Republicans Pass Bargaining Bill Despite Protests

Both the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate approved bills that would take away the right of public employees to bargain for several issues including wages and health care.  The bill now head to the governor, who is expected to sign it.  Protestors flooded the Capitol over several days of debate and Democrats worked hard to gut the bill.  Upon approval of the bill, Linda Upmeyer, House Speaker, released a statement and said that the reforms were much needed to update what she called Iowa’s outdated bargaining laws.  These are the first updates to the laws in more than 40 years.