A Presser from Matt Schultz, a Council Bluffs, IA councilman and one of the Republican candidates for Iowa Secretary of State:

Council Bluffs, Iowa – February 3, 2010 – Councilman Matt Schultz announced today his opposition to Governor Chet Culver’s Executive Order requiring all state departments and agencies to consider using Project Labor Agreements on large-scale construction projects.

Today Governor Chet Culver issued an Executive Order, while attending the Building and Construction Trades Convention, requiring all state departments and agencies to consider using “Project Labor Agreements” on large-scale construction projects. “This Executive Order is just another example of Union Pandering during an election year. If the Governor wanted to promote fairness and stop the underbidding of state projects by unethical contractors, who hire illegal aliens for cheap labor, the Governor should issue an Executive Order requiring all contractors making state bids to verify their workforce through the Federal E-Verify system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration. Iowa is a Right to Work State and all Iowans, including our Secretary of State, should stand-up and tell the Governor that we don’t want laws that take power away from the people and give it to the Unions under the disguise of Fairness.”

“When I am elected Secretary of State I will use the office as a Bully Pulpit to fight for Iowa Jobs. This would be a perfect opportunity for Michael Mauro to stand-up and show Iowa that he does not just administer all of the business filings in the state, but that he cares about Iowa’s Right to Work laws and promoting jobs. Iowa’s unemployment is at a 20 year high, our elected officials should focus on ways to promote jobs for all Iowans and not just for Unions. E-Verify allows businesses to verify their workforce making sure that Iowans are put to work and not illegal aliens. The Secretary of State should be promoting E-Verify through the Secretary of State website and encouraging Iowa businesses to verify their workforce, not only leveling the playing field for Unions, but making more jobs available to all Iowans.”

Councilman Matt Schultz announced his candidacy for Iowa Secretary of State on October 31, 2009, making a pledge to be a “Pro Jobs” Secretary of State and fight for Fair Elections.  Matt Schultz was first elected to the Council Bluffs City Council in 2005 and is in his second term. Matt is a graduate of Creighton Law School and the University of Iowa. Matt is married with three children and is an Attorney at the law firm of Coats, Schultz & Watson, LLP.

For more information, please visit www.VoteMattSchultz.com or contact Matt Schultz at (712) 322-0448.

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