House Democrats’ plan to gut Iowa’s right to work law cleared another hurdle on Thursday as it received Labor Committee approval. House File 2420 forces non-union employees to pay a portion of their salary to a union. The bill applies to approximately 30,000 executive branch employees. However nothing prevents the bill from being expanded to included private sector employees.
“House Republicans do not support stripping Iowans of their liberties and rights,” said House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha). “Under this proposal, not only will Iowans have to pay to keep their job, they’ll have to hire a lawyer too.”
The legislation forces non-union state government employees to pay up to 75% of union dues. If they do not pay the forced union fees, the union can sue them to collect the fee.
According to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency currently, the 12,000 union members pay $5.6 million to the union. Under this bill, the 18,000 non-union members would be forced to pay $5.3 million to the union.
“House Republicans will continue to stand up for Iowans’ freedoms and protect their right to work,” said Paulsen.
A public hearing will be held Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm in the House Chamber. Iowans can contact the Legislative Information Office at (515) 281-5129 to testify.