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Iowa School Employees
Union Affiliates

KEOKUK, Iowa

KEOP Members at Affiliation Vote  
Participants are all smiles after the Keokuk Educational Office Personnel (KEOP) union voted to affiliate with UE Local 893-IUP on Sept. 29. Seated are retirees Doris Reckert and Eleanor Carter, who agreed to conduct the election and count the ballots. Reckert serviced as president when the union was organized 22 years ago. Standing, from left, are Local 893 Pres. Dan Kelley, Trish Lippe, KEOP Vice Pres. Betty Whipple, Diane Wade, Rita Zirkel, Pres. Jane Legan, Kathy Vermillion and Judy Londrie.

The 65 school employees in this Mississippi River community in southeastern Iowa became the latest to come under the protection of UE when members of Keokuk Educational Office Personnel (KEOP) voted to affiliate with the union on Sept. 29.

The school district’s secretaries, receptionists, bookkeepers and teachers’ associates have successfully maintained their independent union for more than two decades.

Union leaders have maintained contact with UE for many years, and have been reading in the UE NEWS of UE success in winning contracts for other school district employees elsewhere in the state. Heading into negotiations themselves Keokuk school employees sought UE’s expertise in bargaining.

Intl. Rep. Greg Cross addressed a KEOP membership meeting on Sept. 2, which discussed the possibility of affiliation with UE. With more than half the members present, the meeting voted overwhelmingly to pose the question of affiliation to the entire membership.

On Sept. 29, Cross and Local 893-IUP Pres. Dan Kelley fielded a range of questions before the members decided by a large margin to affiliate with UE. They will become part of amalgamated Local 893.

UE News - 10/98


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