Terry Branstad

Iowa Republicans pass bill opponents say will gut public unions

Iowa Republicans pass bill opponents say will gut public unions

Iowa Republican lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state, a move that echoed Wisconsin's signature 2011 legislation but drew considerably less public opposition at the Capitol.

The GOP-controlled Iowa House voted 53-47 for the bill, and the Republican-led state Senate followed with a 29-21 vote about an hour later. The measure now heads to GOP Gov. Terry Branstad, who backs it.

Labor organizers say the legislation, introduced publicly just over a week ago, effectively guts public sector unions in the state. The bill would make drastic changes to how public employees can negotiate over workings...

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