State of Iowa Archives: on Jobs

Abby Finkenauer: Voted for the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act

About 40 people gathered outside federal offices in Sioux City to call for the passage of the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act. Finkenauer said she was proud to vote for the PRO Act while in Congress. "If you send me to the United States Senate, I am going to make sure we get this bill passed," Finkenauer said. "It is the difference between families like the one I grew up in being able to make a living or have a good life."
Source: Carroll Times Herald on 2022 Iowa Senate race Jul 27, 2021

Cindy Axne: Co-sponsored National Apprenticeship Act to expand programs

Axne joined a bipartisan majority to advance the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 to the Senate, a measure that she co-sponsored. The Act invests more than $3.5 billion over the next five years to expand apprenticeship opportunities, including creating a new $400 billion grant program to support the expansion of apprenticeship programs, pre-apprenticeships, and youth apprenticeship programs.
Source: 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial campaign website Apr 15, 2021

Cindy Axne: Close gender wage gap, challenge wage discrimination

The House advanced bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Axne to close the gender wage gap and provide women tools to challenge wage discrimination in the workplace. "With the most recent economic turmoil disproportionately affecting working women and pushing working moms out of the workforce, it is more important than ever that we address the systemic inequities and loopholes that are preserving a gap between what women and men earn," said Rep. Axne.
Source: 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial campaign website Apr 15, 2021

Theresa Greenfield: Investment in ag research will improve crops and soils

I support partnering with our public universities and making investments in science, research and technology related to agriculture.

I support encouraging regenerative agriculture practices like incentivizing cover crops and reducing tillage.

Source: on 2020 Iowa Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Joni Ernst: Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act

Q: Support "right to work" laws, prohibiting unions from mandating dues for workers they represent?

Joni Ernst: Yes. Co-sponsored National Right to Work Act bill.

Theresa Greenfield: No. Supports PRO Act, "which would strengthen workers' rights."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: COVID: Expand benefits for laid-off workers

Q: Opinion on COVID policy?

Theresa Greenfield: Politicians bailed out big corporate donors and opposed paid sick leave. Prioritize "urgent economic relief to working families and small businesses," not large companies. Expand benefits for laid-off workers.

Joni Ernst: Supports direct payments, tax credits for caregivers of adult dependents. Helped secure $383 million for Iowa hospitals and medical centers through CARES Act. Opposed paid sick leave.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Joni Ernst: Maybe index minimum wage to GDP, but not same for all states

Ernst: I do think that we can look at the federal minimum wage. It has to be a bipartisan solution. Maybe we should index it to our GDP. There are a lot of solutions out there. But I do believe that this should be a state-based issue as well. What is right for California and New York may not be right for the economy in the state of Iowa.
Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Raise minimum wage to $15 over time

Greenfield: No one can feed a family on $7.25 an hour and folks I talk to want to make more money and they want to work hard. I believe we need to move it up to $15 over time.
Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Strengthen unions, they built the middle class

Unions built the middle class, and we should be working to strengthen their standing in our communities. When Theresa's first husband, a union electrical lineman, died in a workplace accident, his union helped Theresa and her kids land on their feet. Theresa is standing up for union rights and has been endorsed by local labor unions across Iowa representing thousands of workers.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website Jun 2, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Supports a living wage; equal pay for equal work

Theresa supports a living wage, investing in our workforce, fighting for women to have equal opportunities and equal pay for equal work, and making sure people have the skills and tools they need to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website Jun 2, 2020

Michael Franken: Endorses a federal ban on right to work laws

Mike will be a tireless advocate for union members.Mike will protect and enhance the right to collective bargaining. He will introduce the PRO Act which will ease unionization and protect employees from hostile interference. He also endorses a federal ban on right to work laws. Mike knows that strong public sector unions are vital for good governance. He supports the Freedom to Negotiate Act which will guarantee public sector workers like teachers and employees full collective bargaining rights.

Mike also supports raising the federal minimum wage to transform it into a true living wage. Additionally, a universal guarantee of paid family leave will help working families and keep women in the workforce.

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website May 27, 2020

Eddie Mauro: Workers have right to unionize; update Labor Relations Act

Every worker should have the right to join a union without interference from their employer. There needs to be an end to the scorched-earth tactics used by Big Corporations to limit access to unions. All workers should be able to join a union without interference from their bosses and without endless legal wrangling. We support updates to the National Labor Relations Act to re-balance the system.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website Feb 10, 2020

Kimberly Graham: Equal pay for equal work

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website, Jan 12, 2020

Fred Hubbell: Raise minimum wage at state level; allow cities to raise too

Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage above $7.25/hour?

Hubbell: Yes. Raise at state level, while allowing cities and communities to go higher as needed.

Reynolds: No. Supported bill keeping state minimum wage at $7.25 an hour and preventing counties and communities from raising it.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Kim Reynolds: Keep minimum wage at $7.25; don't allow cities to raise it

Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage above $7.25/hour?

Hubbell: Yes. Raise at state level, while allowing cities and communities to go higher as needed.

Reynolds: No. Supported bill keeping state minimum wage at $7.25 an hour and preventing counties and communities from raising it.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Fred Hubbell: Believes in unions and equitable collective bargaining

Expanded collective bargaining is not only the right thing to do, it's personal to Fred. He is a former labor union member. When Fred later became a business leader, he regularly worked with unions to encourage their representation in the workforce and ensure fairness at each and every level. The dismantling of workers' rights in Iowa is politically motivated and wrong. Every Iowan deserves safe working conditions and to be paid fairly for their work.
Source: 2018 Iowa Gubernatorial campaign website, Jun 26, 2018

Jake Porter: Oppose affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Strongly oppose. The state should protect people from discrimination in government employment and contracts.ˇ It should never favor one group over the others or make gender or race a condition of employment.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Marco Battaglia: Oppose affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: People who are best suited for a job should be chosen to matter who they are as an individual. Companies with diverse workforces succeed. The incentive is there.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Cathy Glasson: High priority to making union access available to all

I'm running for Governor to make it easier for all Iowans to join a union or employee association no matter where they work. That's the best way to raise wages, improve our working conditions and fix the rigged economy in our state. And workers have told us they want it at their job. Republican politicians are afraid of more union members in Iowa. They don't want to lose their power or have to answer to regular Iowans. They're not willing to fix the economy they rigged.
Source: 2018 Iowa gubernatorial candidate website May 2, 2018

Cathy Glasson: Fight to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour

No Iowan who works full-time should live in poverty. But they can't survive on a minimum wage of $7.25 that hasn't budged since 2008. I'll push for a law to raise Iowa's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The increase will kick in over 3 years and continue to rise with inflation after that. Studies show that minimum wage workers who get a raise turn around and spend that money where they live. This boosts profits of local businesses and increases sales tax revenues for state and local governments.
Source: 2018 Iowa gubernatorial candidate website May 2, 2018

Nate Boulton: Equal pay for equal work

In the 2017 legislative session, Nate introduced SF 340 to create equal pay for equal work as a reality, rather than just a policy, to ensure women are valued in the workplace just as much as men. As a lawyer, Nate has defended women who were sexually harassed in the workplace, and in the Senate has co-sponsored legislation to require the perpetrators of sexual harassment and retaliation to repay the state for the damages they cause.
Source: on Iowa voting record SF 340 Mar 21, 2018

Kim Reynolds: Decide workforce training at local level with job creators

Working with the private sector, we will create the Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, which will revolutionize the way we think about workforce training. Instead of government deciding which programs are needed, decisions will be made at the local level by the businesses and job creators. They'll invest their money, in the training programs that best fit their needs, and the State innovation fund will provide matching dollars.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature Jan 9, 2018

Nate Boulton: $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation

Nate would fight for a minimum wage of $15 an hour, indexed to inflation, to keep up with our growing economy. Rather than lagging behind five of our six neighboring states, Iowa must become a leader on developing a stronger workforce and creating a livable wage. Nate wants a $15 minimum wage by 2024 and an immediate increase to $10.75 by 2019.
Source: 2018 Iowa gubernatorial campaign website Jul 17, 2017

Patty Judge: Increase the federal minimum wage & all working wages

Q: How do you view the state of the U.S. economy. If elected to the Senate, what would you do to strengthen it?

Patty Judge: The U.S. economy has recovered since the 2008 recession, however wages for working families remain stagnant. We have to increase wages and give working families a fair shot. To strengthen the economy, I support an increase to the federal minimum wage. We must also take action to end gender discrimination in pay once and for all.

Source: League of Women Voters on 2016 Iowa Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Patty Judge: Take action to increase the minimum wage

Middle class wages are stagnant and Patty believes we need to take action to increase wages and give working families across the nation a fair shot. This starts with increasing the minimum wage to allow working families to get ahead without working 2 or 3 minimum wage jobs at a time. Patty also believes we need to take action to end gender discrimination in pay to ensure that men and women are receiving equal pay for equal work.
Source: 2016 Iowa Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Andy McGuire: Dedicate resources to apprenticeships & job training

I'll work to make it easier for our community colleges to collaborate with their local business community and chambers of commerce to better align the supply of new workers with the needs of local available positions. And I'll support the creation of new entrepreneurship programs within our community colleges that work with people who want to start a small business but need help getting it off the ground.
Source: 2018 Iowa governor campaign website Jul 2, 2016

Andy McGuire: Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr

Republicans froze the minimum wage at $7.25/hour. In the process, they made Iowa the 3rd-lowest in the nation for minimum wage rates. This regressive policy hurts hardworking Iowans and forces many to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. At a time when corporate executives are making record profits, there should be no issue raising the minimum wage statewide.

I support raising the minimum wage to $15.00/ hour across Iowa. And as counties vote for higher minimums those should stand as well.

Source: 2018 Iowa governor campaign website Jul 2, 2016

Andy McGuire: Restoring collective bargaining for Iowa workers

Iowa workers saw an attack from Gov. Reynolds and Republicans in the legislature on their right to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits. No longer are our workers allowed to bargain over issues such as healthcare--something that I think is a vital benefit our workers depend on. Their legislation is nothing more than another handout to corporations while hardworking Iowans are forced to suffer. I will immediately restore collective bargaining rights for all Iowans.
Source: 2018 Iowa governor campaign website Jul 2, 2016

Patty Judge: Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, instead of tax breaks

Judge, who has served as a state senator and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in addition to lieutenant governor, wants to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, offer two years of fee community college for students meeting academic requirements and lift the cap on Social Security wage.

Senator Grassley, she said, has supported tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations, including the Bush-era tax cuts for those at the top. Grassley has a history of supporting tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and has opposed bills aimed at protecting American jobs, Judge added.

Rather than more tax breaks, she notes in a TV ad, the special interests "need to pay their fair share, because Washington is giving those at the top too much and it's time someone stood up for the rest of us."

Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette AdWatch on 2016 Iowa Senate race Jun 23, 2016

Rob Hogg: Pay discrimination threatens morale as well as society

Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

Al Gore: Base farm policy, like hormones in livestock, on science

Q: How would you ensure access to foreign markets for farm products?
A: We canít let Europe & Japan determine our farm policy. The decisions on hormones in livestock ought to be based on sound science. Not science controlled by people working for the companies that profit from these new technologies, but neutral, dispassionate experts who will give us the best & most accurate conclusions about their safety. If theyíre safe, if they enhance productivity at no risk, then we ought to be able to use them
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Alan Keyes: Family farms are nursery of moral character

Since the Republic was founded, the family farm has been understood as one of the bedrock sources of the moral character of this nation, of the sense of the combination of individuality and commitment to community. We lose the family farm and we lose the nursery of Americaís moral character. We therefore have a stake that goes beyond money, it goes beyond food. Itís a question of Americaís moral decency.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

John McCain: Ethanol is not worth it, even in Iowa

Iím here to tell you that I want to tell you the things that you donít want to hear as well as the things you want to hear. And one of those is ethanol. Ethanol is not worth it. It does not help the consumer. And those ethanol subsidies should be phased out and everybody here on this stage, if it wasnít for the fact that Iowa is the first caucus state, would share my view that we donít need ethanol subsidies. It doesnít help anybody.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Assist farmers in transition to free market

Q: You voted for the Freedom to Farm Act. A: Thatís right. And it was the right thing to do. If farmers want to make better profits off of their farm commodities, the only way to get there is to get into the free market. But having said that, we have not done a good job in helping on the transition. This has been a tough time for farmers. [One problem is] death taxes. A family farm has to be sold to pay the 55% death tax and thatís ridiculous. Iíll lead the fight to get rid of it.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Ethanol should be self-sufficient by 2007

Q: Do you think that ethanol has had a fair test in the marketplace? A: Iíve supported having a few years of a fair test. In the year 2007, when this current program expires, if it canít stand on its own two feet, then it ought to go. What we have here is a bankruptcy of finding new uses for agricultural products. With a little investment in imagination we will find fantastic productive uses that will pay very rich dividends. So, yes, let ethanol have its run to 2007. If it doesnít work, cut it out.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Raise wages by allowing growth, not by fiat

Q: Do you support the elimination of the minimum wage? A: If a state has a minimum wage, and they want to get rid of it, fine. But they are under federal law. We have a [federal] minimum wage and thereís no way they can opt out of that. But the best way to raise wages in this country is not through government decree. The way to do it is remove barriers to people getting ahead, have investment incentives, get more growth than we have today, which weíre capable of doing, and productivity - not by fiat.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Bill Bradley: Labor reform: Give teeth to pro-union laws

Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Bill Bradley: Supports unions for home-health & day-care workers

The lowest-paid workers in America are those who take care of our children and those who take care of our elderly parents when they are dying. Those workers deserve to be represented by a union because they deserve to have the power of the union behind them to give them leverage to get more money and better benefits for their family.
Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Bill Bradley: Increase minimum wage; universal health coverage

I am running so that more and more people can get to higher economic ground in this country. I believe we need more economic growth, more fairly shared. Thatís why we have to increase the minimum wage. Thatís why we need to make sure every American is covered by a health insurance policy in this country.
Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Dan Quayle: End farm crisis by more exports & tax relief

Quayle held Vice President Al Goreís agriculture policies responsible for the growing farm crisis by failing to address record-low commodity prices and declining land values. ďIf elected president, I will implement real solutions to end this farm crisis and save the family farm. That means ending government policies that are driving commodity prices down, expanding US agriculture exports around the globe, and enacting sweeping tax relief that reaches every farmer,Ē Quayle concluded.
Source: Press Release on Iowa Farm Crisis Aug 11, 1999

Steve Forbes: Farm crisis caused by federal policies

Americaís farm economy is in serious trouble. Interest rates are too high, and while the Federal Reserve raises rates, commodity prices have plummeted. Agriculture is in crisis and deeply flawed government policies are the cause. Now is the time for change. We need to reduce interest rates, tear down trade barriers to open new markets, reduce taxes and regulations on farmers, investigate potential anti-competitive practices, and encourage the use of private crop insurance. The time to act is now.
Source: Steve Forbes 2000 Online HQ, ďRadio ad in IowaĒ Aug 5, 1999

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