Sending Office: Committee on Education and Labor
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Eli.Hovland@mail.house.gov

Stand with Public Sector Employees

Become an Original Cosponsor of the

Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2019

Dear Colleague:

We write to invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2019.  This legislation ensures that employees of state, territorial, and local governments have the right to join a union and collectively
bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Unions protect public employees and create middle class jobs.  Research shows union members employed by state and local governments earn between 11 and 14 percent more than their non-union counterparts.  These benefits improve the lives of millions of public
service workers.  A majority of these workers are women, one-third are people of color, and one in ten are immigrants.

Last year, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME overturned 40 years of precedent, stripping unions of their ability to collect fees for representation they are legally required to provide workers.  Unfortunately, states have continued
this assault on public employees by outright prohibiting or undermining collective bargaining rights that are critical to improving wages and working conditions.

The hostility toward public employee rights is driving down wages, creating a race to the bottom, and negatively impacting the national economy.

Now is the time to stand with our country’s 17.3 million public employees including
teachers, police officers, and firefighters by setting a minimum, nationwide standard for public sector bargaining rights.  Where states fail to provide basic collective bargaining rights for public sector employees, this bill empowers the Federal Labor Relations
Authority to protect the rights of state, territorial, and local government employees:

  • To form, join, or assist unions, to bargain collectively, and to join together to engage in other activities to improve their working conditions;
  • To have their union recognized by their public employer through democratic procedures;
  • To have a procedure for resolving impasses in collective bargaining; and
  • To authorize the deduction of fees to support the union to the extent permitted by law.

Please join us in cosponsoring the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2019.  The deadline to be an original cosponsor is close of business Monday, June 24.  For more information, or to cosponsor the bill, please contact
Katelyn Walker with the House Committee on Education and Labor at  katelyn.walker@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

MATT CARTWRIGHT                                          FREDERICA S. WILSON

Member of Congress                                            Chairwoman

Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pension

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