During this past week in Des Moines teachers have come together to take on the Iowan capital to express their pay wants and needs. Educators are furious on how little of pay in the state of Iowa that they might start receiving with a law change, when they feel that a four year education (bachelor’s degree) should earn them a higher salary/wage.
This event is considered the March for the Iowa’s Teachers Rally. It is important to note that this group of educators are public educators and that this event took place only five days after changes to a collective-bargaining bill were introduced to the legislature. The proposed changes would affect the teachers salaries/wages, benefits and bargaining rights. This rally was simply a way for public school teachers to voice their opinions on these possible changes.
Several teachers that spoke at the event were upset in the sense that they actually were making threats to the government. Threats that include not being able to teach students any longer because it won’t be financially possible for their own families. Educators are concerned for not being able to afford their lifestyle they have not so quickly adapted to with the little pay they originally have, but to deduct it would make financial variables much harder on these families.
It is important to note that if this bill is signed by the governor of the state, it will take effect immediately. Not only concerning Iowans but concerning other state residents from all over the country as well. The same bill was proposed in the state of Wisconsin and signed in by their governor and educators are already claiming that the state is driving teachers away.
Signs send a powerful message and the media eats it up. Posters and signs reading things such as, “We educate the future” and “If you can think, thank a teacher.” Within the next few hours, these teachers have gathered the attention of the whole state of Iowa.
Iowa state senator’s claim that they find the news of the proposal shocking and that any state worker should have a say in the terms of their employment.
“We can’t silence their voices in terms of their benefits, wages, their working conditions,” announces state Senator Nate Boulton, a democrat from Des Moines, Iowa. “It’s an important thing that Chapter 20 does, to give workers a chance to be active in the terms and conditions of their employment.”
We can conclude that the public educators of Iowa are obviously upset and that the State of Iowa is aware of what the possible outcomes of turning this bill into a law could be. Public educators in the state of Iowa came together as a unified group of powerful individuals to help save their occupation that is so vital to the advancement of our society. Overall trying to prevent changes similar to the state of Wisconsin’s that seems to be sending their teachers adrift.
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