Fire fighters and police officers risk their lives every day to protect the public; they deserve the same right to discuss workplace issues with their employer that the federal government grants to most other workers.
The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, legislation granting fire fighters and police officers minimum collective bargaining rights by establishing minimum standards for state collective bargaining laws, was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Dale Kildee (D-MI) and John Duncan (R-TN) as H.R. 413, and in the Senate by Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as S. 1611.
More recently, Senator Reid reintroduced the Cooperation Act as S. 3991 and brought the bill before the U.S. Senate for a vote. Unfortunately, the motion to proceed to the bill was defeated. Read more...
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On January 9, 2009, H.R. 413 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.
On March 10, 2010, the House Education Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 413. Read more....
On July 1, 2010, the
U.S. House of Representatives passed the Public Safety Employer-Employee
Cooperation Act as part of an amendment to a supplemental appropriations bill,
H.R. 4899, by
a vote of 239-182-1.
Senate Action: S. 1611
On August 6, 2009, S. 1611 was introduced in the U.S. Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
On July 22, 2010, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on H.R. 4899, as amended, by a vote of 46-51.
On November 30, 2010, S. 3991 was introduced in the U.S. Senate.