UNION OFFER: Branstand Makes Stand

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The governor has made his counter offer to Iowa’s largest union of public employees.

The current contract between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the state of Iowa expires at the end of June.

Today the Branstad administration asked AFSCME to accept a pay freeze for all of its employees for the next two years.

The governor’s office is also asking workers to pay 20 percent of their health insurance premiums.

Earlier this month AFSCME asked the state for guaranteed raises for union workers in each of the next two years, plus continued free health insurance.

The two plans are just the start of a long negotiating process.