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Agreement reached to save 43 state jobs

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - The State of Iowa and the State Police Officers Council (SPOC) have reached an Understanding to protect 43 SPOC state jobs that are targeted for layoffs pursuant to Governor Chet Culver’s 10 percent across the board budget cuts. The 43 positions include 20 state troopers , 20 gaming enforcement officers, one fire inspector and two special agents in the Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

This Understanding between the State of Iowa, Executive Branch and SPOC leadership will now be presented to the entire SPOC membership for a vote . The terms of the agreement will not be implemented unless and until approved by a majority vote of the membership.

This Understanding involves the following:

Each of the approximately 640 state employees who are covered by the SPOC Master Agreement will be required to take five mandatory unpaid days during the remaining 7 months of FY2010 which ends June 30, 2010. 529 Department of Public Safety and 111 Department of Natural Resources employees are members of the Council. This provision will create approximately $847,435 in savings.

The deferred compensation program for State Employees will undergo temporary changes to suspend the State’s contribution through June 30, 2010. The employees’ contribution to the deferred compensation program will remain as currently allowed under the SPOC Master Agreement. This provision will create approximately $226,232 in savings.

The combined savings of approximately $1,073,667 will be used to save 43 SPOC jobs that would otherwise have been laid off in order to satisfy the 10 percent across the board budget reductions mandated under Executive Order 19.

In the event the terms of the Understanding are approved by its membership, no SPOC state employee will be laid off between the date of approval and the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2010).

Through June 30, 2011, the end of the bargaining agreement, employees who are outside the bargaining units and who are being laid off will not be permitted to displace employees who are in the bargaining units covered by the SPOC Master Agreement.

Through June 30, 2011, any vacancies of bargaining until members that occur will not be filled by part-time, seasonal or contract employees.

Through June 30, 2011, any vacancies of bargaining unit members will be filled by seniority.

Next week , the SPOC Board will submit the understanding to the union members for a full vote. An announcement on the outcome of the vote is expected close to the AFSCME vote on November 25th, 2009.

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