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State employees shoot down request to forgo wage increase

DES MOINES – The state of Iowa requested that its contract-covered union employees forgo a raise – and they said no way.

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 said Monday that a request came to them from the State of Iowa for State contract-covered employees to forgo the 1.25% wage increase they received, as per their contract, at the beginning of this year. According to union president Danny Homan, “this request came with no promise of fewer layoffs or anything as a ‘trade off’ for those affected. Both our Bargaining Committee and I were adamant that this decision needed to be made by the members it would effect.”

From February 6 – 11, votes were cast all across the state by over 50% of state contract members. Many new members also joined the Union to have their voice heard on this important decision.

With over 50% of members voting, 97.5% voted “no” and 2.5% voted “yes.” This means that the 1.25% wage increase will remain in place.

“The members have clearly spoken and their decision has been relayed to the State,” Mr. Homan said. “Please keep in mind that the current budget crisis was in no way created by public employees, so attempting to balance the budget on our backs is irresponsible and unjust.”

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