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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

House Passes Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act

On July 17, 2007, the House passed H.R. 980, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan 314-97 vote. A You Tube video of several Members of Congress speaking in support of this Bill can be found here. Additional information can also be found from the House-Labor Committee web site which is available here.

I previously wrote about this Bill on June 30, 2007 after it was approved by a House Congressional Committee. That posting is available here. Basically, this Bill would extend collective bargaining rights to all public health and safety employees. As I previously wrote, some 20 states do not fully recognize the right of collective bargaining and two states prohibit safety employees from engaging in collective bargaining. I also previously indicated that I did not believe that President Bush would sign this Bill even if it also passes in the Senate.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Assuming the vote remains in tact in the House (not necessarily a given, considering some craven Congressmen who voted for the bill right now knowing it won't necessarily pass), they have enough votes for an override. But, it's moot, because there is no way the Senate also has 67 votes to override Bush's veto.

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Jul 19, 2007 10:42:42 AM

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