“I want to rise up for union rights and expanding the union movement in this state,” Glasson said. “Reversing the changes to collective bargaining and restoring union rights to 184,000 public employees is a good first step.”

Glasson also wants to reverse the right-to-work laws in Iowa. She strongly supports unions, and her campaign staff is unionized.

WATERLOO — Cathy Glasson, Democratic candidate for governor, held a town hall at SingleSpeed Brewery on Tuesday evening.

For an hour Glasson answered questions from supporters about education, unions, legalizing marijuana and health care.

A crowd of 20 people met in one of SingleSpeed’s party rooms to listen to Glasson two weeks prior to the June 5 primary.

“Iowans that I’ve talked to and listened to are ready to rise for universal, single-payer health care, Medicare for all on the federal level,” said Glasson a former intensive unit nurse. “We all know we have to get the health insurance companies out of our health care system so that you get the care you need whenever you need it, and you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay it at the end of the day.”

Glasson went on to say if a universal health care system isn’t passed federally, Iowa should pass it on the state level.

Glasson is polling third among Democrats in the race for governor with 13 percent support among likely voters, according to a recent Des Moines Register poll.

“Some of my opponents, and they are well-intentioned Democratic opponents, talk about quality affordable accessible health care,” Glasson said. “I don’t know what that means, do you?”

Glasson has said if elected the first thing she’d do is establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

“On day one, I’ve been pretty clear, is call the Iowa Legislature and increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour as their first order of business,” Glasson said. “At least one out of every three families in our state struggles to make ends meet every single month.”

Iowans are working two to three jobs trying to get by, Glasson said.

“That’s a major problem,” Glasson said. “We have a low-wage economy that’s not good for the state.”

Glasson would support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee, but she would push them to support progressive issues.

“I’m going to push them to stand up for single-payer, universal health care, which none of them are standing up on now,” Glasson said.

Glasson, along with the other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, supports reversing the privatization of Medicaid.

“We can do that without legislation,” Glasson said.

During Glasson’s question-and-answer period she addressed federal and state issues on the backfill, funding public education and unions.

“I want to rise up for union rights and expanding the union movement in this state,” Glasson said. “Reversing the changes to collective bargaining and restoring union rights to 184,000 public employees is a good first step.”

Glasson also wants to reverse the right-to-work laws in Iowa. She strongly supports unions, and her campaign staff is unionized.

Glasson pointed to the recent teacher strikes in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

“Those strikes were in deeply red states,” Glasson said. “Employers have more power than workers without unions.”

Building a progressive movement that lasts beyond this election is a priority, Glasson said.

“It’s about building a long sustained progressive movement that is there for years and years to come,” Glasson said. “Even if Kim Reynolds gets re-elected in November, gods forbid, we (can) mobilize and organize at the state Capitol.”

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