Public employees in Iowa received a big smack on the mouth on Valentine's Day when a measure was introduced that calls for the elimination of collective bargaining rights.
Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, introduced the legisation, Senate File 2187, that would prohibit the state, its agencies, departments, boards, commissions and its political subdivisions from renewing or modifying any collective bargaining agreement once the measure is enacted.
The terms of current public employee collective bargaining agreements would continue until their expiration dates.
The public employment relations board would continue its duties until the expiration or termination of all collective bargaining agreements entered into prior to the law's enactment.
Government entities impacted by the elimination of collective bargaining are allowed to submit reports to the General Assembly by December of this year on recommendations for transition provisions that might be needed to fully enact the law.
The measure was referred to the Senate State Government Committee.
Lobbyists representing union interests have already declared their opposition to the measure.