Teachers vote overwhelmingly to maintain unions in initial voting

Thirteen bargaining units representing nearly 1,300 Iowa teachers and faculty have voted overwhelmingly to maintain their union affiliations in the first wave of elections required under Iowa’s new collective bargaining laws.

Iowa Public Employment Relations Board staff tallied votes Tuesday, as the two-week voting period drew to a close.

Of the 1,291 eligible voters, 1,101 voted in favor of maintaining their union’s bargaining unit while 27 voted to dissolve them. Sixteen ballots were voided and 147 people did not vote.

“I think it’s silly we had to do this, but our people understood what’s at stake and they voted, and I think they sent a message,” said Iowa State Education Association President Tammy Wawro.

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