HB 130 coming to a vote 5/19/11 to rein in collective bargaining

Rep. Debra Maggart

After House Speaker Beth Harwell helped get it out of committee, HB 130 was scheduled to be taken up by the full Tennessee House of Representatives earlier this week but was pushed back to substitute and conform to the Senate bill to the next available slot on the calendar of Thursday (5/19/11) by sponsor Rep. Debra Maggart.  The Tennessee Senate version (SB 113) was passed (18-14) and readied for House transmission on 5/2/11. 

SB113/HB130 addresses the issue of collective bargaining, an issue on the forefront in education reform. SB113 detailed a ban on collective bargaining outright. HB130, as amended, does allow for collective bargaining on limited issues.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT SUBJECT TO NEGOTIATIONS

This amendment specifies that a local board of education would be required to negotiate with the recognized professional employees’ organization only those conditions of employment for which the responsibility or performance requires the professional employee to be licensed by the department of education.

This amendment specifies that the following conditions of employment would not be subject to negotiations between the board of education and the teacher’s union:

(1) Differentiated pay plans and other incentive compensation programs, including stipends, and associated benefits that are based on professional employee performance which is above expectations or that aid in hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers for hard to staff schools and subject areas;
(2) Expenditure of grants or awards from federal, state or local governments and foundations or other private organizations;
(3) Evaluation of professional employees pursuant to federal or state law or state board of education policy;
(4) Salaries, benefits, staffing decisions and state or local board of education policies relating to innovative educational programs, innovative high school programs, virtual education programs and other such programs; and
(5) All personnel decisions concerning assignment of professional employees, including filling of vacancies, assignments to specific schools, positions, professional duties, transfers within the system, layoffs and reductions in force, and recall. No agreement would include provisions that require personnel decisions to be determined on the basis of seniority or length of service.

Passage of this education reform legislation will do away with the Education Professional Negotiations Act passed in 1978. See how representatives voted in committee on HB130 to curtail collective bargaining.

When you hear a pro-union teacher telling you about collective bargaining being necessary to protect their fundamental rights, ask them about the use of collective bargaining for things like this.  Collective bargaining, it’s not just about the money, ya know. Well, not all of it is anyways.

It’s time to flip the curve in education and implement some real education reform, something that is really about the children, not the adults.  It’s time for a change. It’s time for things like protecting ineffective teachers to go by the wayside and keep teachers for quality, not seniority. By doing that we can have the best and brightest moving our children forward.

Look where we are now, ranked at the bottom half of the nation in educational standing.  It’s time for change. The status quo just is not acceptable. Contact your state representative’s office and tell him/her to support HB130, when it comes to a vote this week in the TN House of Representatives.

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