Legislators in Iowa have introduced a bill that would dramatically curtail the privileges of higher education labor unions.
House Study Bill (HSB) 84 changes the rules for union members, including education unions, with regards to collective bargaining, tenure, and salary.
One component of the bill, for instance, would ban professors from taking a leave of absence to attend political events, while other provisions eliminate employment advantages and perks based on seniority.
While the bill is still in its infancy, having just gone through its first committee hearing Wednesday, many public sector employees, including those in higher education, have expressed significant concerns about the bill’s implications, according to Inside Higher Ed.
In a survey conducted by a University of Northern Iowa’s faculty union, 82 percent of professors said they would consider leaving the school if their collective bargaining rights are rescinded, and fully 97 percent opined that collective bargaining is important for their morale.
Several respondents compared the proposal to legislation passed by Wisconsin in 2011 eliminating collective bargaining for public-sector employees, which led to an unsuccessful recall election to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“Republicans said they were just going to tweak a couple things in the legislation on collective bargaining, but this isn’t tweaking,” complained Joe Gorton, president of the UNI faculty union. “We won’t be able to negotiate on evaluation, we won’t be able to negotiate on reductions in force or staff cuts or grievance procedures or health insurance—all these things are [off] the table.”
I don't think Iowa will miss you, Professor.
It will be just another unfulfilled promise. Leftists have no principles...
Won't leave, especially if tenured, they are prostitutes to their beliefs for their huge salaries.
Unions threats to leave offer new Hope to Iowans!
"82 percent of professors said they would consider leaving the school if their collective bargaining rights are rescinded, and fully 97 percent opined that collective bargaining is important for their morale."
Do us a favor and leave! We need to clean out this swamp across the nation as well. It has been turned into the school of evil learning.
Barry, You beat me to saying exactly what you have stated above. Hence, I agree 100,000%!
Frank, just think of all those new jobs opening up! :)
What a great chance to fill all those vacant Professor positions with Conservatives.
Bye Bye !!
if unions are great then why does 1 have to pay to join them
how come tax payers never have a say in negociations that involve employees who get paid with tax money ? the tax payers have to deal with any short comings and foot the bill .