Across Iowa, we know there are many questions concerning the new upcoming recertification elections. This new requirement under House File 291 will affect all public bargaining units operating under an annual contract this year and all bargaining units in future years. As a result, PERB Board Members and Administrative Law Judges will be holding a series of regional meetings across Iowa to update the latest information that we have available to share.
We hope these meetings will be informative and they will all offer the opportunity for questions and answers. We know this is a major change for Iowans and are doing our best to offer outreach to help inform both management and labor of what is required under the new statute in this policy area. It is our intention for these meetings not to be a debate over the merits of the law, which is not the responsibility of PERB as a neutral agency. Rather, we are trying to provide information on how the new law will be put into practice.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact PERB on this or any other matter as issues arise. Please continue to monitor our website for updates on a variety of other topics as well. We are continuously adding new information to that site. Again, our hope is that these meetings are another opportunity for you to learn as much as possible about the new system and interact with questions that you have.
Thanks kindly for your time and attention to this matter. If your schedule allows, we look forward to seeing you at one of these upcoming meetings
Regional Meetings: Recertification Elections PERB will be presenting the latest information concerning the upcoming recertification elections. This will be followed by a question and answer session. In addition, PERB staff will be available afterwards for individual questions. This is not a debate on the recent changes in law but rather an informative update on how the upcoming recertification elections will work. These public meetings are open to all that have an interest. At locations where there are two meetings, the presentation will be the same but are being presented twice for additional opportunity for attendance.
Wednesday, August 23: Creston, 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00 pm, Creston High School Auditorium, 601 W. Townline St.
Thursday, August 24: Ankeny, 6:00-7:00 pm, Neveln Center Dining Hall, 306 SW School St.
Wednesday, August 30: Fort Dodge, 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00 pm, Iowa Central Community College, Bioscience Building Auditorium, One Triton Circle
Thursday, August 31: Mason City, 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00 pm, NIACC, Muse Norris Conference Center, 500 College Drive
Tuesday, September 5: Dubuque, 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30 pm, Carnegie-Stout Public Library (Aigler Auditorium), 360 West 11th St.
Wednesday, September 6: Waterloo, 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00 pm, Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall (Room 102), Main Campus
Wednesday, September 6: Council Bluffs, 2 pm, Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave.
Wednesday, September 6: Sioux City, 6:00-7:00 pm, Northwest AEA-Room B, 1520 Morningside Ave.
Wednesday, September 13: Spencer, 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30 pm, Spencer Public Library, 21 East 3rd St., Spencer, IA
Tuesday, September 19: Fort Madison, 12:00-1:00 pm, Fort Madison Public Library, 1920 Ave. E, Fort Madison
Tuesday, September 19: Ottumwa, 5:30-6:30 pm, Great Prairie AEA, 2814 N. Court
Tuesday, October 4: Cedar Rapids, 2:30-3:30 pm, Grant Wood AEA, 1120 33rd Ave. SW