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Iowa public workers to hold unity rally in Bayliss Park

Posted at 6:23 AM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 07:28:11-05

In Iowa, a new bill introduced by republican law makers earlier this month has union workers ready to fight.

Many are upset over proposed changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws that govern how people like teachers, corrections officers and other public sector union workers negotiate their wages, healthcare and other employee benefits.

Non-public safety workers say this proposed law would strip their voices.

Labor unions plan to be loud during a rally at a Bayliss Park this Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.

This comes on the heels of a very tense meet-up with Iowa lawmakers over the weekend.

It all centers around house study bill 84 and senate file 2-13. 

The proposal would affect collective bargaining rights of non-public safety workers.

If passed, the only mandatory item up for negotiation between employees and their employers would be base wages.

Lawmakers and affected workers can't see eye-to-eye on the matter.

Under the new law, the only mandatory item up for negotiation between employees and their employers would be base wages.

Some times would become excluded from negotiations altogether like evaluation procedures, seniority, and insurance.