Wage freeze proposed for Iowa public employees

afscmeDES MOINES — The state has proposed no wage increase over the next two years and a rain check on health insurance to workers represented by Iowa’s largest public employee union, leading the union’s top official to declare the governor is “trying to hurt” those public employees.

The state made its collective bargaining counteroffer Wednesday to leaders of AFSCME Council 61, which represents 18,500 public employees who work in education, corrections and mental health care, among others.

The union had proposed wage increases of 2.5 percent in 2017 and 2.25 percent in 2018. The state countered with a proposal of flat wages over the next two years.

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