Iowa House begins debate of labor bill (AUDIO)

Shortly after two o’clock today, the Iowa House began debating a bill that would make changes in Iowa’s labor laws.  Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) is the bill’s “floor manager” which means he is the point person on the bill during the debate.  Listen to his eight-minute OpeningStatement on the legislation.

The two primary functions of the bill would end public workers’ ability to negotiate over health care benefits and the layoff process.  (As you may know, if a union worker in state government gets a layoff notice, they may “bump” a less senior worker and take that worker’s job.)

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.