Collective bargaining agreements bill fails

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A House bill that would have given firefighters and police the right to have collective bargaining agreements has failed by a vote of 23-64.

Under the bill, law enforcement and paid, full-time firefighters would be able to create and join unions.

Firefighters say they want to have a binding voice in city policy and collective bargaining would increase safety and response times.

"We know what we need, we're looking at a tool that will help bind us to changes that positively affect everyone in the state," said Brian Reinke, vice president of Bismarck Firefighters 2468.