FEDERALIZED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BILL IS IN COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE; SENATE BILL REINTRODUCED
H.R. 413, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, is pending in a subcommittee in the United States House of Representatives. On March 10, Ellis Hankins, executive director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities, testified before the subcommittee in opposition to the bill. The bill would mandate collective bargaining for public safety officers, regardless of state and local laws. The bill has not yet been sent to the House floor.
On April 12, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reintroduced the nearly identical Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009 (S.3194) under a rule that allows the bill to bypass the committee process and go straight to the Senate floor for a vote. Once both chambers have adopted the same version of bill it will be sent to the President for his signature.