The law, which favors special interests (mostly out-of-state special interests) over working people, has stirred up strong opposition, including this message from Shannon Miller that was shared by the Iowa Federation of Labor:
My name is Shannon Miller and I am the wife of West Des Moines Officer Shawn Miller, who died in the line of duty last year.
My husband was a police officer for over 20 years. During those 20 years, Shawn was actively involved as a union steward and was the chief union steward for the West Des Moines Police Department at the time of his death.
While serving as a union steward and police officer, Shawn never decided personally who he served or protected. He protected and served everyone. I am very disillusioned and disappointed in our legislature. By choosing who receives protection, we are creating an uneven playing field and limiting a voice in their workplace.
Shame on Senator Zaun, shame on the Republicans, and shame on everyone who voted for this as it is a disservice to all public employees, especially those in public safety.
Laws like this are not fair, do not treat all Iowans or employees with respect, and are not worth the risk our public employees take every day in serving our communities.
Legislators should be ashamed of themselves for their actions and any implications by Senator Zaun that this bill somehow honors or respects police and fire [fighters] could not be more wrong.
Iowa deserves better and will do better when we vote again in November 2018.