Union Lawyer Warns of Lawsuits on Overtime Pay

Iowa’s largest public employees union is warning of likely legal action after hundreds of government workers lost their overtime rights as of July 1st.

Under Iowa’s new collective bargaining law, professional employees who hold 160 different government jobs will no longer get paid for overtime.

There will be lawsuits it will cost the state to defend. -AFSCME lawyer Mark Hedberg

Mark Hedberg is an attorney for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees or AFSCME.

Hedberg told the legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee that under the new policy, federal law will provide the main oversight for professional employees.

That means complaints will move into the courts.

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