Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Creating good jobs means playing by the rules

The great majority of Iowa employers respects and looks out for their employees. But by engaging in employee misclassifications, the bad actors threaten our state’s economy and harm businesses and hard-working Iowans that play by the rules.

There are more than 72,000 law-abiding employers here in Iowa. They correctly classify their employees, report quarterly wages and pay unemployment taxes. Yet they’re put at a competitive disadvantage by the employers who skirt the law.


The chief problem is employee misclassification. It occurs when employers wrongfully treat workers as “independent contractors” or pay the workers “off the books.”

In July 2009, we launched a Misclassification Unit at Iowa Workforce Department to address this problem. The misclassification unit reported recently that:
** 230 employers misclassified 2,602 workers.
** Total unreported wages were $61,073,494.
** Total state unemployment taxes due were $2,081,850.

When the Misclassification Unit finds violators, they collect the unemployment taxes owed and refer the case to the Department of Revenue and to Workers Compensation so that they can collect other taxes owed.

Thanks to these new efforts, we’re leveling the playing field for those businesses that follow the law and ensuring workers get the pay and benefits they deserve. For more information, go to


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