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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING 
The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act

Update:  A Special Message from the General President on the Public Safety Employer Employee Cooperation Act

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...   

For more information about collective bargaining rights and current congressional action, click here:  Fact Sheet

Learn more about the importance of collective bargaining rights for public safety officers:  Key Points

See if your Representative supports the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act:

     Cosponsors House

     Cosponsors Senate

View a list of Cooperation Act cosponsors in the previous Congress:

     House Cosponsors - 110th Congress

     Senate Cosponsors - 110th Congress

 


House Action:  H.R. 413

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.  Read more... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

On December 8, 2010, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 3991 by a vote of 55-43Read more...
 


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