Why are corporations spending millions to crush unions? Guesses?
Walter Reuther once said, " There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls".
Unions empower workers and changes their lives through collective bargaining. A worker's right to be involved in the collective bargaining process is a major inconvenience to those who wish to exploit the working class for their own gain.
The definition of hypocrisy is when ALEC fueled Republicans claim to represent the values of middle class Iowans but yet seek to strip away the voice of 184,000 middle class, public sector employees at the bargaining table by disemboweling Iowa Code's Chpt.20 collective bargaining law.
Republicans know that the annual $21 million loss of revenue from corporate welfare has to be recovered somehow. Therefore, Republicans have to make cuts to fall within the budget. And screwing Iowa's public employees will help them achieve their objective. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of the people who keep our state and communities functioning properly. Fortunately, labor is standing together and fighting back
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about this matter and said, 'Let them know we will show up en masse to protest at the capitol' . And that is exactly what thousands of angry and frustrated Iowans have done over the course of the last few days. They have blown the ringers off of the phones of Republican state legislators. And they have been racing to get employment contracts signed before this attack on public sector workers is passed. I feel amazed and inspired by the pushback from the people of our state. I hope all of them take this to heart and pushback in the voting booth, as well.
People equals power !