Judge Rules for U. of Northern Iowa Faculty Union in Dispute Over Buyouts

An Iowa judge has ruled that controversial buyouts offered to University of Northern Iowa faculty members last year should have been negotiated first with the university’s faculty union, the Des Moines Register reported.

The faculty union had filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board over the university’s offers of voluntary buyouts. Those offers were part of a cost-cutting effort that drew criticism last January from the American Association of University Professors.

The Iowa Public Employment Relations Board had previously found that the buyout offers violated a collective-bargaining agreement, and the judge’s ruling upheld that decision.

The Iowa Board of Regents, which had appealed the prior ruling, declined to comment to the newspaper.

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