July 17, 2007(Key vote)
Title: Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires states to allow collective bargaining for public safety officers.
Defines public safety officer as "an employee of a public safety agency who is a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel," including individuals who are "temporarily transferred to a supervisory or management position" (sec. 3).
Requires states to allow public safety officers the right to join a labor organization for the purpose of collective bargaining over hours, wages, and working conditions (sec. 4).
Prohibits lockouts by public safety employers and strikes by public safety officers (sec. 6).
NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.