The current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the state employee unions will expire at the end of FY 2011 (June 30, 2011). The CBA sets the terms of salary, benefits, work hours, overtime pay and several other items for state employees that belong to one of the state employee unions.
The state is currently in the process of negotiations with unions representing state employees for salaries and benefits for FY 2012 and FY 2013. Chapter 20, Code of Iowa, establishes the framework and timeline for the bargaining process. The basic deadlines are:
- August through September – Unions request collective bargaining
- November through December – Unions and the State present initial proposals
- January through March – Negotiations occur, which may include the appointment of a mediator, fact finding and binding arbitration
- March 15th – Deadline for impasse procedure and filing of neutrals award if required
There is some concern that an out-going governor will rush a rich package through before the next governor is inaugurated. House Republicans will strenuously object if this happens. In addition, House Republicans hope that some of our ideas for saving the taxpayers money (including charging state employees a nominal amount each month for health insurance) will be included in the next CBA.