Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 11, 1974, Page 9

Cedar Rapids Gazette

February 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Collective Bargaining Questions Many, Answers Elusive By Frank Nye DBS MOINES A "no-strike" bill (SF 531) passed last year by the senate, authorizing public employes of Iowa to bargain collectively with their govern- mental employers, is set for debate in the house on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. It is one of the most contro- versial bills that will come be- fore the 1974 legislature. Questions about it come up daily and find legislators and lobbyists putting hundreds of people-hours into finding the an- swers. 'Final Offer' A recent question that sent tire bill's advocates scurrying to find an answer came from Judy Daubenmier of Cedar Rapids, who covers the education beat for The Gazette. Her question probably reflects the thinking of many school board members throughout the elate, but to understand it one first must know that the bill contains a "final-offer arbitra- tion" section. Under this section, if employ- er and (anployes can't reach a settlement, each names one ar- bitrator to a three-member panel. These two then select a third, who automatically be- comes chairman. It is the panel's responsibility to decide the better of the final offers for settlement of whatev- er issues are involved. Mrs. Daubenmier wants to know what happens if the panel is faced'with choosing between final offers that go beyond the legal capacity of a govern- Rep. Brice Oakley Ciiiver Urges Protection of Privacy Action CHARLES CITY Iowa Con- gressman John Culver said here Monday that congress must take action, to safeguard individ- uals against invasion of privacy. Culver, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for United States senator, made his remarks at a Rotary club lun- cheon here. "Like other members ol congress, I've become increas- ingly concerned over the alarm- ing increase in wiretaps, Ironic .surveillance, crime-corn puter abuse, and other forms invasion of privacy in Culver said. "Frankly, the potential for po- lice-state types of abuse is al- most unlimited so long as these kinds of activities remain vir- t u a 11 y Culver said. Culver said President Nixon's State of the Union message con- tained a reference to the neec for legislation in this area. "De- tails of the administration's own bill may not be sufficiently Culver said. "But Senator Sam Ervin, jr., who is chairman of the senate constitu- tional rights subcommittee, also has completed a bill of his.own on safeguarding the right of privacy. "So with the administration and congress headed in the same general direction, it looks like we are going to get some constructive action on this im- portant matter this Culver said. "And this should be good news to freedom-loving Americans throughout the country." mental unit to fulfill due to, pending limits imposed by law. question was posed to lov. Robert Ray during a re- cent interview. The governor, who backs col- lective bargaining, said it was an excellent question that he couldn't answer immediately So he picked up his telephone and put in a call for State Rep. Brice Oakley a law- rer who has done much re- search on the bill. Oakley agreed the question was a good one and asked for a ew days to come up with an an- swer. He took the few days and lere is his answer: This question would occur only in the case of school dis- ricts and cities. Counties have no- spending limit and state agencies will go to the legisla- ure for appropriations and if it exceeds that, they negotiate again. "However, for schools and cities a different approach is necessary. Voter Answer For the situation to arise the employer (school board or city council) probably would be 'aced with the option of grant- ng higher economic benefits at he expense of cutting back, or deferring, projects and pro- grams.- Poetry Reading by Spender Is Monday IOWA CITY Noted British poet and critic Stephen Spender will present a program of poet ry readings Monday in the Main Lounge of Iowa Memorial Union at 8 p.m. as part of the 1973-7' University of Iowa Lecture Series. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets will be required. Spender's program is being presented as a replacement foi that of his friend and fcllov poet W. H. Auden, who died on Sept. 28, 1973. Spender is taking a brief leave from his teaching duties at Cambridge university in England to undertake some o the engagements originally booked for Auden, as a persona memorial and tribute to his life long associate. "4 has been my feeling that the voters will answer the ques- tion of whether or not the cut- back was too great at the next election. "The process or negotiation will heighten public awareness of the budget building process and thus make the employer more accountable. "Usually, what happens is the employer comes to the bargain- ing table with a 'chunk of the pie' approach and says, 'I've ;ot about this many dollars be- cause of these programs, so how will we divide "Obviously, the employer will want that figure within legal spending limits. If he doesn't (that is, if the employer is con- trolled by the employe elector- ate) he will have to explain a substantial cutback in services and the word will get out on that pretty quick through ad- ministrative leaks. "From a legal standpoint failure to submit an offer with- in the legal .limits would be publicized at the first offer level when it- Is rejected and public pressure is asserted. "If it persists, the Public Em- p 1 o y m e n t Relations Board (PERB) would (or could) be no- tified by the neutral arbitrator that even the second offer is illegal and that constitutes violation as an unfair labor practice as failure to negotiate in good faith, the PERB being in the position of representing the public interest." Spending Limit Another question might be what happens-if the final offer is more 'than available funds bu: under the legal spending limit. Subsection 6, section 17 of the bill seems to answer that one: The terms of a collective argaining agreement for which le public employer does not ave authority to appropriate unds shall be construed as a lint recommendation requir- ig the public employer to make good faith effort to obtain the unds. 'Failure to obtain the neces- ary funds to implement the revisions of the agreement Kill be ajusted through fur- icr collective bargaining." Impact of Watergate In Iowa Minimal McDonald By Jerry Mursener DES MOINES (UPI) Repub- lican State Chairman John Mc- Donald of Dallas Center last weekend said he believes the problems created for GOP can- didates, around the nation be- cause of Watergate and related ncidents will have a minimal eiec- impact inIowa. McDonald conceded that the ___of possible ramifications of the recent scandals which have surrounded the Nixon administration are of 'great concern" to the state's GOP leaders. However, he be- lieves most Iowa voters will dis- cern between national problems and candidates for office in ;heir home areas. "Fair Minded" "We feel people of this state are certainly fair minded and discriminating in their selec- said McDonald, who added that the large number of Republicans seeking congres- sional seats should be an indica- tion of the optimism the can- didates have about victory this year. For the most part, McDonalc said the Iowa Voters are to make their selection for higl office based on a person's abi lity and record. We don't, fee that Watergate is a thing tha will be of great significance on the votes cast in Iowa." candidates, hi will be "running on a posi live record of achievement." Doubts Impeachment The chairman said lj "wouldn't even speculate" on the possible impact of either th resignation or impeachment o President Nixon on the outcomi of the 1974 elections. He doubt, that either will come about ant said it is a waste of time to even consider the possible rami fications. McDonald was in Washington and visited with several presi dential advisers at the White House last week, but receivee no indication that the Presiden might resign or that there were firm grounds for impeachment. He added, "I don't see it in the cards." For the Finest .In Paints Energy Crisis? Now... cut your heating costs by and add comfort, too! 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