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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Plenty of time for big labor, no time for a special session

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

The Des Moines Register is already commending Governor Chet Culver for
putting a hold on the staff reductions for the Departments of
Corrections and Public Safety. Governor Culver has asked AFSCME
Council 61, the union that represents the largest share of state
workers, to reopen their contracts and agree to pay reductions in
order to prevent the loss of jobs in these two departments. Culver
made his demands known to AFSCME on Tuesday afternoon and has set a
November 6th deadline for the union to respond. While it is good for
Governor Culver look for ways to lessen the effect of his 10 percent
across-the-board cuts, given the length of time it will take to
renegotiate union contracts, it seems odd that the Governor said there
wasn't time to call the legislators back for a special session.

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