We passed badly needed collective bargaining reform
In 2017, when Republicans took control of the legislature, we passed badly needed collective bargaining reform. Six years after these reforms were implemented, we've seen what's possible when taxpayers have a seat at the table. And we've seen employee
relations improve. Public employees now get rewarded for their work, not just their seniority. And rather than seeing each other as adversaries, our managers and employees are working together.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature
, Jan 10, 2023
Reduce unemployment benefits from six months to 16 weeks
We start by revamping our unemployment system so that it becomes a re-employment system. Today, there are many more job openings than Iowans on unemployment. Those Iowans have six months to collect unemployment benefits while they look for one of the
many open jobs. Frankly, that's more time than necessary. I'll be introducing a bill that lowers benefits to 16 weeks--about four months--and ensures that those collecting unemployment can't turn down suitable jobs while living on taxpayer funds.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature
, Jan 11, 2022
Double required job searches; drop federal benefits early
Iowa will double the number of weekly work search requirements for people on unemployment benefits starting early next year. Reynolds ended Iowa's participation in three federal pandemic unemployment programs in June--nearly three months before they
were supposed to expire--in an attempt to prompt people to return to the workforce. So far, those cuts to unemployment benefits haven't appeared to show a sustained boost to Iowa's employment and economy.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial race
, Oct 20, 2021
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 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race
, Nov 1, 2018
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
Voting NAY on ending gender identity wage discrimination
Excerpts from Iowa legislative summary : An Act providing that wage discrimination is an unfair employment practice under the Iowa civil rights Act [for these new additional definitions of discrimination]:
includes discriminating against any employee because of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability.
Such wage discrimination unjustly discriminates against the person receiving the
lesser rate; and leads to low employee morale, high turnover, and frequent labor unrest.
It is the policy of this state to correct and, as rapidly as possible, to eliminate, such discriminatory wage practices.
An employer paying discriminatory
wages shall not remedy the violation by reducing the wage rate of other employees.
Legislative outcome: Passed Senate, 32-18, Feb. 16, 2009; Sen. Kim Reynolds voted NAY; Passed House, March 18; signed by Governor, April 28