City of Burlington plans to maintain permissive language

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Despite an Iowa law allowing otherwise, the city of Burlington is keeping most permissive language items in its contracts with city workers.

Union negotiations between the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 828 started on Feb. 9.

“We are working on something that is fair and equitable to both the city and the employees,” said mayor Jon Billups, who said the city council’s role in the negotiations comes later.

These union negotiations mark the first for the city of Burlington since the Iowa Legislature made sweeping changes to Iowa Code Chapter 20 allowing public entities to strip most provisions from union contracts with employees. Billups stressed that union negotiations are just that, negotiations and that it is too early to discuss what the final form of new contracts will look like.

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