AFSCME appeals lawsuit challenging collective Iowa bargaining law

Iowa’s largest union for public employees has filed an appeal in a case challenging the state’s new law sharply limiting collective bargaining rights.

The suit, filed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 in February, was dismissed by a Polk County judge late last month.

The appeal, filed Tuesday, could bring the case before the Iowa Supreme Court.

“We have no timeline for knowing whether or not the Supreme Court of Iowa will hear our case, but we will never stop fighting for the rights of Iowa public employees,” AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said in a statement announcing the appeal. “Republicans at the Capitol thought they could silence us by gutting the collective bargaining law, but they underestimated the power of working Iowans determined to reclaim their rights.”

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