ISEA Membership Workshops Aug 14

This is a friendly reminder about the upcoming Membership Workshops. We would really like to have at least 1 person from all our locals attend since we will be going over school board elections, membership and recertification.

We have currently heard from the following locals:
Atlantic EA – Red Oak
Atlantic ESP – Red Oak
Clarinda – Clarinda
Council Bluffs – Treynor
Creston – Red Oak
Essex – Red Oak
Glenwood – Treynor and Red Oak
Green Hills AEA – Treynor
Griswold – Treynor
Harlan – Treynor
Lenox – Clarinda
Lewis Central – Treynor
Missouri Valley – Missouri Valley
Mount Ayr – Clarinda
Riverside – Treynor
Sidney – Clarinda
Underwood – Missouri Valley
West Harrison – Missouri Valley
West Monona – Missouri Valley
Woodbine – Missouri Valley

Attached to this email is a flyer for the 2017-2018 SWUU Membership Workshops scheduled for Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. We will hold two mornings, one afternoon and one evening session. We will keep things short and sweet so you can get on with your summer activities.

On Monday, August 14, we will be in Clarinda at the High School Library from 8:30 to 10:00 am, in Treynor at the High School Commons Area from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, and in Missouri Valley at the High School Media Center from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

On Tuesday, August 15, we will be in Red Oak at the SWUU Office from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

All sessions will follow the same format, choose the site and time that works best for your membership team. Light refreshments will be provided at all four sessions.

PLEASE RSVP to or call 800-378-6260 by Thursday, August 10th. Let us know which meeting your local team plans to attend so we can bring your 2017-2018 membership materials to the appropriate site.

If neither you or any member of your membership team cannot attend one of these sessions, please contact the unit office and make arrangements for someone to pick up the membership materials for your local.

If you are not the person who should be receiving this email, please forward it on to the appropriate person(s).

Be sure and let us know if you have questions.

Pat, Sara and Marilyn

Sara Dressel
Red Oak Regional Office
106 W Washington Ave
Red Oak, IA 51566
Fax: 712-623-5137





  • Membership- Allison
  • Negotiations– Patti, Andy, Beth,
  • Sec/Reporter– Ted
  • Treas- Jennifer
  • Pres- Andy
  • Veep- Allison

Discussion of Negotiations; Bargaining in poor faith, threatening & coercion, trying to blame/taint neg.

  • Peggy documented email exchanges
  • Meeting w/ (Sarah) ISEA attorney today
  • Mediation (Ron) begins 7:30am Thurs June 1
  • 509A Sec.4 says insurance is not mandatory
  • Once insurance was offered, legally insurance can no longer be negotiated

Other Discussions; Term limits? Actively recruit candidates? Single district v. Split. Mark, Liz & Bud all up for election this year. Gag order law?

MINUTES; Wed March 1, 2017

PRESENT; Co-Presidents & six members


  • ISEA recommends not beginning negotiations until March 13, they will send a representative to help
  • Only thing new laws truly allow us to negotiate are base salary
  • If Board & Administration are amenable, there is a list of items legally negotiable (see previous post with memos from ISEA) such as sick days and leave days, etc.
  • Possibility that Some things in the previous contract, including insurance may be copied into Faculty handbook as Board Policy.
  • Preferably we could begin negotiations for things other than insurance in December. Previous years the Board has wanted to wait until insurance quote is available before beginning.
  • NEW RE; Re-certification- all certified faculty members will be able to vote for who they want (not NEA members) to represent them on negotiation team. So-called “union-busting clause.”
  • Moving & adjusting 3 Make-Up days (Snow & Comp) from optional PD to mandatory PD.
  • Concern about morale if early out revoked on P/T Conf days or duty-free lunches are revoked. Should language be added to contract about this?

Memos on what can & can’t be negotiated under Iowa’ s new laws

SWUU Presidents, VP’s and Chief Negotiators,

If you completed bargaining prior to signing of HF 291, only part of this email is for you!  If you didn’t complete bargaining prior to the Governor signing HF 291, this entire email is for you!

We are getting questions from locals that did not complete bargaining prior to the signing of HF 291.  Apparently some superintendents are attempting to move the new bargaining process a bit more quickly than is appropriate.  We cannot simply “start off where we left off.  The following email was received from PERB this afternoon; I deleted the section that was specific to Cities and Counties.  Please see the clarification below.

Bargaining must restart with Initial proposals by both parties.  There are specific items of bargaining which are excluded.  However, there are others that are permissive items and we can and will submit in your new initial proposals.  Please see the attached document related to Mandatory, Excluded and Permissive 2017.  Additional guidance will be given next week.

It is for that purpose that we have scheduled additional bargaining meetings for Monday, March 6 (Corning HS); Tuesday, March 7 (Harlan HS); Wednesday, March 8 (Treynor HS).  All meetings are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. with registration at 5:30 p.m.  We will spend the first 30 minutes talking about recertification of bargaining units, so all locals are encouraged to attend.  If you completed bargaining you can leave by around 6:30 p.m.  We will then spend the remainder of our time together talking about structuring your initial proposals and strategies for going forward.

Please indicate to the district that you won’t be prepared to go back to the table until at least the week of March 13th. You should not feel pressured to restart until you are ready with new initial proposals.  The Association is the moving party and you need to have a chance to have guidance from us rather than from the district.  If your superintendent is pressuring you to restart, please contact us and we will discuss how to handle that.

PLEASE HAVE BARGAINING TEAM MEMBERS AT ONE OF THE SCHEDULED MEETINGS.  If you aren’t able to do so, please schedule a time for Sara or Pat to visit your local.  Please let us know if you have questions.

The SWUU Crew

Pat, Sara, and Marilyn


ISEA/Red Oak Regional Office

106 W Washington Avenue

Red Oak, Iowa  51566


fax  1-712-623-5137


From: Lawrence, Nancy [PERB] []
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:53 PM
To: Lawrence, Nancy [PERB]
Subject: Message from the Public Employment Relations Board

RE-SENT EMAIL SENT 2/24/17 FROM PERB:  As a reminder, please frequently visit the PERB website at for updates and notices:


As you know the legislature (through H.F. 291) has made sweeping changes to Chapter 20, the Public Employment Relations Act.  Please read the following applicable notices:

K-12s, AEAs and Community Colleges

If you (1) had not ratified a proposed agreement, (2) had not received an arbitrator’s award, or (3) did not already have an agreement in effect by H.F. 291’s enactment date, you must start over under the new statute.  Your completion deadline is now June 30, but you must start the process over beginning with the union’s presentation of its initial bargaining position in an open meeting, followed by the employer’s presentation of its initial bargaining position in another open meeting subject to the provision of chapter 21.  See PERB’s transition guidance on how to begin the process by clicking here:


In addition, PERB’s website also contains the official CPI-U Midwest calculation chart ( ) which interest arbitrators will be using to determine the maximum percentage the arbitrator can award on the impasse item of base wages. Please monitor PERB’s website for additional information.

Cleaned up Ch. 20:

For further information contact PERB at

PERB * Public Employment Relations Board * 510 East 12th Street Suite 1B Des Moines Iowa 50319 * * *515.281.4414

Contact Your Representatives

Want to make sure that your voice is heard, but don’t know how to reach our representatives? Here’s their contact info.


Sen. Charles Grassley (R)

135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224 – 3744   Fax: (202) 224-6020

307 Federal Building, 8 South 6th Street  Council Bluffs, IA 51501

(712) 322-7103   Fax: (712) 322-7196

Sen. Joni Ernst  (R)

825 B/C Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3254 Fax: (202) 224-9369

19 Federal Building

320 6th Street Sioux City, IA 51101

Phone: (712) 252-1550 Fax: (712) 252-1638

Congress (District 4)

Rep. Steve King (R)

2210 Rayburn Office Building   Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202.225.4426

Fax: 202.225.3193

526 Nebraska Street   Sioux City, IA 51101


Gov. Terry Branstad (R)

1007 East Grand Ave.  Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Phone: 515.281.5211

State Senator

Jason Schultz (R) Senate District 9,

1007 East Grand Avenue  Des Moines, Iowa 50319


611 Cedar St, PO Box 75, Schleswig, IA 51461


State Representatives

Rep. Steve Holt  (R) House District 18

1007 East Grand Avenue  Des Moines, Iowa 50319


1430 3rd Ave S. Denison, IA 51442-2066

County Board of Supervisors

Walter Utman John Straight Russell G. Kurth

111 N 2nd Ave.  Logan, IA 51546

Phone: (712) 644-3123    Fax: (712) 644-2643

Dunlap Mayor- Jason Knickman

Council members

Mark Klein, Mark Bissen, Tyler Lampe, Mike Gunia, Pete Seuntjens

716 Iowa Ave   Dunlap, IA 51529


Boyer Valley SCHOOL BOARD 

  • District 1-resident of Crawford and Shelby Counties
  • District 2-resident of Harrison and Monona Counties

Steve Puck-District 2-expires 2019

Bud Dunham-District 1-expires 2017

Kelly Garrett-District 1-expires 2019

Pat Putnam-District 1-expires 2019

Paul Klein-District 2-expires 2019

Mark McAllister-District 2-expires 2017 

Elizabeth Heistand-At Large-expires 2017

Kurt Brosmle- Hired 2016

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Sharon Lee