Iowa's Big Union Bosses Lose First Battle

Despite heavy lifting by the Iowa Governor and House Speaker Pay Murphy, who used extraordinary efforts to pass a state “prevailing wage law,” Iowa union bosses suffered a legislative setback when the bill failed to pass the House by a 49-49 vote. Unfortunately, “Murphy told reporters, the bill’s defeat does not derail the bill permanently, nor does it mean Democrats will table three other labor-related bills that unions hope pass the legislature in 2009.” They include an attempt to repeal the 60-plus year old Right to Work Law that guarantees an individual’s right not to join or pay fees to a labor union as a condition of getting or keeping a job. More to come….