published Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Senate strips teachers of collective bargaining rights

NASHVILLE — Senate Republicans approved legislation tonight stripping teacher unions of their collective bargaining rights.

The bill passed in the GOP-controlled chamber on a largely partisan 18-14 vote after lengthy, often contentious debate.

House Finance Committee members are scheduled to consider the same legislation on Tuesday.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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Salsa said...

Now if we could just strip the politicians of their pork and perks.

May 2, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.
ceeweed said...

You said it, Salsa! Dirtbags the lot of them.

May 2, 2011 at 11:58 p.m.
Facts said...

Yet another case of erroneous information. Collective bargaining, as has been discussed for months now, is not a right. Obviously, it's more important to create a cool headline than to be accurate.

May 3, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.
rolando said...

Go House!

Too long have the Teachers' Unions been holding our children hostage to their rotten, failing policies.

It is well past time to clean the place up and run them all out of Dodge.

May 3, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.
rolando said...

When our Legislature performs as it has just done [in part as Step One], there is nothing dirtbag-ish about them.

Go Legislature!

May 3, 2011 at 7:07 a.m.
Leaf said...

Well, I guess this will fix education. . . . Right?

May 3, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.
ceeweed said...

rolondo says,"run them (the teachers) all out of Dodge". I can just see it now, droves of our most brightest clamoring for the opportunity to become a Tennessee educator. Sure will be a powerful recruitment tool to attract young people to a career in teaching. Rah, Rah, Rah! Go Legislature!

May 3, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
clandahlina said...

Clearly some people are misinformed. Getting rid of collective bargaining will not "clean the place up." It will only ensure that we end up with lousy teachers in the future. What bright, educated college student would honestly choose to become a teacher in Tennessee now that they know they are almost assured a paultry pay and poor benefits? If you want the bottom of the barrel teaching your children, then you have just ensured that is what you will get.

May 3, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
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