Senate Considers Unions For First Responders

Law360 (May 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After sailing through the U.S. House of Representatives last year, legislation that would give collective bargaining rights to first responders has fallen into the lap of the U.S. Senate for further consideration.

On Tuesday, the Senate took up the employment bill passed by the House in July, known formally as the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007, with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) championing the cause.

“The Cooperation Act isn't just about protecting union rights,” Kennedy said. “This bill is vitally important to each and every...
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