skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, April 12, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.

Planned Parenthood workers file complaint amid stalled negotiations

play audio
Play

Thursday, December 14, 2023   

Planned Parenthood Workers in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota have filed an Unfair Labor Practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board as the two sides work to reach a new contract.

It has been more than a year, and bargaining teams for Planned Parenthood and its health care clinic workers, represented by the Service Employees International Union, have met nearly three dozen times.

Ashley Schmidt, training and development specialist for Planned Parenthood of Nebraska and Western Iowa, said she is one of the few remaining members of the original bargaining team. She stressed the two sides are still far apart on some basic issues.

"We are really trying to get better wages and better health care," Schmidt explained. "Those are our two really big asks."

Schmidt acknowledged slight progress has been made. A past contract offer from Planned Parenthood presented all 14 members of the union bargaining team with what's known as a "final written notice," making them at-will employees and effectively allowing the company to let them go for any reason, with no notice. Planned Parenthood countered it has continued to bargain in good faith.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1970s court ruling legalizing abortion, a patchwork of local and state laws has meant a rush for clinic services, including in Iowa. Schmidt stressed many of the employees who had remained at already understaffed and overwhelmed clinics were demoralized, and left for better-paying jobs.

"We can't retain employees," Schmidt noted. "We have had an over 44% turnover rate since last July. You know, we tout ourselves on being 'reproductive experts,' but it's so hard to create experts when people don't stay long enough to even gain any knowledge."

The group is now awaiting word on its complaint with the labor relations board, in which it claims a Planned Parenthood employee was fired without just cause. Employees have also held recent informational pickets in Iowa and Minnesota.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Kentucky certified lactation consultant and birth doula Bonnie Logsdon has been vocal in her support for House Bill 10. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

In the final days of the legislative session, Kentucky Senate lawmakers could consider the "Momnibus" bill, which would increase access to critical …


play sound

Until recently, many Americans of Middle Eastern or North African descent were categorized as "white" in government surveys, making it challenging to …

play sound

Conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion are on the rise as lawmakers propose bills to restrict or ban DEI in state-funded institutions…


Enbridge owns and operates Line 5, a controversial oil pipeline that crosses tribal lands and runs under a portion of the Great Lakes. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Next week, Native American leaders from the Midwest will go before a United Nations panel with their concerns over a controversial oil pipeline they …

Social Issues

play sound

O.J. Simpson's death has the nation looking back on the infamous murder trial that resulted in his acquittal. Experts say one of the lasting impacts …

IRS Direct File is a new tax tool to file federal income tax returns for free, directly with the IRS. It comes with access to live customer service representatives who can answer tax questions. (stevepb/Pixabay)

Social Issues

play sound

Florida residents can now file their simple income-tax forms for free and save time through the Internal Revenue Service's Direct File pilot program…

Environment

play sound

People working for environmental justice are rallying today at the downtown Pittsburgh headquarters of U.S. Steel, voicing their concerns to company …

Social Issues

play sound

A new study highlights the importance of Pennsylvania's Early Intervention program and its services for infants and toddlers at risk of developmental …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021