Teacher union fights bill to end collective bargaining

Teacher union fights bill to end collective bargaining

February 23rd, 2011 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

NASHVILLE - Union supporters of the Tennessee Education Association are holding a news conference this morning to promote the teacher union's fight against legislation stripping away members' ability to engage in collective bargaining.

Mary Mancini with Tennessee Action, an organizer, said the purpose is to "ask our legislature to stop attacking hard-working people" and focus instead on the economy and creating quality jobs.

Senate Republican leaders are pushing a bill that would do away with a 1978 state law that requires school boards to engage in collective bargaining negotiations in districts where a majority of educators have organized.

Representatives of Citizen Action, Tennessee AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, Professional Firefighters, Fraternal Order of Police, United Campus Workers and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers are expected to speak.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.