Iowa prison supervisors laid off under Gov. Chet Culver's administration have been paid nearly $500,000 in back pay and counting after a panel ruled their firings were improper.
The largest payout has been to James Twedt, a parole judge awarded $205,000 in pay and benefits and reinstated to his job Dec. 5 after being laid off in March 2010.
Data obtained by The Associated Press under the public records law shows Twedt and 10 other employees have received payments that
cost $415,000. Another employee has been promised $53,000, but
hasn't been paid yet, and six others continue to seek compensation.
The Public Employment Relations Board ruled in August the supervisors should have been given "bumping rights" if they had more seniority than union workers. Twedt says his rights were violated.