Daily Archives: February 9, 2017

Teamsters statement on proposed reckless changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws

DES MOINES – The Iowa Teamster Law Enforcement League – representing nearly half of all law enforcement contracts in the state –  issued the following statement today regarding reckless changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws proposed by Iowa Legislative Republicans. … Continue reading

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Iowa doesn’t need two classes of public sector unions | The Gazette

Republicans in control of the General Assembly weren’t lying when they said legislative proposals to change collective bargaining would put everything on the table. Less accurate were some lawmakers’ assurances that a “Wisconsin-style” gutting of public-sector unions wasn’t in the … Continue reading

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Here are the 5 key changes in Iowa’s collective bargaining bill

The union-reform bills introduced by Republican legislators this week represent a top-to-bottom rewrite of Iowa’s public employee collective bargaining law. In its broadest strokes, the 68-page legislation creates separate bargaining processes for public safety and non-public safety workers, largely preserving … Continue reading

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Obradovich: Union busting? Iowa GOP is coming close

Chants about “union busting” echoed through the Iowa Capitol this week as Republican lawmakers unveiled legislation to gut collective bargaining for most public employees. It’s not union busting, responded Rep. Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada.  If Republicans wanted to do that, he … Continue reading

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In short, the bill is WORSE than the bill passed in Wisconsin several years ago.

 Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to take away rights from law enforcement officers, teachers, nurses, and other Iowa workers who deserve fairness and a voice in their own workplace. Today, Republicans are taking the first step to get that bill … Continue reading

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Facts and Alternatives

IPP Budget & Policy Briefing • Feb. 10 • 7 p.m. Old Brick, Clinton and Market Streets, Iowa City DOORS OPEN 6:30 P.M. We’re about a month into the legislative session. Where do things stand on several big issues facing … Continue reading

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The Basics: Collective Bargaining & Chapter 20

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Download PDF: The Basics of Collective Bargaining The Iowa Public Employment Relations Act (often called Chapter 20 or Iowa’s collective bargaining law) was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Governor Bob Ray in 1974. The law lays … Continue reading

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Attend a Forum near you — Stand up for Collective Bargaining Rights!

The bills gutting collective bargaining are moving extremely quickly. If you’ve been waiting to take action, now is the time to do so. Senate File 213 and House Study Bill 84 completely destroy our rights to collectively bargain. If passed, … Continue reading

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What SF 213/HSB 84 mean for Iowa workers

The bills gutting collective bargaining are moving extremely quickly. If you’ve been waiting to take action, now is the time to do so. Senate File 213 and House Study Bill 84 completely destroy our rights to collectively bargain. If passed, … Continue reading

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Union members accuse GOP legislators of trying to ‘destroy’ unions

There was an emotional hearing this morning as dozens of union members packed into a capitol committee room to speak out against changes in Iowa’s collective bargaining law for unions that represent government workers. Teamster Jason Back works as a … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Statement on Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: The AFL-CIO opposed the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General because of the nominee’s long record of working to undermine the rights the … Continue reading

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Federal Road Swap Money HF 203

Background Currently there is approximately $150 million each year from the Federal government that flows to local communities for road construction projects. Projects that have this federal money must meet certain requirements that state and local money does not, some … Continue reading

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