For Immediate Release: October 25, 2017
Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530
Iowa Workers Overwhelmingly Support Unions In Recertification Vote
Des Moines — Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement today after Iowa’s public workers voted to recertify unions across the state by an overwhelming and vast majority:
“Iowa’s working families sent a clear message to Governor Reynolds and the Republican-controlled legislature today: we are not letting you take our unions away from us.”
“Iowans owe a thank you to every labor union who organized and turned out workers to vote in these elections, because when unions are strong, Iowa is much stronger.”
“After taking control of state government for the first time in nearly twenty years, Republicans went on the attack against workers and their ability to organize this year. One of the most extreme attacks forced recertification elections, including a provision that counted any absent vote as a ‘no’ vote. Even with those odds stacked against them, labor unions across Iowa fought back to protect their voice in the workplace, and today have won a resounding victory for working families.”
“At a time when too many families across our state are already struggling to make ends meet, it is more important than ever that workers have the ability to voice their concerns and maintain their union. Thankfully the vast majority of workers saw through the attacks on public workers made by Governor Reynolds and the Republican legislature, which only make it harder for nurses, teachers, correctional officers, firefighters, snow plow drivers, and other public employees to come together to advocate for their on the job needs and negotiate to protect their livelihood.”
“We expect that Republicans will continue their attacks against working families during the next legislative session. But hopefully today’s recertification results give them pause — it was made clear today that workers are prepared to stand together and fight back for their rights.”
Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of nearly 70,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.
Blogforiowa wishes to join the folks at ProgressIowa in extending our support and congratulations for their show of strength in this ridiculous gauntlet the legislature threw in their path. As noted above, this is only the first attempt by Republicans to crush public unions. They will most likely put up more barriers this session. As I recall this voting will be an annual event as Republicans work on wearing down your resolve.
Stay strong! Without unions there is little counterbalance to the power of money and business in the halls of government. Money and business have pretty well smashed all their other opposition in the past 4 decades. Public unions are about the only opposition left. The press has been fairly well subsumed and the exchange of ideas on the internet is an immediate target.
Unions must stay strong.