Iowa Teacher Unions Gearing up for Decertification

Teacher union other public sector union officials are gearing up for battles as annual recertification elections take place in Iowa beginning tomorrow. Jason Noble has the story in the Des Moines Register Online.

Starting Tuesday, individual bargaining units around the state — representing public school teachers, city snowplow drivers and county sheriff’s deputies, among many others — will vote on whether to continue or dissolve their union affiliations, many of which have been in place for decades.

The yes-or-no elections are one immediate and ongoing consequence of the sweeping labor reform law enacted by Republican lawmakers earlier this year. In addition to sharply limiting the items public sector unions can bargain over, the new law requires local unions to conduct and win recertification elections ahead of every new contract.