A new two-year contract deal will mean no across the board pay increases for state employees, but no requirement to pay for their health insurance either.
The price-tag for the two-year deal is $107 million. That’s $94 million less the last contract signed during the Chet Culver administration.
AFSCME union leaders are calling the health insurance aspect of the deal a victory.
“That’s important to these folks standing behind me and out there because again for about the sixth time in the history of our bargaining we have given up wages to maintain the health insurance that they currently enjoy,” says AFSCME Iowa Council 61 president Danny Homan.
The governor wanted the state workers to pay part of their health insurance premiums. Iowa is one of only six states where state employees don’t pay anything toward their health insurance.
“This is simply unfair to the vast majority of Iowans who pay some, if not all, of their own health insurance cost and whose tax dollars continue to fund this expensive benefit for most state employees,” says Gov. Terry Branstad.