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What You Need to Know About Collective Bargaining Reform

posted on February 3, 2017
  • Collective Bargaining Reform
  • Attend your legislator’s forum
  • Iowa Tax News


“Government is often littered with good ideas that may be will past their expiration date.”
– Rep. Zach Nunn http://buff.ly/2jvCJ6J 

 

Collective Bargaining Reform

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 schools 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 student’s 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.

Additionally 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! Click here to find your legislator.

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“If there’s an income tax reform plan, I will be the first one at the table giving up incentives.”
– Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Director, speaking at Economic Growth Committee meeting.

ITR agrees! Better structure, lower rates, fewer credits.

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Attend and Get Active!

Pro-taxpayer legislators have told us they would appreciate your attendance at these forums to provide some balance.  
These are not ITR sponsored forums.

Friday, February 3

Rep. Dean Fisher
Noon – Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce, Marshalltown

Rep. Joel Fry
8:00 a.m. – Wayne County Farm Bureau, Corydon
10:00 a.m. – Mosaic Office, Chariton
Noon –  Lakeside Casino, Osceola
2:00 p.m. – Leon Community Center, Leon

Rep. Lee Hein
9:00 a.m. – Delaware County Farm Bureau, Manchester

Rep. Gary Mohr
9:00 a.m. – Devil’s Glen HyVee, Bettendorf

Sen. Amy Sinclair 
8:00 a.m. – Farm Bureau, Corydon
10:00 a.m.- Mosaic Building, Chariton
Noon –  Lakeside Casino, Osceola
2:00 p.m. – Leon Community Center, Leon

Sen. Dan Zumbach
10:00 a.m. – Farm Bureau, Manchester

Saturday, February 4

Rep. Clel Baudler
8:00 a.m. – Farm Bureau Meeting Room, Guthrie Center
10:00 a.m. – Opera House, Greenfield

Rep. Gary Carlson
9:00 a.m. Muscatine Community College, Muscatine

Rep. Dave Deyoe
10:30 a.m. – Public Library, Eldora
1:00 p.m. – Chamber of Commerce, Story City

Sen. Julian Garrett 
10:00 a.m. – Supervisor’s Board Room, Warren County Administrative Building, Indianola

Rep. Dave Kerr
9:00 a.m. – Muscatine Community College, Muscatine
11:00 a.m. – Wapello Corner Market, Wapello

Sen. Mark Lofgren
9:00 a.m. Muscatine Community College, Muscatine

Rep. Shannon Lundgren
10:00 a.m. – Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque

Rep. Tom Moore
9:00 a.m. – Carson Community Center, Carson

Rep. Zach Nunn
10:00 a.m. – HyVee, Altoona

Rep. Sandy Salmon
9:00 a.m. – Community Room, Denver
11:00 a.m. – Library, Dunkerton

Rep. Larry Sheets
9:30 a.m. – Bridge View, Ottumwa

Rep. John Wills
8:00 a.m. – Foster Community Center, Rock Rapids
10:00 a.m. – Ocheyedan Senior Center, Ocheyedan

Rep. Matt Windschitl
10:00 a.m. – Onawa Library, Onawa

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Iowa Tax News

This week’s links of interest about tax issues in Iowa. Updated daily on:
Our website – www.taxrelief.org/resources
Facebook – @IowansforTaxRelief
Twitter – @ITRWatchdog 

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