The SEIU chapter at the Clinton Schools began in the 1970s during a statewide wave of public employee organizing. Today, the district’s bus drivers and custodians are one of Local 199’s strongest chapters.
Like other public employees in Iowa, the SEIU members at the Clinton Schools were targeted by a 2017 state law that set up rigged “re-certification” elections. Before public employees in Iowa can negotiate a new contract, the 2017 law forces them to first vote to “re-certify” their union. Unlike any fair election, where a majority of voters would carry the day, a majority of all workers must vote yes in a re-certification election. That means people who don’t vote effectively count as no votes.
The Clinton members overcame these rigged rules by voting unanimously in 2018 to keep their union, with the custodians voting 31-0, and the bus drivers voting 16-0.
CLINTON SCHOOLS CONTRACTS
SEIU UNION REP – Jim Jacobson, 319-341-0112, firstname.lastname@example.org