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House File 291: Iowa’s New Bargaining Rights Law

House File 291: Iowa’s New Bargaining Rights Law

IOWA – Friday, March 3, Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 291 into law. Iowa’s new bargaining rights law changes the Iowa Public Employment Relations Act, often called Iowa’s collective bargaining law or Chapter 20, legislation enacted in 1974 that permits public employees to organize and bargain collectively.

Under House File 291, unions that represent non-public safety workers will no longer be able to bargain on items such as health insurance or use payroll deduction to collect dues. The law also limits union involvement in contract negotiations in the areas of evaluation procedures, staff reduction, leave of absence, insurance benefits and other fringe benefits.

Some say the new law has many similarities as Wisconsin’s Act 10 that passed in 2011. Act 10 eliminated most of the union’s rights to negotiate retirement pensions and health insurance on behalf of Wisconsin’s public workers.

What do you think of House File 291? Comment below!


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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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