San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren issued the following statement today as the United States Capitol Police notified the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Committee it will reinstate the collective bargaining agreement:
“I am glad the U.S. Capitol Police is reinstating its Collective Bargaining Agreement with its officers’ union, the Fraternal Order of Police. I believe it was a mistake for the Department to unilaterally suspend the CBA and the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights found that the Department’s action constituted an unfair labor practice. I recently asked Acting Chief Pittman about this issue, and she told me that the Department would be reviewing the issue soon. I believe the Department has made the correct choice in reinstating the CBA.
“Now, it’s important that the Department and the union resume good faith bargaining to renegotiate the terms of the CBA, which is long overdue. In fact, it has been nearly 11 years since the CBA was last ratified. My colleagues and I on the Committee on House Administration made this point on a bipartisan basis directly to Department and union leadership at an oversight hearing in the last Congress.
“The Department’s decision to suspend the CBA more than a year ago led to suspension of negotiations. Now that the Department has correctly reinstated the CBA, I again urge the Department and the union to return to the table and resume negotiations as soon as possible. The men and women who protect the Capitol and all who work here need and deserve a fair and updated labor agreement.”
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