Iowa Teacher Union Files Suit Against Bargaining Law


In a desperate attempt to keep teachers corralled in their monopoly bargaining contracts, Iowa State Education Association officials have filed suit against the new monopoly bargaining law instead of using their manpower and money (forced dues) to figure out how they can be more responsive to their membership. ISEA President Tammy Wawro disavows the need for a lawsuit, which apparently has already been filed by the union.  Joyce Russell has the story on Iowa Public Radio.

The new law requires all public employee bargaining units to periodically vote to continue to be represented by unions.

“We will look at all avenues to make things right for our members,” said ISEA President Tammy Wawro.  “It’s premature to be talking about a lawsuit.”

Voting ends Tuesday for several hundred teachers in school districts and community colleges across the state.

Roughly 475 public sector bargaining units will face recertification votes next month.  That ballot will involve 34,000 public sector workers employed by the state, counties, cities and schools.

Eventually the recertification vote will be conducted for all of Iowa’s more than 1200 public sector bargaining units.

The ISEA and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are already in court challenging the constitutionality of the collective bargaining law.