Fire and police services benefit from productive partnerships between employers and workers. Studies have shown that communities that encourage such cooperation benefit from a more efficient and efficient provision of emergency services. Cooperation allows employers and workers to face difficult budgetary constraints, which have proved invaluable as the country has recovered from the last economic crisis. The best way to ensure such cooperation is to establish a tariff framework. The Public Safety Cooperation Act would give public safety officials fundamental collective rights in states they do not currently grant. The legislation gives states wide flexibility in the prescribing and management of their own laws, which meet the following minimum standards: legislation does not permit strikes or lockouts, does not violate right-to-work laws, and does not encroach on existing government laws and collective agreements. While many public safety officials already benefit from local legislation on collective agreements, there are still many workers who do not have rights or whose laws do not provide adequate protection. Over the years, Congress has expanded the scope of collective laws to protect private sector employees, transportation workers, federal government employees and congressional employees. One of the few groups of workers who are not covered by federal law is state and municipal staff, including public safety officials.
While Congress has given states and municipalities a great deal of leeway in managing their own employees in the past, the guarantee of fundamental public safety tariffs is consistent with the growing role of the public safety community in protecting our country`s internal security. Summary: The Cooperation Act would guarantee public security officials basic tariffs in states that do not currently grant them. The Cooperation Act is a matter of fairness for public safety IAFF strongly supports the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act and encourages members of Congress to support the law. The Cooperation Act enjoys broad support from all parties in protecting the rights of states The Senate: The Public Safety Employer-Employ Cooperation Act of 2019 Sponsor: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) House: HR 1154, The Public Safety Employer-Employeee Cooperation Act of 2019 Sponsors: Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI); Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) The Cooperation Act strengthens public safety and wages.