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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa State Gears Up for Collective Bargaining By William L. Ebcrllie DBS M01NES (AP) Collective bargaining by state employes Is more than a your awuy, but the slate Is gcarlnu up to get Its department heads ready for It. The Iowa Executive Council has approved a bid by Drake-university to train state officials in their management responsibilities and proce- dures for negotiating work agreements with their em- ployes. The bid was the lowest among three submitted for the program, which contemplates giving each person about 12 hours of instruction in how to deal with employe representa- tives at the bargaining table. State Treasurer Maurice Baringer, who headed a committee charged with work- ing out the program, said Drake's bid was lower than those submitted by the Uni- versity of Iowa and Iowa State university. Designate Person He said every state depart- ment and agency will be re- quired to designate at least one person to take the course and some hoiwfully will send several. Barlngcr seemed to catch the other executive council members by surprise when he brought up the bids for ap- proval. But the training course was promptly okayed after Gov. Robert Ray said he thought It was a good idea. "I think It Is essential that our people understand collec- tive bargaining so that they will not make Kay said. "Of course, there are going to be some mistakes, but we need to hold them to a minimum." The council also granted the Employment Relations board request to hire five labor relations examiners by next March 1 to help get collective bargaining mach- inery in operation. Administer Board The board popularly known as the "PER Board" came into existence last July 1 to administer the public employe collective bargaining law passed by the last legis- lature. Under that law, no public employe collective bargaining can take place until next July 1, and collective bargaining with state employe organiza- tions can't be started until Ju- ly 1, 1876. s Board Chairman Ed Kolkcr said, however, that the labor relations examiners arc need- ed In advance to help the board with preliminary duties. These will include 'deter- mination of bargaining units, resolving complaints, oversee- ing employe elections to choose bargaining representa- tives, and reviewing employe organizations for compliance with board policy, he said. Management Training Baringer said it also is es- sential to get the managmcnl training courses under way promptly even though bar- gaining with state employes is a vear away. That's because the labor management specialists from Drake want to keep the class size down .to about 40 persons, he explained. It will take sev- eral courses to accommodate all those who need the train- ing in classes of that size. The law creates a frame- work for public employes to organize and bargain for contracts covering wages, hours and other conditions of employment. It makes it un- lawful for governing bodies to refuse to bargain. It outlaws strikes by public employes and provides stiff penalties for violation of the nostrlke provision. Unfair Practices The law also lists a number of actions by both manage- ment and employes that arc defined as unfair labor prae- tlces. There are provisions for the use of medication, fact-finding and other techniques for bringing the parlies to agree- ment, and if all else fails, issues in dispute go to "final offer" arbitration. Under the latler provision, each side makes ils "final offer" to sellle the issues in dispute. A three-member board of arbitrators chooses one of the final offers or a fact finder's recommendation as the contract provision and the decision is final. Take yourfime the timepiece of your choice Free for Saving SaoeWOO" (in a new or old account) (limit one per family) (in a newor old account) (limit one per family) or many others or many others SAFETY OF VOUR SAVINGS INSURED] Savings Loan Association 1135 Seventh Avenue Marion, Iowa 52302 121 East First Street Monticello, Iowa 52310 UP TO The Cedar Rapids Gaelic: San., Dec. Richmans Holiday SUIT SALE! Reduced from 7995 We've reduced the price on all of our 79.95 double knit suits. Strong fashion ideas in solids and plaids. Important fashion touches include contrast stitching, patch pockets, side vents. THIS WEEK ONLY. Of course, no charge for alterations. Rich BROTHERS 700 fussy tailors DM VOUM HICHtUM CHAftOt (LANKAUCFHCAW OH OUHGI LINDALE PLAZA WEEKDAYS 10 9 SAT. ftCHUAN OftQTtcm COWANV Sl'NDAY
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