Labor Pains: Threats to Iowa’s Right to Work Law

The Iowa Policy Institute updated their White Paper on Right to Work on February 15, 2010. The White Paper, called “Labor Pains” begins:

Iowa is one of 22 states with a Right to Work law. Right to Work (RTW) statutes prevent labor unions and employers from mandating that workers must belong to a union as a condition of their employment. The state‘s 62-year old law has had strong support from Iowans despite efforts by organized labor to weaken the statute.

Last week, House Study Bill 702, now HF 2420, cleared the funneling process and, if passed by both chambers and signed into law, would permit unions to collect mandatory fees from all public employees who work within the state‘s executive branch, including most state departments and Regents whether or not the employee had chosen to join the union. The proposed changes, while not as wide-sweeping as those proposed in 2009 and 2007, would crack open the door to moving Iowa from being a RTW state to an obligatory union fee state.

You can read the full White Paper here.