OSKALOOSA — The third edition of the Eggs & Issues forum held Saturday quickly turned into a passionate debate of proposed collective bargaining legislation, with several attendees challenging the three state politicians on the panel about the issue.
State Reps. Guy Vander Linden and Larry Sheets, as well as state Sen. Ken Rozenboom, were on hand at Smokey Row Coffeehouse in downtown Oskaloosa for the winter-time forum. The crowd inside was unofficially estimated at more than 120 people, many of whom came prepared to pepper the three politicos with questions and comments.
The majority of the speakers were focused on collective bargaining legislation being proposed in the Iowa legislature. Collective bargaining is detailed in Iowa Code 20. Some speakers claimed it was an effort to eliminate collective bargaining rights, while Vander Linden, Sheets and Rozeboom said legislation would not end collective bargaining, but rather reform it.
One attendee, Pella resident Suzy Card, asked numerous questions about the collective bargaining legislation and had one intense back and forth with all three politicians that led to other loud comments from the crowd of more than 120 people.
Others asked why the legislation was progressing so quickly through the legislature and also how it would affect teachers and other public education employees.
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