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Iowans urge lawmakers to oppose bargaining bill

DES MOINES (AP) -- Union members and supporters have urged lawmakers not to approve a bill that would limit public workers' collective bargaining rights.

A hearing Monday gave people the chance to voice their thoughts on the bill. The measure would limit bargaining on several issues, including the terms and source of insurance, restrictions on outsourcing and factors that can be considered before employee layoffs.

The bill also calls for arbitrators to consider a comparison of the wages, benefits, hours and conditions of state workers with comparable private sector workers. Republicans say the bill is necessary to balance the budget as the state faces a $700 million shortfall.

Danny Homan, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61, said he doesn't expect the public comments to change lawmakers' minds.


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