1st Responders Press For Collective Bargaining Rights

Law360, New York (March 10, 2010, 2:03 PM EST) -- Police officers and firefighters urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing Wednesday to pass legislation requiring all public safety employees in the country to have collective bargaining rights, while municipal officials and others expressed concerns about the cost and constitutionality of the bill.

The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, introduced by Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., would allow all American police and fire employees to collectively bargain on wages, benefits and working conditions.

According to Kildee, only 25 states “fully protect” collective bargaining...
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