AFSCME is closer than ever to finally passing legislation that would allow Union to collect reimbursement from non-members for their services.

The Bill
House File 2420 (Click for bill text and history)


  • Applies only to the executive branch of state government, not city, county, schools, or private businesses.
  • Only relates to contract bargaining and grievances processed by the Union, not political or educational activities.
  • Iowa’s Right to Work law is not in jeopardy. Reasonable Reimbursement would not repeal it either.
  • Is not forced unionization. No one will be forced to join a Union or other organization if they do not want to.
  • Only allows the subject to be negotiated. Must be agreed to by both management and the bargaining unit before being implemented
  • If non-members believe that they are being assessed a fee that is higher than what they should be charged, they are able to challenge that fee.
  • Fees are limited to 65% of dues rate, even if the identified costs exceed this amount. (Membership dues could still be paying costs attributable to non-members)

News Items

Fair share brings equality to labor

posted Feb 22, 2010, 7:03 AM by Unknown user

| Karl Schilling, Des Moines | Des Moines Register (IA) | February 22, 2010 |
Opponents of fair share are saying that the legislation would erode the Iowa right-to-work laws. One can only hope. Right to work really means a right to work for low wages, a right to be treated unfairly and a right to be terminated without cause. Right to work is a bill of goods sold to obscure the real motivations of the proponents: to be able to pay low wages and to get tax credits and other kinds of corporate welfare in order to stay in Iowa and replace businesses that try to treat employees with decency and respect.

Speakers disagree on merits of labor bill

posted Feb 18, 2010, 6:18 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 18, 2010, 6:21 PM ]

| JASON CLAYWORTH | | February 18, 2010 |
A controversial labor proposal would either trash the state's right-to-work law and wreck its economy or offer 'reasonable reimbursements' ...

Dozens sign up to speak at hearing on 'fair share'

posted Feb 18, 2010, 6:03 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 18, 2010, 6:17 PM ]

| | Jason Clayworth | ‎Feb 17, 2010‎ |
House File 2420 would give Iowa's executive-branch public employees the right to negotiate on whether nonunion workers should reimburse unions

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