The bus drivers and classified staff of the North Scott Schools are an inspiration to public employees across Iowa. Both of these Local 199 chapters went into bargaining in 2017, soon after the Iowa legislature passed the law gutting the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
In many school districts across the state, administrators used the law to strip away everything in union contracts except for wages. Although the North Scott bus drivers and classified staff had to accept tough wage packages in their 2017-2018 agreements, they came away with their full contracts intact.
Then, when they went back to bargaining in 2019, they mounted an intense campaign to win back fair wages to retain and recruit the high-quality staff that has served the district’s students so well. They fought for solid, across-the-board raises that would lift up every member — from the bus drivers to the teacher’s aides, paraeducators, custodians, grounds crew, food service workers and secretaries that make up the classified unit.
During their 2019 contract campaign, the North Scott members started a Facebook page that reached thousands of people in the community, inspired supporters to write letters to the local paper, and held a sticker day that showed their unity in the schools. Both the bus drivers and the classified staff won contracts that included strong raises as well as the full and fair contract language that every Iowa public employee deserves.
NORTH SCOTT SCHOOLS CONTRACTS
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