Harry’s holiday gift to unions: S. 3991

*S. 3991: Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2010
“A bill to provide collective bargaining rights for public safety officers employed by States or their political subdivisions.”

6 December 2010

Yesterday we received an email from Mark Mix of the group National Right to Work Committee. Here is some of what it says:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just announced that tomorrow he will file a cloture petition, setting up a Wednesday vote to cut off debate on the Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill (S. 3991), according to yesterday’s Roll Call.

Concerned citizens like you have repeatedly stalled various versions of this union boss power grab in the Reid-Pelosi Congress, but this is the most important battle yet.

With newly elected pro-Right to Work Congressmen and Senators set to take office in January, the “lame duck” session is Harry Reid’s last chance to pay back his union boss benefactors by handing them virtually every police officer’s and firefighter’s paycheck on a silver platter. [Emphasis CAJ]

Last week Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) inadvertently exposed the additional dangers of the “lame duck” session, a time when she and other U.S. Senators are hoping you aren’t paying attention.

But when Kay Hagan moved to put S. 3991 on the Senate calendar despite pledging she would oppose the bill, outraged North Carolinians blasted her Capitol Hill office with phone calls and emails.

A member of Hagan’s staff later revealed that she now plans to vote for cloture but against final passage of the bill – a cynical trick to snooker North Carolina residents.

After yet more intense pressure from outraged constituents, another staffer began denying that revelation.

The lesson is crystal clear.

Your phone calls, faxes and emails make a difference. And you and I must be especially vigilant now, with the vote just days away.

You can learn more about the National Right to Work Committee here . You can use this link to visit the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to learn what your rights are if you’re an employee working under compulsory unionism. You can go to GovTrack.US to track the progress of the bill.

* This bill appears to have had several incarnations already. Follow this link to see previous House and Senate numbers attached to it:

New version of the old: Police & Fire Monopoly-Bargaining Act (H.R. 413 & S. 3194 or S. 1611). The so-called “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009,” introduced in the House on January 9, 2009 by Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) and in the Senate on August 6, 2009 by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), would make Big Labor bosses monopoly bargaining agents for local and state police, firefighters, county paramedics, and other public-safety officers in all 50 states.

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