Collective Bargaining at The University of Iowa

This website provides information about University of Iowa policies that establish the employment practices for union-represented staff.

Iowa’s law covering collective bargaining for public employees changed in February 2017. Under the new law, unions negotiate wages for the employee groups they represent; other topics previously addressed during contract negotiations are covered by Regent and university policies.

University employee groups represented by unions include: 

Employee group: Represented in collective bargaining over wages by:
Regent Merit System staff, including blue collar, technical, security, and clerical staff as listed at Merit Job Classifications AFSCME Council 61
Staff nurses and other allied health professionals as listed at SEIU Job Classifications SEIU Local 199
Graduate teaching and research assistants UE Local 896/COGS

This site provides specific information about each employee group. It also provides an overview of changes to collective bargaining law enacted in 2017, information on Weingarten Rights, frequently asked questions, and information about resources. University Human Resources will update this site as new information becomes available.

Last updated: June 21, 2017


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