February 27, 2017

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Iowa lawmakers pass bill to curb public sector unions (Reuters, 2/27/17)

Republican lawmakers in Iowa approved legislation on Thursday to limit the powers of public sector unions to negotiate for state and local employees, restrictions similar to those previously enacted in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Both the House of Representatives and the state Senate voted in favor of the measure, which was opposed by Democrats and unions who have said that it will gut collective bargaining rights.

Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad supports the legislation, which paves the way for Iowa to join Wisconsin and Michigan in imposing restrictions on public sector unions. Branstad said it was needed to save money for the state.

"These reforms are intended to rebalance the collective bargaining system which has not been updated in more than 40 years," Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said in a statement Thursday.



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