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Iowa House passes collective bargaining bill

Friday, March 11, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a bill that overhauls the state’s collective bargaining law and reduces workers’ negotiating rights.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is not expected to pass. Republicans who support the bill control the House, while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

The measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward the cost of their health care and would not allow them to negotiate layoff procedures.

Backers say the measure is needed to cut costs, while critics say it’s part of a national assault on public employee unions.

The House voted along party lines to approve the bill 56 to 39. Democrats in the Senate say they have no intention of allowing debate on it.