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Iowa Court Rules On Teacher Severance Pay
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - A new court ruling says school districts in Iowa cannot cut employees' severance pay across the board; instead, they have to bargain with unions to make any changes.
The court made the decision Wednesday during a case against the Fort Dodge school district which proposed a plan in 2012 to eliminate severance pay to save the district money.
For example, in their contracts, teachers that had been working for ten years were allowed severance pay based on how many unused sick days they had.
Unions argued that the severance-pay provisions in their contracts had to be agreed upon if there were any changes and the Public Employment Relations Board Agreed.