Summary: To secure the rights of public employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively, which safeguard the public interest and promote the free and unobstructed flow of commerce, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 8/27/19.
STATUS: Introduced 6/25/19 by Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “This legislation will help teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public employees who are vital to our American way of life. As many of them struggle just to put food on the table, we must protect their ability to bargain collectively for fair pay and workplace protections. I’m proud to stand with unions and their members, who have historically ensured basic rights such as a minimum wage standard, eight-hour workdays, and employer-sponsored health insurance.” (Source: Rep. Cartwright, Press Release, 06/26/19)
- As the executive officers of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing upwards of 90,000 workers, including public sector workers in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, we are writing regarding The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2019. We applaud you for authoring this much-needed legislation, which comes one year after the 5-4 Supreme Court Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 ruling preventing public sector unions from collecting representational fees from all represented members in a collective bargaining unit. IFPTE is pleased to endorse this legislation. (Source, IFPTE)
- Unions enable working people to come together and ensure that workers are paid fairly and treated with dignity on the job. As a result, unions improve wages and benefits for all workers, not just union members. In order to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few, it is important that workers have the freedom to join a union. The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act would provide that right to public-sector employees nationally. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)