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April 2014 Policy Study, Number 14-2


Iowa's Privileged Class: State Government Employees





[1] “Frequently Asked Questions – Collective Bargaining in Iowa,” Iowa Department of Administrative Services, February 2007, p. 1, <> accessed on October 27, 2009.
[2] David Hogberg, “Reforming Iowa’s Collective Bargaining Laws,” Public Interest Institute INSTITUTE BRIEF, Volume 10, Number 13, May 2003.
[3] Code of Iowa, Chapter 20, Public Employment Relations (Collective Bargaining), Section 20.22, Binding Arbitration, <> accessed on August 8, 2012.
[4] Hogberg.
[5] “Frequently Asked Questions – Collective Bargaining in Iowa,” p. 7.
[6] Ibid, pp. 7-8.
[7] Jason Clayworth, “Merit, step raises to add $121 million to state wages,” The Des Moines Register, July 1, 2009, <> accessed on July 12, 2009.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid.
[10] Deborah D. Thornton, “Iowa’s Privileged Class: Time for a Change!,” Public Interest Institute POLICY STUDY, January 2012, pp. 10-11.
[11] John Stephenson, “Iowa’s departing governor approves a six percent wage increase for state workers,” State Budget Solutions, November 23, 2010, <> accessed on December 7, 2011.
[12] “Fiscal Survey of the States, Fall 2011,” National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers, Table 18, State Employee Compensation Changes FY 2011, pp. 24-27, <> accessed on December 5, 2011.
[13] “Department of Management: New AFSCME Contract Saves Iowa $94 million,” Office of the Governor of Iowa, March 7, 2013, <> accessed on March 26, 2014.
[14] “Branstad releases statement in response to today’s decision on the AFSCME contract,” Office of the Governor of Iowa, March 7, 2013, <> accessed on March 26, 2014.
[15] Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington, “Do Public Sector Employees in Iowa Earn More Than Private Sector Employees?,” Iowa State University, Department of Economics, March 2005, <> accessed on November 11, 2009.




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