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As the Chief of _____________ department, I am writing you to express my strong opposition of to the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 (H.R. 980).


Safe streets and safe neighborhoods require well-trained and well-managed police departments that are responsive and accountable to the communities they serve.  I believe that the provisions of H.R. 980 would effectively federalize state and local government labor-management relations and as a result, would make these goals harder to achieve.


H.R. 980 seeks to deprive state and local governments of the necessary flexibility to manage their public safety operations in a manner that they choose.  By mandating a “one-size fits all” approach to labor-management relations, H.R. 980 ignores the fact that every jurisdiction has unique needs and therefore requires the freedom to manage its public safety workforce in the manner that they have determined to be the most effective.


H.R. 980 would only harm the efficiency of state and local public safety agencies by forcing them to divert their precious resources from their primary mission of protecting the public and instead use them for collective bargaining administration.


Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions. Thank you for your attention on this important matter.


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