Victory for Tennessee - Legislature Ends Union Monopolized Collective Bargaining
A huge thank you to the thousands of you that took action to reform Tennessees schools.
This journey to get union bosses out of the classroom and give more local control to teachers, families and taxpayers has been difficult. There were cliffhanger votes in committee, giant rallies (on both sides) in Nashville, hyperbolic rhetoric coming from unions and the Left maligning our good intent and months and months of work.
It paid off.
Teachers unions no longer control a monopoly over Tennessees schools.
Legislation passed by both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature over the weekend is expected to be signed by Gov. Haslam.
The legislation will give more control to local school boards, families and taxpayers. It will allow schools and teachers to be more adaptable to the needs of their individual students, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all contract negotiated by union bosses at the TEA. And importantly, this legislation will be good for teachers.
Without being forced to pay their hard-earned money in union dues money that by the millions goes to partisan political contributions teachers will have more take home pay.
Most importantly, the unions have been the roadblock to reform. Taxpayers need willing participants who will find ways to reward teachers based on merit and performance, not just longevity.
We need schools that work. The unions have been in charge for long enough, and have failed to produce results. Its time for more local control, with taxpayers, school districts, and teachers having a greater role in educating our students.
Thank you for making this dream a reality!