DES MOINES -  Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC) applauds Governor Terry Branstad and Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature for introducing legislation that reforms collective bargaining and public employment in Iowa. This legislation will return local control to elected officials, which will provide them with the tools to make the best decisions for their constituencies.

“This legislation will restore local control to state and local governments in Iowa,” said Greg Spenner, ABC of Iowa President & CEO. “For the construction industry, this means lower property taxes, better teachers in Iowa classrooms and more efficient government. We expect this efficiency will free up taxpayer dollars to support additional capital investment in schools, city halls and other important projects in the future.”

The collective bargaining reform measures introduced Tuesday (HSB 84/SF 213) will put taxpayers back in the driver’s seat by limiting the subjects of negotiation and changing the current contract arbitration system for most public employees in Iowa. In addition, the bill will increase accountability and transparency for public sector unions in Iowa by eliminating automatic deductions of union dues and requiring unions to undergo regular recertification and retention elections.

“As the leading association representing the merit shop construction industry in Iowa, our members also recognize the importance of workplace freedom when it comes to labor representation,” Spenner said