Virginia Coalition of Police
and Deputy Sheriffs
BILL TO GET HOUSE VOTE AFTER RECESS!
Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Majority Leader of the U.S. House
of Representatives has stated that H.R. 413, the "Public Safety
Employer-Employee Cooperation Act," would be "among the first" bills considered
on the House floor following the Easter recess.
With Members of Congress home in their States and districts, this is a perfect
time to make your voice heard!
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND
ASK HIM OR HER TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 413 AFTER THE RECESS!!!
You can find your Representatives' district office phone number using
http://www.congress.org, or contact their office through the U.S. Capitol
switchboard at 202-225-3121. When you reach their Washington office, ask for the
district office phone number as well!.
The bill would recognize the fundamental right of public safety
employees--primarily law enforcement officers and firefighters--to form and join
unions and bargain collectively with their employers over wages, hours, and
working conditions without undermining existing State labor laws. Basically,
H.R. 413 would require:
• the right of employees to form and join a union;
• a requirement that the public safety employer recognize the union and agree to
bargain over hours, wages, and the terms and conditions of employment; and
• the availability of an impasse resolution mechanism such as fact-finding or
The legislation does not require binding arbitration and would prohibit strikes
and lockouts. You should emphasize that collective bargaining is a critical tool
to resolve differences, not create them.
Law enforcement officers and firefighters do not have a traditional
labor-management relationship. The bottom line is not shareholder profit versus
wages, but how to best keep the public safe and get the officers safely home at
the end of their shifts. The success of the law enforcement mission depends on
an open dialogue that is absent in far too many of our departments today.
DON'T DELAY -- CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TODAY!!!
This is very important legislation. If passed in both the House & Senate and
then signed by the President (which he has promised to do) then we will finally
get the right to Collective Bargaining in Virginia. Once we get Collective
Bargaining rights, YOU will need a strong Union to fight for you. The Richmond
Coalition of Police and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers will be
here, ready, willing and able to fight for Your rights. Stand with us NOW!!
Contact your U.S. Congressmen and women and let them know that you want them to
support H.R. 413 - the "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act".