Heads of Iowa's Teacher Union and state taxpayer group clash over collective bargaining law

Taxpayers Association of Iowa says changes will be beneficial

IOWA - The heads of Iowa's Teacher Union and a state taxpayer group clashed this weekend over whether sweeping changes to the collective bargaining law, will benefit the public.

The president of the Taxpayers Association of Iowa says the changes adopted this past week, will be beneficial in containing government spending.

The president of the Iowa Education Association says, stripping public workers of bargaining rights won't actually save the state any money.

"I would look for taxpayers to not look for an immediate reduction in their tax bills," said Taxpayers Association of Iowa, Gretchen Tegeler. "Instead we have put the state and all of its government on a path to live within the means that are generated from the property taxes and other taxes."

"We have lots of things we would talk about at the bargaining table that had nothing to do with dollars." said Iowa State Education Association, Tammy Wawro. "It had to do with the evaluation of performance for the improvement of practice. It has to do with getting the right person into the right position and this bill does not allow us to even sit down and have a conversation with the school board even if our school board wanted to."   


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