Resolutions on Labor

Restore Public Employee Bargaining Rights

Whereas last year the Iowa Legislature virtually eliminated public employee bargaining for most Iowa public employees;

Whereas the original legislation passed in 1975 worked well for public employees, giving them an equal voice at the bargaining table over wages, benefits, and working conditions; the loss of this collective bargaining statue has resulted in the loss of talented public employees to states with collective bargaining laws and will decrease Iowa’s ability to compete for the most talented public servants.

Therefore let it be resolved that the Iowa Legislature must restore public employee bargaining rights in the same form and substance as the previous collective bargaining agreement.