John Deeth Blog: Democratic Legislators Reframing Collective Bargaining Bill
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Eastern Iowa legislators at a weekend Leauge of Women Voter's forum in
Iowa City worked to shift the rhetoric on the collective bargaining
bill. "This just allows public sector people equal rights," said Sen.
Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville. "But the press is so biased they talk about
'union demands.'" "I think it just equalizes the playing field as to
what issues can be bargained," said Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City. "I
don't understand why an equal playing field creates problems for
administrators." Governor Chet Culver has threatened to veto the bill,
saying it hasn't received enough public debate, but Mascher countered:
"It's something Democrats have supported for many many years. It
needed to be done a long time ago."