Paul Iversen plays the part of the “Bad Guis” and takes the microphone from Mazahir Salih during a rally on the pedestrian mall. Wednesday, March 8, 2017. — photo by Zak Neumann
A group of about 60 people gathered in the Iowa City Ped Mall Wednesday afternoon to voice their opposition to House File 295, a bill that would restrict local governments from regulating things like minimum wage. Opponents of the bill say it takes aim at ordinances passed in four Iowa counties, including Johnson County, to raise the local minimum wage.
Wednesday was also International Women’s Day, which was reflected in the signs and speeches at the event. Center For Worker Justice President Mazahir Salih led the rally which featured several local women who would be impacted by HF 295. After several speeches the group delivered letters requesting opposition to this legislation to management at Wells Fargo Bank and the Sheraton Hotel, both businesses that have shown support for the bill in the past.
The rally also featured a bit of humor as Paul Iverson playing the part of the “Bad Guis” (Business And Development Global Unified Industrial Society) took the microphone from Salih and ranted against workers rights and the minimum wage, only to be met with laughter and booing from the crowd.