Unions lose first round in court fight over new bargaining laws

Two teachers' unions lost the first round in their fight to get a court to throw out Iowa's new collective bargaining laws.

The Iowa State Education Association and the Davenport Education Association have sued the state, saying the changes are unconstitutional.

The unions tried to get a Polk County District Court judge to give them a summary judgement prior to a trial, but the judge dismissed their motion.  

While it's disappointing, the ISEA says it's only a procedural step in the lawsuit and doesn't predict the final outcome.  

The move comes as the ISEA opens its collective bargaining conference Saturday in Des Moines.

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