Iowa lawmakers pass bill to reduce collective bargaining rights

Members of the House and Senate voted along party lines

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa House and Senate late Thursday afternoon approved a bill that cuts bargaining rights for the state's public employees. That sweeping measure has many workers upset.

The votes were split right down party lines, with Republicans backing the bill and Democrats voting against it. 
 
Senate Independent David Johnson of Ocheyedan also voted no, calling the bill quote "shameful".
 
The collective bargaining bill was introduced to the public about a week ago.
 
The highly controversial measure now goes to Governor Terry Branstad. He's expected to sign it, calling the vote "monumental".
 
Once signed, the bill will take effect immediately. Public employees in siouxland and beyond are angry.
 
Bruce Lear, head of the Sioux City Education Association says, "Well, this is not how we do business in Iowa. We are transparent here in Iowa, we get together, we talk about issues and then we come to conclusions. This was done in secret, behind closed doors and it's shameful." 
 

 


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