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Washington Report – Oct. 2, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: October 3, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case Janus v. AFSCME, which will potentially have a big impact on public sector unions and employee associations (including NAPO members) in states which allow a “closed shop” collective bargaining unit. In Janus, an employee challenged the right of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to collect “fair share” payments from non-union members who still work within the bargaining unit. Such fees serve to help defray the costs which the union incurs in negotiating and administrating a contract that covers all unit workers, including those who have chosen not to join the union itself. Mr. Janus is asking the Supreme Court to overturn its previous opinion in the 1977 Abood case, and declare all “fair share” fee arrangements unconstitutional under the First Amendment; The House Judiciary Committee is holding up two NAPO endorsed bills – the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to (PROTECT) Our Children Act of 2017 (S. 782 / H.R. 1846) and the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act – both of which were passed by the Senate earlier this year. This legislation reauthorizes the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, which is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies; The updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet (http://www.napo.org/washington-report/sponsor-cosponsor-spreadsheet/) is a useful tool to check if your members of Congress have supported pieces of legislation that will impact our members. NAPO will update this spreadsheet regularly, and continue to ensure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill. The spreadsheet accompanies the latest “Legislative Positions” document, which is available by clicking on the link below; Thank you to all our member groups and individual members and supporters who have already donated to NAPO’s Relief Fund for officers in Texas and South Florida, who have property losses due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please click on the donation form that you can fill in and submit below and share with co-workers. For these and other legislative initiatives, click on the Oct. 2, 2017 Washington Report and supporting links below.



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