In Biggest Vote Since New Law, Iowa Public Unions Overwhelmingly Choose to Recertify


Thousands of Iowa teachers, snowplow drivers and corrections officers voted overwhelmingly to maintain their union affiliations in a round of high-stakes voting that concluded Tuesday.

Results issued Wednesday by the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board showed 436 out of 468 public-sector bargaining units voted to recertify their organizations. Voter participation was 88 percent.

"It shows that public sector employees, working men and women, both members and non-members, want to have a union, want to have a voice at the table," said Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Iowa Council 61, which represents more than 40,000 public employees in Iowa. "... I believe this sends a very strong message."

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