Letter: Stop HF 295; put people over profit

For years, working-class communities across Iowa fought hard, pushing local governments to lead where state government has failed us, recently winning raises and the beginnings of vital economic relief for many.

Now corporate representatives in the Iowa Legislature are pushing back with bills like House File (HF) 295 slated to cut wages for 100,000 of us by denying localities the ability to raise them.

This, along with attacks on union rights, health care, clean water, and many other essentials, is why we must join with friends and neighbors, in organizations like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, to stop this immoral, top-down assault and pass policies that benefit all of us — among them expanded union rights, universal health care, and a living wage of at least $15 an hour. The first step is to stop HF 295 — we can either meet people’s needs or feed corporate greed, but we can’t do both. It’s time for our legislature to put people and planet over profit.

Eli Shepherd

Iowa City


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