Iowans for Tax Relief
Muscatine, IA 52761
Contact: Dan Steele
Phone: (563) 288-3600
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017
Iowans for Tax Relief Supports Collective Bargaining Reform
MUSCATINE, IA – Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR), Iowa’s leading taxpayer advocacy organization, fully supports the collective bargaining reforms introduced by the Iowa House of Representatives today.
Iowa’s collective bargaining laws have not changed since the 1970s. They allow state government employee unions to negotiate on topics such as employees wages, promotions based on seniority, cost of health insurance, amount of vacation time, and how workers are evaluated and terminated.
Iowa’s ever increasing spending has required tax receipts to grow from $6.3 billion in 2009 to $8.3 billion currently. In order to achieve any tax reductions and avoid deficits, the Iowa legislature must address spending. This is a big step in that direction.
Iowans made their voices heard in the election last November. They want meaningful reform. It’s time to bring collective bargaining into the modern era and not rely on the outdated system currently in place.
The collective bargaining reform introduced today will bring balance to the negotiation process. It will also:
- End the use of taxpayer dollars being used to influence politicians.
- Reduce the pay and benefit gap between state government employee and private sector employees. Extravagant wages and benefits are an unfair burden on taxpayers.
- NOT hurt teachers. Teachers will have more rights and more say in their compensation. It will also make it easier to reward good teachers.
Our city, county, school districts, and state government need more control of their budgets. These changes are long overdue and Iowans for Tax Relief will encourage our membership to have their legislators support this bill.
Iowans for Tax Relief works to limit total government spending and total taxes for the benefit of all Iowa taxpayers. ITR was established in 1978 and is one of the largest taxpayer protection organizations in the country.