Employees of local governments; collective bargaining. (SB939)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Labor and employment; collective bargaining; employees of counties, cities, and towns. Permits counties, cities, and towns to adopt local ordinances authorizing them to (i) recognize any labor union or other employee association as a bargaining agent of any public officers or employees, except for Constitutional officers and their employees, and including public school employees and (ii) collectively bargain or enter into any collective bargaining contract with any such union or association or its agents with respect to any matter relating to them or their employment. The bill provides that for any governing body of a county, city, or town that has not adopted an ordinance or resolution providing for collective bargaining, such governing body is required, within 120 days of receiving certification from a majority of public employees in a unit considered by such employees to be appropriate for the purposes of collective bargaining, to take a vote to adopt or not adopt an ordinance or resolution to provide for collective bargaining by such public employees and any other public employees deemed appropriate by the governing body. The bill provides that the prohibition against striking for public employees applies, irrespective of any such local ordinance. This bill is identical to HB 582. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2020Presented and ordered printed 20102021D
01/13/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/03/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Incorporates SB1022 (Boysko)
02/03/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20107464D-S1
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107464D-S1
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB939S1
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/25/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20109104D-H1
02/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB939H1)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109104D-H1
02/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB939H1
02/28/2020Passed House with substitute (54-Y 46-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House insisted on substitute
03/03/2020House requested conference committee
03/04/2020Senate acceded to request (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Saslaw, Barker, Norment
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Guzman, Krizek, Knight
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference substitute printed 20109909D-S2
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 44-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB939ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB939ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (47-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (47-Y 44-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB939ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1276 (effective 5/1/21)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1276)
05/01/2020VOTE: (47-Y 44-N)


lyn writes:

what is the relationship between this and HB582?

can anyone here explain?

will the two be combined in conference?