On the Need for a New and re-invigorated Labor Movement…

…as a key plank in the "p’BD’DiA" movement…http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19910/breaking_iowa_lawmakers_pass_sweeping_anti-union_bill

http://iowastartingline.com/2017/02/14/iowa-gops-union-busting-directly-tied-to-koch-backed-alec/

http://www.bleedingheartland.com/2017/02/14/the-real-reason-iowa-republicans-want-to-break-public-unions/

Many workers at the demonstrations said they believe the next step is to re-elect Democrats into the majority in 2018. There is also no guarantee a Democratic majority would restore collective bargaining rights. Democrats controlled the Iowa Senate in 2013, and collaborated with a Republican governor and House Republicans to pass the largest corporate property tax cuts in state history, cuts which caused a budget shortfall that Republicans are now using to justify their attacks on labor. Unions were unable to expand their collective bargaining rights even when Democrats held a trifecta of political power in 2008.

The nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project weighed in with a report on the impacts of the new law, stating it will:

“exacerbate existing trends—low and stagnating wages, growing uncertainty about access to affordable health care, and increasing income inequality—that are already accelerating downward mobility for many Iowa households. And these effects are likely to disproportionately harm rural communities, low-income workers, and to threaten the quality of the health care, public safety, and public education systems upon which all Iowans depend.”

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