From a Des Moines Register Article today:
A labor union gets free office space in a public building and its president’s salary is paid by taxpayers – an arrangement that a state lawmaker says is inappropriate.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Rep. Erik Helland, a Grimes Republican, said Wednesday.
Polk County gives American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1868 a small office in the county’s administration building in Des Moines.
The county also pays the $59,271 salary for the union’s full-time president, Dan Riley, and granted him a leave of absence from his county maintenance job.
The arrangement for the free office and full salary dates to 1979, records show.
“As a Polk County taxpayer, it just drives me nuts,” said Helland. “My tax money is going to house a union that is often adversarial to the county.