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GOP wants to make Iowa's "right to work" part of the Constitution

posted Feb 25, 2013, 2:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 25, 2013, 8:58 PM ]
 | The Muscatine (IA) Journal | January 23, 2013 | 
Republicans seeking to amend Iowa’s Constitution with right-to-work protection weathered a storm subcommittee meeting Wednesday by steering through strong union opposition hoping to run the issue aground. House Joint Resolution 1, which advanced on a 2-1 subcommittee vote, would ask Iowa voters to inscribe current right-to-work language in the Iowa Code into the state constitution. The 1947 provision spells out that Iowans cannot be denied a job because they choose not to join a union and forbids union membership as a condition of employment, as well as barring fees or other charges to non-union members. …. Watts asked opponents “why do you feel so frightened by this?” but Marcia Nichols of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said it is Republicans who are scared by turning to myriad of constitutional protections.