We are under attack and need all our members,their family, neighbors and friends to find a legislative forum this weekend and or call the legislation phone number and let them know that you voted for them and didn’t with the intention of them making changes to Chapter 20. Tell them to leave it alone it works.
The Legislative switch board (515) 281-3371
Legislative forums can be found. http://iowahouse.org/iowa-legislative-forums/
Iowa Legislature’s Assault on Workers’ Compensation
HSB 169 now HF518
We need all members and their family to show up wearing orange at the Iowa State Capitol Tuesday March 7th 6 pm to speak out against workers compensation reform. You never know when an injury could happen at work.
Represents another vicious attack on the interests and livelihood of hard-working Iowans by the Republican majority in the Iowa Legislature. Reports from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show increasing number of work-related injuries in both private and public sector employment in Iowa that exceeds the national average. And of course, virtually all income distribution data continues to show that the vast majority of Iowans and Americans live pay check to pay check. Simply put, Iowans injured at work constitute one of the most vulnerable groups of citizens in our State.
Blatantly and callously: Cuts benefits available to injured Iowa workers in multiple ways: it drastically reduces the benefits available for common types of shoulder injuries which are frequently suffered by employees whose jobs require repetitive motions; it eliminates benefits based on an employee’s loss of earning power due to an injury if the employer returns the employee to work for short period of time, but then terminates the
employee, leaving the employee with no compensation for his lost access to other employment due to his injury; it arbitrarily discriminates against older workers by requiring an injured employee’s age to be used to reduce available benefits, and to absolutely limit the benefits available to
employees who are age 67 or more when injured; and for Iowans who are permanently and totally disabled by a work injury, if they become
disabled prior to age 67, their benefits cease at age 67; and for those age 67 or older who suffer career-ending injuries, they are limited to 150 weeks of benefits. Reduces employers’ liability to provide benefits to workers injured on the job, it makes proving an employee sustained a work-related injury more difficult by requiring that work activity was the “predominate” factor in causing the employee’s injury and disability
(This will allow employers to deny injury claims based on the injured worker’s pre-existing condition); and it makes a mere positive drug or alcohol test result grounds for an employer to deny payment of benefits for an injury without regard to whether drugs or alcohol in fact caused the
injury to occur.Further tilts the claims procedures in favor of employers avoiding payment of benefits: it changes the point at which an employee must report an injury or lose the right to claim benefits for an injury;
SSB1003/HSB4 (Secondary Road Swap).
SSB 1003 and its companion bill HSB9, would allow the Transportation Commission, along with other stake holders, to allocate moneys from the Primary Road Fund (PRF) for the establishment, construction, and maintenance of the secondary road system and the municipal street system, in exchange for retaining all or a portion of federal aid road funds that would otherwise be allocated to the counties and cities.
Essentially, this legislation would allow the secondary road fund to swap, dollar for dollar with the DOT, to avoid federal provisions tied to federal dollars. This includes environmental regulations for secondary roads and bridges, as well as avoiding Davis Bacon dollars in rural areas, and to avoid the “Buy American Act” (Title 23 Sec. 313/U.S.C./Federal Highway Act).
We feel this would undermine construction wages in rural areas, which could lead to the recruitment of out of state contractors with an out of state workforce.
We also feel this could hurt U.S. steel manufacturing by avoiding the requirements under the Federal Highway Act (FDWA). We feel that Iowa’s long term infrastructure should not be built with Chinese steel manufactured by Chinese hands.
Below are some talking points as well as republican members on the transportation committee.
Talking points on HSB9 and SSB1003 for members (Road Fund Swap/Davis Bacon Swap):
- This bill would undermine rural construction worker’s wages who construct secondary roads and bridges (by removing Davis Bacon wages from the secondary road system).
Please vote no!
- This bill would undermine U.S. steel manufacturing in the U.S. and state of Iowa, by avoiding the federal requirements of using U.S. steel (we don’t want Chinese steel on our roads and bridges). Please Vote NO!
- This bill would lower construction wages in rural areas, which would recruit an out of state 1099 workforce. This would undermine the Governors efforts to build an IA skilled workforce. Please Vote NO!
- This bill will send a message to rural construction workers that you must move to the big city to make a good construction wage. Rural IA is hurting enough, don’t remove a wage safety law that helps us rural Iowan’s. Please vote no.
House R’s Transportation Committee
Rep. Gary Carlson
|Home Address:||104 Deerpath Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761|
Rep. Dave Maxwell
|Home Address:||2171 540th Ave, Gibson, IA 50104|
Rep. Rob Bacon
|Home Address:||302 3rd Avenue, Apt. 1, P.O. Box 485, Slater, IA 50244|
Rep. Brian Best
|Home Address:||P.O. Box 491, Glidden, IA 51443|
Rep. Kristi Hager
|Home Address:||2026 Lycurgus Road, Waukon, IA 52172|
Rep. Ashley Hinson
|Home Address:||1637 Hunters Field Ln., Marion, IA 52302|
Rep. John Landon
|Home Address:||2905 NE Trilein Dr., Ankeny, IA 50021|
Rep. Gary Mohr
|Home Address:||P.O. Box 1556, Bettendorf, IA 52722|
Rep. David Sieck
|Home Address:||1710 Timber LN, Glenwood, IA 51534|
Rep. Rob Taylor
|Home Address:||495 77th Place, West Des Moines, IA 50266|
Rep. John Wills
|Home Address:||15732 Tradewind Dr., Spirit Lake, IA 51360|
Rep. Gary Worthan
|Home Address:||5647 105th Avenue, Storm Lake, IA 50588|
Senate R’s Transportation Committee
Sen. Tim Kapucian
|Home Address:||1275 – 69th St, Keystone, IA 52249|
Sen. Michael Breitbach
|Home Address:||301 W Mission St, Strawberry Point, IA 52076|
Sen. Bill Anderson
|Home Address:||1138 Mason Ave, Pierson, IA 51048|
Sen. Rick Bertrand
|Home Address:||1501 Peavey St, Sioux City, IA 51105|
Sen. Tom Greene
|Home Address:||5763 Hartman Rd, Burlington, IA 52601|
Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink
|Home Address:||1561 National Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501|
Sen. Roby Smith
|Home Address:||2036 E 48th St, Davenport, IA 52807|
|Occupation:||Small Business Owner|
Sen. Dan Zumbach
|Home Address:||2618 – 140th Ave, Ryan, IA 52330|
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