Collective Bargaining at The University of Iowa

Changes to the portion of Iowa law regarding collective bargaining by public employees occurred in February 2017, and this webpage is now updated to provide information on how those changes affect employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement at the University of Iowa.

Employees in certain job classifications at the UI are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Regents or the State of Iowa, and public employee unions. These unions bargain on behalf of certain Merit and Graduate Assistant employees, as well as professional employees providing tertiary health care.

Employees can determine if their job classifications are covered by one of the collective bargaining agreements listed below by reviewing Appendix A of the AFSCME contract (Merit), Section 2 of the COGS contract (Graduate Assistants), and Section 2 of the SEIU contract (professional tertiary health care).

The current collective bargaining agreements affecting university staff will remain in effect until they expire on June 30, 2017. The “Overview of Changes Due to Recent Legislation” will provide information related to the new contracts that take effect July 1, 2017. This website will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.


Timeline chart. Text version is below.

  • Governor signed into law changes in Chapter 20 -Feb 17, 2017
  • Negotiations for contracts starting July 1 must restart
  • Current contracts with public employee unions expire - June 30, 2017
  • UI Policies and Administrative Rules to apply


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