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In a victory for NAPO, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ), will be holding a hearing on the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009 (the Public Safety Collective Bargaining bill), H.R. 413, on March 10, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.   NAPO was instrumental in securing the hearing and has been working with the Subcommittee staff in preparation for it.  NAPO will be submitting testimony to ensure lawmakers fully recognize the importance of giving public safety officers the right to discuss workplace issues with their employers.


In June 2007, NAPO was the sole rank-and-file organization to testify on behalf of law enforcement at the Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 980, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007.  Within a month, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill for the first time in the 12 years NAPO had been fighting for its passage.  NAPO is working to ensure that the hearing on March 10 gives this important legislation that same momentum so that we can pass this bill and ensure that all public safety officers have the basic American right to collectively bargain.


Please visit NAPO’s website,, for updates on this important bill and the work NAPO is doing in its fight to pass the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.