Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, and Republican Speaker of the House, Linda Upmeyer, had a good laugh at the expense of working families when the Orwellian laws to bust public sector unions were rammed through early this year despite zero public support and thousands of workers turning out in opposition.
The Iowa union busting efforts led by ALEC & Co. and modeled after the Koch Puppet Regime legislation in Wisconsin requires every public sector union in the state to recertify through an election prior to negotiating a new contract. This week, 468 bargaining units saw ballots counted by Iowa's Public Employment Relations Board.
Overwhelmingly, 28,488 votes were cast to retain coverage by a labor union, while only 624 votes were cast by what one can only assume to be union hating rat relatives of Republican legislators.
Despite the overwhelming ratio of nearly 46 to 1 in favor of union representation, some 30 small bargaining units lost their unionized protections, due to the law requiring in excess of 50% of the entire unit to vote in favor. One example was a unit consisting of four people, where two votes were cast for the union, one vote cast against, and one that did not vote who was automatically counted among the union hating rat bastard votes.
What every Iowan ought to be asking themselves now is exactly how much these union busting shenanigans have ultimately cost the taxpayers of the state. How many tens of thousands of dollars were wasted on the contractors who tallied the votes, or the lost time of PERB officials wasted counting and filing paperwork associated with them, all so Upmeyer and Reynolds could strip the rights away from a handful of four person units, and further ingratiate themselves to ALEC & Co?
28,488 Iowans have spoken. Their voices have been heard. They do not wish to disband their unions and entrust their futures entirely to the good graces of the likes of Upmeyer and Reynolds. It's time for those same 28,488 Iowans and their friends and families to kick these union busters to the curb and demand this fraud of a law that has been perpetrated upon every Iowa taxpayer be stopped. These wasteful laws need to be repealed and left to the system that has served the state so well for the past forty years.
If 28,488 workers can speak with a singular voice against this sham of a law, then it gives us all hope that in the next election cycle, an equally proportionate number of Iowa working class families can cast another vote and send these union busting bums packing once and for all.