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March 5th, 2009

Union Bills Emerge in the Iowa House

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Even with Democrat majorities in the Iowa legislature and a Democrat occupying the Governor’s office, Iowa’s labor unions have yet to see any piece of labor-backed legislation be signed into law. Undeterred, House Democrats filed two labor bills yesterday, House File 555 and House File 530.

House File 555 is a bill which will gut Iowa’s right-to-work law. The bill would essentially require non-union employees to pay union dues if the benefit in any way from union agreements. The unions refer to this legislation as “Fair Share.”

The other labor bill filed yesterday is House File 530, a bill that wreak havoc on Iowa’s workers’ compensation system by changing the way physicians are selected to treat injured employees. Iowa’s system has been the model of the nation since 1913.

Local business leaders remain strongly opposed to House Files 555 and 530. John Gilliland of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry said, “Forcing Iowans to pay dues to unions they choose not to belong to is just wrong. ABI and our broad-based coalition will work diligently to stop this legislation and protect Iowans’ paychecks from being debited by labor unions.”

Political insiders had believed that prevailing wage and the workers compensation legislation would be easier to navigate through the Iowa House than the controversial Fair Share bill. However, the future of these bills now appears uncertain after House Democrats failed to pass prevailing wage legislation late last month.

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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