Local 893 Committed
To Further Growth
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa
Although UE Local 893-Iowa United Professionals has grown by more
than 600 members in the last year, local leaders have no intention of letting the forward
The local unions annual convention on Oct. 11 unanimously adopted a
resolution committing Local 893 to adopt an aggressive policy of internal organizing. The
resolution also calls on the National union to give organizational assistance, with the
goal of organizing two private sector social service agencies in the next year.
RESOLVE AND ACTION
Not content to simply pass a resolution, the newly-elected local executive
committee met on Nov. 8 to begin discussing implementation of the resolution.
A statewide, amalgamated local union, Local 893-IUP represents 2,850
public sector workers, including social workers and scientists employed by the State of
Iowa, City of Tipton employees, Cedar County employees, and the support staff of four
Convention attendance was up sharply from the previous two conventions.
Participants were enthusiastic but business-like as they considered resolutions and
NO EASY FUTURE
"Delegates realized that they are under attack from the Iowa Plan,
privatization, the speed up occurring in all of our jobs, and a far tougher approach on
workers by the Department of Personnel," said newly-elected Local Pres. Dan Kelley.
"The actions taken by the convention were to meet those attacks and help protect our
In his acceptance speech, Kelley pledged to work to increase the
locals political clout, expand the unions size and fight vigorously against
attempts to turn public services over to privateers. In particular, Kelley cited the Iowa
Plan, which would hand $35 million in child-welfare monies to private for-profit
corporations, as an example of "privatization on steroids" that must be
"We spent too many years making these jobs family-friendly and we
cant and we wont go back," Kelley vowed.
The convention unanimously adopted a constitutional amendment to create an
automatic escalator in the dues of state employees who belong to Local 893. The immediate
impact of the dues increase will be 2.333 cents per day. A portion of the additional
income will be earmarked for political action. Delegates also approved a resolution
stating "it shall be the policy of this organization to require non-members to pay
their fair share of the cost representing them to the maximum extent of the law."
'PREPARE FOR ATTACKS'
Chris Townsend, UE political action director, urged Local 893 members to
contact legislators about the Iowa Plan and encourage them to ask questions about the
process and investigate the contractors. Townsend also recommended that Local 893 prepare
now for likely attacks on Chapter 20, the state law granting collective bargaining rights
to public employees. Earlier this year, Local 893 joined with other UE locals in Iowa and
other unions to beat back attempts to gut Chapter 20. Send leaflets, letters and
petitions, make phone calls, tell lawmakers to keep their hands off the collective
bargaining law, its not broken, Townsend declared.
Elected to local office were Dan Kelley, president; Bill Austin, vice
president; Pat Hasenclever, secretary, Gary Walker, treasurer; and Neal Boeding, trustee.
Pat Hasenclever and Sue Woods will co-chair the locals political
action committee. The Local 893 political action day, an annual event, will take place
Feb. 2, 1998.