Collective bargaining for public employees; definitions, labor organization representation. (HB582)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), and Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


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 measure 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 »


02/07/2020: In Committee


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104418D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB582)
01/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106939D-H1
01/28/2020Incorporates HB327 (Levine)
01/28/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 8-N)
01/29/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendments (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB582)
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute on Labor and Commerce agreed to 20106939D-H1
02/03/2020Committee on Appropriations amendments agreed to
02/03/2020Passed by for the day
02/04/2020Passed by for the day
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB582H1)
02/05/2020Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB582)
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Motion to pass by Delegate O'Quinn's amendments temporarily agreed to
02/05/2020Amendments #3 and #4 by Delegate Simon withdrawn
02/05/2020Amendments #1, #2, #5 and #6 by Delegate Simon agreed to
02/05/2020Amendments by Delegate Simon agreed to
02/05/2020Amendments by Delegate O'Quinn withdrawn
02/05/2020Pending question ordered
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB582EH1
02/05/2020Printed as engrossed 20106939D-EH1
02/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB582EH1)
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 11 clips in all, totaling 8 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1022.


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.

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