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Case No. 21-1995

Champion v. Public Employment Relations Board

Richard Champion and Robert Winterton, Petitioners-Appellants,


Public Employment Relations Board, Respondent-Appellee

State of Iowa, Board of Regents, Intervenor.

Attorney for Appellants

Richard D. Champion

Robert W. Winterton

Attorney for Appellee

Diana S. Machir

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 08, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County, Margaret L. Lingreen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (16 pages)

            Petitioners appeal the district court’s ruling on judicial review upholding the Public Employment Relations Board’s (PERB) decision on their petition for bargaining unit clarification.  Petitioners claim that the plain language of the unit encompasses law research assistants who serve law professors, entitling them to inclusion in the bargaining unit.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the Petitioners have failed to show PERB’s decision is inconsistent with the agency’s prior practice or precedents and is not unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion, we affirm the district court’s ruling upholding PERB’s decision. 

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