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URGENT

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/

We’re union and we vote!

But before we get ahead of ourselves lets make sure you are registered and know where to cast your vote.

Register to Vote

To vote in Iowa, you must be registered to vote. To qualify to register you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen,
  • An Iowa resident, and
  • At least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by election day.)

You cannot:

  • Be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
  • Be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court
  • Claim the right to vote in any other place.

Voter Registration in Iowa.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CAUCUS IS LOCATED 

Be sure to DO YOUR RESEARCH AND VOTE accordingly! The working man has had a target on his back for far too long to just “go with the flow” come election day. So don’t just pick and choose a candidate in ANY election. You don’t want to help elect a guy who wants to lower your wage and lay attack upon your quality of life. Vote for you, vote for your family, and vote for your wage!

URGENT

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/

URGENT!! URGENT!!!

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.

HSB 169

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

Legislative E-mail: Gary.Carlson@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 104 Deerpath Lane, Muscatine, IA 52761
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Dave Maxwell

Legislative E-mail: dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 2171 540th Ave, Gibson, IA 50104
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Rob Bacon

Legislative E-mail: rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 302 3rd Avenue, Apt. 1, P.O. Box 485, Slater, IA 50244
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Brian Best

Legislative E-mail: Brian.Best@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: P.O. Box 491, Glidden, IA 51443
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Kristi Hager

Legislative E-mail: Kristi.Hager@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 2026 Lycurgus Road, Waukon, IA 52172
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Ashley Hinson

Legislative E-mail: Ashley.Hinson@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 1637 Hunters Field Ln., Marion, IA 52302

Call: 515-281-3371

Rep. John Landon

Legislative E-mail: john.landon@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 2905 NE Trilein Dr., Ankeny, IA 50021
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Gary Mohr

Legislative E-mail: Gary.Mohr@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: P.O. Box 1556, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. David Sieck

Legislative E-mail: David.Sieck@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 1710 Timber LN, Glenwood, IA 51534
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Rob Taylor

Legislative E-mail: rob.taylor@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 495 77th Place, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. John Wills

Legislative E-mail: John.Wills@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 15732 Tradewind Dr., Spirit Lake, IA 51360
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Rep. Gary Worthan

Legislative E-mail: gary.worthan@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 5647 105th Avenue, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Capitol Phone: (515)281-3221

 

Senate  R’s Transportation Committee

Sen. Tim Kapucian

Legislative E-mail: tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov
Home E-mail: senatefarmer@gmail.com
Home Address: 1275 – 69th St, Keystone, IA 52249
Cell Phone: (515)250-7769
Occupation: Farmer

 

Sen. Michael Breitbach

Legislative E-mail: michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov
Home Phone: (563)933-6486
Home Address: 301 W Mission St, Strawberry Point, IA 52076
Cell Phone: (563)920-7399
Occupation: Business Owner

 

 

 

Sen. Bill Anderson

Legislative E-mail: bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 1138 Mason Ave, Pierson, IA 51048

Call: 515-281-3371

Sen. Rick Bertrand

Legislative E-mail: rick.bertrand@legis.iowa.gov
Home Phone: (712)253-7096
Home Address: 1501 Peavey St, Sioux City, IA 51105

 

Sen. Tom Greene

Legislative E-mail: tom.greene@legis.iowa.gov
Home Phone: (319)750-6579
Home E-mail: tgr5763@gmail.com
Home Address: 5763 Hartman Rd, Burlington, IA 52601

 

Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink

Legislative E-mail: tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov
Home Phone: (515)576-0417
Home E-mail: tim.kbrink@gmail.com
Home Address: 1561 National Ave, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Business Phone: (515)576-0444
Cell Phone: (515)408-4770

 

Sen. Roby Smith

Legislative E-mail: roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov
Home Phone: (563)386-0179
Home Address: 2036 E 48th St, Davenport, IA 52807
Occupation: Small Business Owner

 

Sen. Dan Zumbach

Legislative E-mail: dan.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov
Home Address: 2618 – 140th Ave, Ryan, IA 52330
Cell Phone: (563)920-5094
Occupation: Farmer

 

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