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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa LINDALE PLAZA WEEKDAYS IM    SAT. Ill j III    si    Mm    12    I#    » State Gears Up for Collective Bargaining By William L. Eberline DES MOINES (AP) -Collective bargaining by state employes is more than a year away, but the state is gearing up to get its department heads ready for it The Iowa Executive Council has approved a $12 WHI bid by Drake-university to tram state officials in their management responsibilities and procedures for negotiating work agreements with their employes 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 representatives at the bargaining table State Treasurer Maurice Bannger. who headed a committee charged with working out the program, said Drake’s bid was lower than those submitted by the University of Iowa and Iowa State university Designate Person He said every state department and agency will be required to designate at least one person to take the course and some hoj>ofully will send several Baringer seemed to catch the other executive council members by surprise when he brought up the bids for approval 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 collective bargaining so that they will not make mistakes, ” Ray said “Of course, there are going to be nome mistakes, but we n«*ed to hold them to a minimum.” The council also granted the Public Employment Relations board request to hire five labor relations examiners by next March I to help get collective bargaining machinery in operation. Administer Board The board •— popularly known as the “PER Board" — came into existence last July I to administer the public employe collective bargaining law passed by the last legislature Under that law. no public employe collective bargaining can take place until next July I, and collective bargaining with state employe organizations can’t Im* started until July I, l«7fi Board Chairman Ed Kolker said, however, that the laiwir relations examiners are needed in advance to help the boird with preliminary duties These will include deter mination of bargaining units, resolving complaints, oversee mg employe elections lo choose bargaining representatives, and reviewing employe organizations for compliance with board policy, he said Management Training Baringer said it also is essential to get the managment training courses under way promptly even though bargaining 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 several courses to accommodate all those who need the training 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 unlawful for governing bodies to refuse to bargain It outlaws strikes by public employes and provides stiff penalties for violation of the nostrike provision I nfalr Practices The law also lists a number of actions by both management and employes that are defined as unfair labor practices There are provisions for the use of medication, fact-finding and other techniques for bringing the parties to agreement, and if all else fails, issues in dispute go to "final offer” arbitration Under the latter provision, each side makes its "final offer" to settle 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 div ision is final Take your Time the timepiece of your choice Free for Saving Satie OO OO00 4 Saw *500000 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: San., Dec ft, 1971 RichmansHoliday (in a new or old account) (limit one per family) (in a new or old account) (limit one per family) or many others Savings & Loan Association 135 Seventh Avenue Marion, Iowa 52302 H East First Street Monticello, Iowa 52310 88 Reduced from 7995 Richmond BROTHERS J 700 jssy tailors im -OUM WM HWA* (MANO! BA MUMM Mi »««■ OB MA&rtN < HAM rf fussy - - M ti IIM I a - MA AAA 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 tor alterations. ;

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