For unions, electing Democratic governor would be a good start

CEDAR RAPIDS — A little help. That’s what union members are looking for from Iowa’s next governor.

“A governor who would listen to working people’s concerns,” Hawkeye Area Labor Council President Kelly Steinke said at the group’s annual steak fry Saturday night.

“A governor who’s not afraid to stand up for working people,” added Executive Director Rick Moyle.

In the wake of the 2017 legislative session, in which Republican majorities reduced Iowa’s collective bargaining law to a shell of its former self and reduced workers’ compensation benefits, union members are looking to reverse what they see as an anti-labor mind-set.

“That would be a good start,” Moyle said.

But it might not be enough, he cautioned.

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