Collective Bargaining Fact Sheet

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Iowa Collective Bargaining Fact Sheet

Iowa’s collective bargaining laws allow state government employee unions to negotiate on contract topics such as employee wages, promotions based on seniority, cost of health insurance, amount of vacation time, and how workers are evaluated and terminated.

  • Iowa teachers will NOT be hurt by collective bargaining reform.

Teachers have a complex set of skills. They should be rewarded for achievement. Compensation plans would be designed to reward staff involvement and planning. It will be easier to reward good employees. Teachers will have more rights and more say in their compensation with collective bargaining reform.

In 2011, Wisconsin limited collective bargaining to teacher’s base wages and allowed school districts to reward teachers based on more than years employed and education level. The impact in some is significant. For instance, The Weekly Standard found one school district increased starting teacher salaries 20% and receives “a couple hundred applications for every opening.” Studies also indicate students’ academic achievement have improved when the best teachers are rewarded.

  • Currently, taxpayer dollars are used to influence politicians.

When an Iowa state employee who is a union member receives their paycheck, the state payroll system, paid for by taxpayers, collects dues and political action dollars for government employee unions. These dollars are then used to influence political campaigns and buy favor with politicians.

In the 12 months prior to the 2016 election, Iowa’s largest public employee union, AFSCME, contributed over $620,000 to Democrat candidates and groups. The state should not be forced to use taxpayer funded resources to subsidize partisan political activity.

  • Let’s be fair! Iowa government employees earn far more and have better benefits than employees working in the private sector.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average Iowa state employee receives a $65,000 annual salary compared to $43,000 received by a private sector employee.

In fact, many state employees only contributed $20 per month for their health insurance premium!

Employee contribution for health insurance premiums:

2015 national average for all
government and private sector employees:

Single: 20%
Family: 31%

Many state of Iowa government employees:

Single: 1%
Family: 2%

Collective bargaining reform would make it easier for cities, counties, school districts, and state government to reward good employees, remove poor performing employees, and allow more control over their budgets.

Contact your legislators and encourage them to support collective bargaining reform in Iowa!
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