DES MOINES- Governor Terry Branstad signed a new collective bargaining bill into law Friday, capping a week of heated debate at the statehouse. The bill affects more than 160,00 Iowans who are public employees, and was introduced as legislation last Tuesday.
“I’m very pleased to sign this bill into law,” said Branstad said. “These necessary reforms to our antiquated 43-year-old public employee collective bargaining law bring fairness for Iowa taxpayers and flexibility to public employees. This bill also gives local governments, schools and state government greater freedom in managing their resources with the opportunity to reward good public employees.
The bill passed the Iowa House 53-47 and the Iowa Senate on 29-21 Thursday.