In the video below, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) delivers a message to Iowa legislators about the negative consequences to Wisconsin workers and families from Act 10. Iowa is considering a similar law, and Governor Walker as traveled to Iowa to promote it. Pocan, however, says Act 10 – which eliminated the right of educators and other public service workers to collectively negotiate over students’ learning environment, their working conditions and their ability to provide for their families – has had a profoundly negative impact on schools, unions, worker rights, and the state’s overall economy.
Governor Walker spoke with Iowa Senate Republicans earlier this week about their proposed legislation to severely curb collective bargaining rights for public employees. We have seen in Wisconsin, the devastating effects that Act 10, a similiar piece of legislation, has had on unions and workers’ rights.
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Citing lack of funds and high teacher turnover, Pocan said Wisconsin public schools are facing extremely difficult times as a result of the law.