Who are Confidential Merit Employees?
Confidential Merit employees, along with Supervisory Merit employees, are non-contract, non-bargaining unit merit staff. Confidential and Supervisory employees are exempted from collective bargaining under the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) of 1974 and Chapter 20 of the Code of Iowa. Consequently, Confidential and Supervisory employees are not covered by the contract negotiated between the State of Iowa and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 61 AFL-CIO (AFSCME).
The Regents Merit System Rules govern the working environment of both Confidential and Supervisory employees. Further guidelines for University policies regarding Merit Confidential and Supervisory employees may be found in the University of Northern Iowa’s Policies and Procedures.
Definition of "Confidential" Merit Employee
A position is identified as a confidential position due to the nature of job responsibilities which give the employee potential access to information subject to use by the employer in negotiating and/or access to information that raises a conflict of interest with other bargaining unit employees. Therefore, the position is exempt from coverage by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement. A confidential employee cannot be a member of the union and cannot pay dues to the union. A confidential employee is paid on the same pay grade as AFSCME bargaining unit employees in the same classification. A confidential position is covered by the provisions of the State Board of Regents Merit System Rules. Both organized and non-organized Board of Regents merit employees may apply and compete for this position as promotion, demotion, or transfer applicants. Merit System Rules on pay on promotion, demotion, and transfer apply. Confidential employees are represented by the Supervisory & Confidential Council.
Since Confidential employees maintain the same classification titles as clerical employees who are covered by collective bargaining, their pay, pay increases, and benefits are determined in the bargaining process for clerical positions (500 series).