Questions Remain About New Collective Bargaining Union Elections

Statewide Iowa — A state official overseeing Iowa’s new collective bargaining law says he expects the courts may have to weigh in if employees lose their union representation in first-ever recertification voting.

Voting ends Tuesday for several hundred teachers in 13 school districts and community colleges across the state. The Public Employment Relations Board is advising workers that if the vote fails, their contract with their employer goes away. But board chair Mike Cormack says not everyone agrees.

The new collective bargaining law requires all public employee bargaining units to periodically vote to continue to be represented by unions. Cormack says it’s not crystal clear that if a recertification vote fails that teacher contracts with their employer go away.

A spokesman for the Iowa State Education Association said they will look at all avenues to make things right for their members. The I-S-E-A and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees are already in court challenging the constitutionality of the collective bargaining law.

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