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Support the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act

“Today I joined my union family to help @RepCartwright introduce the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act,” NEA Vice President Princess Moss tweeted on Oct. 26. “There’s no basic federal standard to allow workers to join a union. That needs to change. Take action and join our call.”

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act (H.R. 5727) would ensure that public service workers can join together in a union that they select; bargain over wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment; access dispute resolution mechanisms; and exercise other key rights that come with having a voice on the job. Being able to negotiate with their employers will help public service workers raise their families’ standard of living, advocate for the work they do, and give educators a voice to advocate for what their students need.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the vital contributions of the public service workers who help make our communities safe and livable: educators, nurses, EMS personnel, custodians, firefighters, child-care providers, transit operators, social workers, and much more. Over and over again, we’ve seen them go beyond their job descriptions, putting themselves at risk to take care of the most vulnerable among us. Yet in many places, they do not have a say in their working conditions or the jobs they do. Public service workers deserve better.


Email your representative and urge them to support the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act.

5 responses to “Support the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act

  1. My parents were union members, and were glad of it. Union members stand a much better chance against the corporations that employ them, than do individuals on their own. Unfortunately, there was never a hint of union organizing in the profession I worked in–insurance. Working for insurance companies reminded me being back in the military. Employees were numbers, not people. I worked at one company for nine years. It consolidated four offices around Calif., into one, in Sacramento. For the next seven years, it didn’t hire one new person, and attrition whittled down the work force into a skeleton crew. The work load was out of control. That wouldn’t have happened with a union.

  2. The unfettered right to collective bargaining and to collectively withhold one’s labor are civil and human rights issues.

    Oh America, Our democracy, Where Art Thou?

  3. Let’s not wait until all public service employees decide to quit their jobs to look for something else that will show them a little more appreciation and respect.

  4. Now is the time to work together to obtain proper prices of medicine and other important life support equipment.

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