Arbitration Award Expected for State Workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An arbitration award is expected to be announced for the state's largest public sector union.
Danny Homan, president of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says the two-year contract is expected Thursday. The two sides went to arbitration earlier this year because they couldn't reach a deal through negotiation.
The union, which represents about 20,000 workers statewide, has clashed with Gov. Terry Branstad over terms. Branstad has called for union members to start paying a portion of their health care costs, while the union is seeking to maintain current health benefits and 3 percent raises over the life of the contract.
Contracts have been settled through arbitration just twice since state workers started collective bargaining in 1977.
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