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Arbitrator hears dispute involving Iowa public workers union

posted Feb 25, 2013, 3:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 25, 2013, 9:00 PM ]
 | (Omaha, NE) World Herald \ AP | February 21, 2013 | 
The president of Iowa's largest public workers union said Thursday that he is hopeful a neutral arbitrator will grant favorable contract terms to his 20,000 members. Negotiations between Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees moved to binding arbitration on Feb. 11, after they failed to reach an agreement through negotiation. Danny Homan said both sides have presented arguments to a neutral arbitrator, and the two-year contract is expected March 7.