Lawsuit takes on new collective bargaining law


BUT UNION LAWSUIT. FIRST, IOWA’S NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAW FACES ITS FIRST COURT CHALLENGE. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED THIS MORNING IN POLK COUNTY COURT. MARK: THIS LAW CREATES TWO CLASSES OF BARGAINING UNITS, A FAVORED CLASS OF PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES, AND EVERYONE ELSE.>>I THINK IT IS UNFAIR TO TREAT PUBLIC EMPLOYEES THAT COULD BE WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE. MARK: THE LAWSUIT CITES ONE OF THE FOUR CO-PLAINTIFFS. SOME JOB RESPONSIBILITIES ARE IDENTICAL TO POLICE OFFICERS AND DEPUTIES WHO DO NOT HAVE THE SAME BARGAINING RIGHTS.>>WE HAVE AN ARCANE LAW THAT WE FELT NEEDED TO BE AMENDED TO BE MORE FAIR AND BALANCED. MARK: GOVERNOR BRANSTAD DEFENDED THE CHANGES AS LONG-OVERDUE AND SUPPORTED BY IOWA, BUT HE ALSO HAD TO DEFEND THIS PICTURE, THE MAN WITH HIM THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, AN INTEREST GROUP SUPPORTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS. GOVERNOR BRANSTAD SO THERE WERE : SOME PEOPLE WHO WANTED A PICTURE WITH ME, AND SO I ACCOMODATED THAT. MARK: DEMOCRATS AND UNION LEADERS CLAIMED THE PICTURE PROVES OUTSIDE INTERESTS WERE INFLUENCING THE BILL’S REPUBLICAN SUPPORT.>>THAT SAID VOLUMES TO ME, ABOUT WHO WAS BEHIND AND PULLING THE STRINGS FOR THE PASSAGE OF

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