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FSC's work in labor economics involves protecting the right of a worker to earn a livable wage in a safe environment free from threats to safety or health. FSC has performed work on private sector and public sector labor issues.

FSC provides expert technical testimony on behalf of public sector labor unions in wage negotiations and arbitration proceedings. FSC's testimony considers the fiscal impact of salary and benefit requests; the financial health of the government entity involved with the negotiation or arbitration; and the potential sources of revenue to support wage and benefit requests. Past work includes:

Testimony and analysis in support of wage and benefit requests for various police and firefighter unions in communities throughout Iowa.

Testimony in support of the wage and benefit requests for the United Professionals of Iowa, the state public employee labor union.

In addition to wage and salary negotiations, FSC provides technical analysis of proposals to privatize public sector services. This economic analysis examines the costs and benefits of privatization proposals.

FSC's work on private sector labor issues involves wages, as well as occupational safety and labor regulation, including:

Support for prevailing wage laws in both Iowa and Oregon.

Research on the right of volunteers to a safe work place under state laws.
Research on the operational feasibility of a proposed OSHA standard to control the occupational control of tuberculosis in homeless shelters.
Research on local government regulation of home-based business.


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The Economic Impacts of a Prevailing Wage Law for Iowa State Construction Projects
Little Davis-Bacon: an Economic Critique of Attacks on State Prevailing Wage Legislation
Controlling the Occupational Transmission of Tuberculosis in Homeless Shelters: Applying Occupational Safety Standards to "Volunteers"
Home-based Enterprise in Oregon: Improving Local Regulation of an Important Economic Asset
An Analysis of Davenport City Finances for Iowa State Policemen's Association Collection Bargaining Unit Local No. 2
An Analysis of the Finances of the State of Iowa prepared for Iowa United Professionals
Frances Lauer Youth Services: Cerro Gordo County (Iowa): An Analysis of the County Decision to Privatize the Agency

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