"What the bill does: For non-public safety employees, contract negotiations would be limited only to wages. That’s a significant change from current law, which requires benefits such as health insurance, vacation time and seniority perks, as well as work conditions such as hours, overtime pay and evaluation procedures, to be negotiated collectively. Additionally, many of those items that currently must be bargained for would be explicitly banned from future negotiations, including insurance and seniority benefits and evaluation procedures," as stated in a Des Moines Register article. Here are the 5 key changes in Iowa's collective bargaining billJason Noble and Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines RegisterPublished 7:25 p.m. CT Feb. 8, 2017
Just so you know...my husband is one of the state workers who was affected by this new regulation. All policies regarding leave, overtime, etc are being rewritten and the collective bargain unit has NO say and the workers have NO say in what is being done. The collective bargaining unit was actually doing an excellent job by protecting workers from the disparities Iowa sees in workers in the private sector. As an at will state, Iowa employers have a lot of freedom as far as termination of employees for ANY reason and the employer does not have to reveal those reasons to an employee.
From a brochure produced by the state of Iowa, "non-prohibited topics are “permissive,” and can be left in contracts or discussed in negotiations, as long as both parties agree. Examples include: Overtime pay Incentive pay for certain shifts, additional duties, years of service or other factors Hours and work schedules Breaks and lunch periods Vacation, sick leave, bereavement leave, holidays, or other time off Grievance procedures for resolving workplace problems “Just cause” standards to ensure due process in discipline Seniority Health and safety provisions Job postings, classifications, training," University of Iowa (Quick Guide to Understanding Public Sector Bargaining under Iowa ’s New Law, February, 2018 The University of Iowa Labor Center). Link may be found here: https://www.iowaaflcio.org/system/files/quick_guide_to_understanding_ia_public_sector_barg2018_1.pdf
The key to this that BOTH parties have to agree to negotiate the topic. If BOTH parties do NOT agree the issue may NOT negotiated giving the state a very broad breadth as far as denying workers rights.