Basu: Settlements show state disregarded contract promises

As questions grew this week over the propriety of secret settlements with fired state employees at 10 agencies, the state made public copies of some of the 321 settled grievances from the start of Gov. Terry Branstad’s current term in 2011.

But rather than quell concerns, the documents expand them.

It’s not just secret payouts to at-will and management-level employees to leave their jobs — because of their ties to Democrats, they allege — that should make Iowans uneasy. There are also non-confidential settlements with union employees, sometimes not involving financial settlements, that suggest the state has flouted collective bargaining agreements and procedures, and in some cases Iowa law.

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