Merit Classification and AFSCME Contract

Merit (Organized) 

Classifications that fall within the organized merit pay matrix are covered by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Iowa and AFSCME. These employees are covered by the rules indicated within the contract, as well as any Merit rules in the Iowa code that relate to items not covered in the collective bargaining agreement. On those issues not addressed in the collective bargaining agreement, the State Board of Regents Merit System Rules (PDF) apply.  

Supervisory Merit (Non-Organized)

Supervisory merit classifications fall within the non-organized pay matrix and are not covered by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement. An employee in a non-organized classification cannot be a member of the union and cannot pay dues to the union. 

Confidential Merit (Non-Organized)

 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, Confidential Merit positions are 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 employees is paid on the same pay grade and receives the same health insurance benefits as AFSCME bargaining unit employees in the same classification. Confidential positions are covered by the provisions of the State Board of Regents Merit System Rules (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

Neither non-organized supervisory Merit positions nor Confidential Merit positions are covered under the provisions of the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Chapter 20 of the Code of Iowa excludes Supervisory and Confidential employees from coverage under the collective bargaining process.

Employees in non-organized supervisory classifications have pay that is determined by legislation and enacted by the State of Iowa General Assembly. These salaries are listed on the Non-organized supervisory pay matrix. Generally, non-organized supervisory employees will receive the same pay increases to their pay matrix that the organized Merit and Confidential employee receive.

Since confidential employees maintain the same classification titles as Merit employees who are covered by collective bargaining, their pay plan and pay increases will follow the Merit increases determined by the collective bargaining process and are the same as organized employees in the respective classifications.

Regent Merit System Classification Plan

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RMS Classification Plan


Workday and UHR Portal

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Regent Merit System Pay Plan

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RMS Pay Plan (PDF)
Advanced Start Rates (PDF)
Public Safety Pay Plan (PDF)