Labor workers say closing UI center will cause more workplace fatalities

Published: Jul. 11, 2018 at 11:25 PM CDT
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Tuesday, the University of Iowa announced plans to close several campus centers, including the University's Labor Center, blaming it on state budget cuts. Wednesday, speakers representing Iowa workers held a press conference to protest that decision.

Some of the key points were to show how important the Labor Center is to all of Iowa's citizens, and that budget cuts are not a rational reason.

"I don't know how much of a value you can put on one work site fatality but by closing the Labor center, work site fatalities will go up. Workplace discrimination will go up, workplace harassment will go up. And for the new dean and the university president to say that they want to save less money than the president makes in a single year, and kill people in the process is not acceptable," Jesse Case with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said.

The University of Iowa says it's closing several campus centers and cutting dozens of jobs because of state budget cuts.