Collective bargaining for public employees; labor organization representation. (SB1022)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Collective bargaining for public employees. Repeals the existing prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. The bill creates the Public Employee Relations Board, which will determine appropriate bargaining units and provide for certification and decertification elections for exclusive bargaining representatives of state employees and local government employees. The measure requires public employers and employee organizations that are exclusive bargaining representatives to meet at reasonable times to negotiate in good faith with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. The measure repeals a provision enacted in 2013 that declares that, in any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization to represent employees, the right of an individual employee to vote by secret ballot is a fundamental right that shall be guaranteed from infringement. Read the Bill »


02/03/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104615D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2020Introduced bill reprinted 20104615D
02/03/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB1022)
02/03/2020Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB939-Saslaw) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB582.


Lenee Wade writes:

Please pass this legislation. I am a public school teacher in Norfolk, and I have been subjected to increasing demands on my time with no raise in pay. Teachers deserve a functioning union to advocate for us against a bureaucracy that does not have our best interests at heart.

Phillip A. Sullivan writes:

Collective bargaining is not a good fit for public employees in general, we do not have the tax base in SWVA to support the salaries that collective bargaining generates. Quite simply, local governments cannot bargain for the terms and conditions of employment because the cost of such luxuries are outside of the control of the locality. Ultimately, this will result in fewer employees as salaries become higher.