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Survivor: Iowa Law Curtailing Public Union’s Powers Fends Off Court Challenge

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A Polk County, Iowa, judge has dismissed a lawsuit we blogged about recently that challenged a new Iowa law curtailing the collective bargaining powers of the state’s public sector unions. Immediately after the law was passed in February, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 (AFSCME) filed a lawsuit claiming the law violated the state’s constitution. AFSCME is a large public sector union representing tens of thousands of government workers in Iowa.

 

The new law drastically limits the subjects over which those unions can bargain, primarily regarding wages. Further, before entering into any collective bargaining negotiation, each local public union must now hold and prevail, by a majority of covered employees, in a “recertification election.”

 

The union is signaling it likely will appeal the court’s decision, citing the fact that Iowa public sector unions largely prevailed in recertification votes held last week under the new law (436  of 468 eligible public-sector bargaining units were recertified in the votes). For the time being, however, the law remains in effect. Stay tuned.

 

David Pryzbylski

Recently recognized as one of the top under-40 labor lawyers in the nation by Law360, David J. Pryzbylski’s interest in labor relations began early in high school, having grown up next to several of the largest steel mills in the world. Today, David is a Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Labor & Employment Department. Building on his interest in labor relations, he concentrates a large portion of his practice on assisting employers with traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining; work stoppages; arbitrations; union avoidance training and strategies; union representation elections; unfair labor practice charges; contract administration; and various other labor relations issues.

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