The IAFF strongly supports the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act and encourages Members of Congress to cosponsor the bill.
Fire and police departments benefit immeasurably from productive partnerships between employers and employees. Studies have shown that communities promoting such cooperation enjoy more effective and efficient delivery of emergency services. Especially critical during our nation’s current economic challenges, cooperation enables employers and employees to work together to confront difficult budgetary constraints. The best way to ensure such cooperation is through an established collective bargaining framework. Most public safety officers already enjoy collective bargaining rights through state or local law, but many still have no rights to discuss workplace issues with their employer.
Over the years, Congress has expanded the scope of collective bargaining laws to protect private sector employees, non-profit association employees, transportation workers, federal government employees and, most recently, congressional employees. One of the few groups of workers not covered by federal law is state and local government employees, including public safety officers.
While Congress has historically given states and localities wide latitude in
managing their own employees, ensuring that public safety officers have basic
collective bargaining rights is consistent with the increasing role of the
public safety community in protecting our nation’s homeland security.
U.S. House: H.R. 413, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act
U.S. Senate: S.
1611, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act
S. 3991, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act
H.R. 413 and the Senate bills S. 1611
and S. 3991 would grant public safety
• to bargain over wages, hours
and working conditions;
The legislation expressly prohibits strikes and lockouts; does not
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 August 6, 2009, S. 1611 was introduced in the U.S. Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
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...
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.