Senate Committee takes up HB 4059

This Wednesday, the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee will take up HB 4059 which would prohibit a school district from entering into a contract that pays union officials for time conducting union business. The bill was introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy). Supporters of the bill say that money should be going into the classroom and not into the pockets of union officials and union dues should fund union activities

MEA opposes the bill. You can't put a price on the work union leaders are doing in their school districts that maintains labor peace, heads off potential problems and ultimately saves the district the cost of grievances, arbitrations and ULPs. The arrangement is one that is negotiated between school employees and the school district and abolishing the practice is another example of undermining local control. Currently, only 12 large school districts across the state pay the salaries of full-time release presidents.