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union, 82 percent of professors said they would consider leaving the school if their collective bargaining rights are rescinded, and fully 97 percent opined that collective bargaining is important for their morale.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.”
My mom was born on a farm, in rural New Hampshire, in 1902 and used to tell us tales about she and her sister having to walk 3 miles, to get to their little one-room school, through 2 feet of snow - --"up hill, both ways"!! LOL For awhile, we bought the whole thing; the only parts that were real, were walking the 3 miles (it was only 1 1/2 each way) and 2 feet of snow, in the deepest part of winter, was the norm back then.
Oh, please do leave and don't let the door hit your ass on your way out. Stupid professors think they are irreplaceable.
They ARE! But who would WANT to? That would be like putting a bad bulb in a lamp and expecting to READ with it! They should be DISCARDED along with household TRASH!
Excellent video... I encourage everyone to listen to this testimony ... the words of a former citizen of the USSR and now an American Citizen warns of the problems with the Alynskites and Islam in the US government.
Listen to all of it... It takes 12 minutes... he talks about invasion by immigration and the penetration of our government by the Muslim Brotherhood... Hijrah
I'm not from iowa but tis would e my reply