RELEASE: AFSCME Appeals Initial Ruling in Collective Bargaining Lawsuit

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2017
Mazie Stilwell, Communications Specialist
(515) 246-2637


DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding today’s filing of an appeal to Chief Judge Gamble’s ruling on October 30th:

“Today we filed an appeal to Iowa’s Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge Gamble’s ruling denying summary judgment in our collective bargaining lawsuit. From day one, we have recognized the likelihood that this case would end up in the Iowa Supreme Court, and today’s appeal takes us one step closer to that outcome.

“We have no timeline for knowing whether or not the Supreme Court of Iowa will hear our case, but we will never stop fighting for the rights of Iowa public employees. Republicans at the Capitol thought they could silence us by gutting the collective bargaining law, but they underestimated the power of working Iowans determined to reclaim their rights.”

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees in Iowa including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Council 61 also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).