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Collective bargaining bill passes Iowa Legislature, heads to Governor's Desk

Republicans in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate have approved a bill that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state. To read the full language of the bill, click here.

Lawmakers voted 53-47 Thursday, with all Democrats opposed, to pass the measure. The Senate voted 29-21 in favor of the bill.


It would prohibit public sector unions from negotiating over several issues, including health insurance and extra pay. The bill proposes that mandatory discussions be limited to base wages. Some public safety employees are exempt from some provisions of the bill.

Democrats introduced dozens of amendments to try to stop the bill or reduce its impact. Many of those amendments were not discussed after Republicans used a rare procedural move to end debate at noon.


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