 Iowans spoke out at a public forum. Following the forum, the bill quickly passed out of the House Labor
Committee. The bill is expected to be debated on the floor of the House on Friday if Democrats can find the 51 votes needed to pass it.
Democrat leaders in the House might have a hard time finding the necessary votes to move forward with the bill. It is rumored that as many as ten Democrats oppose the legislation. If that is indeed the case, it will be another embarrassing loss for the labor unions who have yet to see one of their legislative priorities be signed into law.
-Open scope bargaining was vetoed by Governor Culver last year.
-Prevailing wage legislation failed in the Iowa House by one vote late last month.
-Choice of doctor legislation seems to be going nowhere.
And if they can’t pass one of those three bills, there is no way they could expect to see Fair Share legislation pass in the Iowa House.
If the choice of doctor bill is dead on arrival, one has to wonder why Democrats would introduce the bill and hold a public hearing? Is it an attempt by the labor unions to gage where they really stand with House Democrats?
Ken Sagar, the Iowa ALF-CIO president, and treasurer of the Iowa Democratic Party, has already put a handful of House Democrats on notice. Maybe, he wanted to see if they got the message or if there are additional House Democrats who need to be purged.
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