Dan Holub grew up on the family farm in Eastern Iowa.
Dan Holub received his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with distinction in 1991. He has a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, where he graduated with distinction and honors.
Supporting the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Strikers
In the June 14, 1997 edition of People's Weekly World Dan Holub, Iowa was listed among those who sent their support to the 4500 members of the United Steelworkers of America who have been on strike against the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation since October 1, 1996:
1999 May Day greetings
“One of the things that I find really intriguing and exciting about MAPE is it’s a member-driven union,” Holub said. “The work that our members do also is very important to the people of this state. I am excited about working in that environment.”
He came to MAPE directly from the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) – the state teachers’ union. He is also a past president of the Iowa Federation of Teachers, AFT, and past president and treasurer of AFT Local 716.
MAPE is currently in a transition phase with its executive director position for the next several months. Executive Director Jim Monroe is retiring this spring.
“Jim has graciously agreed to help with that transition and is staying on for a period of time,” Holub said. “I look forward to working with him and he’s been fantastic. I can’t imagine anyone making me feel more welcome than Jim.” He also thankedd the MAPE Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Statewide President Chet Jorgenson for their warm welcome.
He began his duties at MAPE Jan. 28 and has joined the Negotiations Team’s sessions as team members begin negotiations for MAPE’s 2013-15 contract. “The preparations are going well,” he said. “We won’t start meeting with the governor’s team for several weeks.”
Holub was WEAC’s director of quality education advocacy, and bargaining and organizing. He managed nine areas of two departments: bargaining and local action strategies, internal membership and community organizing, public policy advocacy, issue and electoral campaigns, member professional development, member leader and staff development, legal advocacy and economic research. Additionally, he served as WEAC’s lobbyist and was interim executive director for five months in 2010.
Last November, in part due to the hard work of unions, labor-friendly legislators booted out anti-labor legislators and retook the legislative majorities in Minnesota. How does that make Holub feel? “Nervous,” he said. He pointed out that Wisconsin had labor-friendly legislative majorities and a labor-friendly governor until anti-labor lawmakers took control in 2010 as a precursor to the destruction of collective bargaining rights in the state.
“Coming here from Wisconsin, I know first-hand the value of collective bargaining,” he said. “The members I worked with in Wisconsin have lost that right. It has been devastating to the working conditions and economic security for educators in the state of Wisconsin.
“One thing I bring with me is an understanding of how fragile our rights are and how important it is for us to be diligent in protecting those rights.”
Holub has a wide array of collective bargaining experience, from very small units to large ones. He arrived at WEAC five years ago as its director of collective bargaining and research. Most notably, he provided advice and support as more than 700 local agreements were negotiated in more than two years he served in that role, with units ranging in size from more than 8,000 to very small ones.
Holub served as the general counsel, business manager and financial secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 204 in eastern Iowa. His duties included bargaining contracts both public and private, and coordinating the arbitration and grievance processes.