MEA has learned that the House Education Committee will take up the union release time legislation (SBs 795-796 and HBs 6474 and 5368) at their next committee meeting tomorrow morning. They may have the votes to pass that legislation on to the House floor for action. However, our lobbying efforts with State Representatives are working! There are several Republicans who are firmly against the legislation and several more who are truly undecided. Your calls and emails are essential to helping our lobbyists keep these bills from passing – contact your State Representative today and urge him or her to oppose efforts to ban union release times that helps school districts be more efficient.
Another front has opened in the battle around union rights, however – this morning, the Senate blitzed a bill through committee that would require union members to vote every two years to recertify as a union. SB 1260 would mandate that unions pay for these elections in the fall of even numbered years – even though there’s already a process in place for members of a bargaining unit to initiate an election to leave a union if they wish to do so. This legislation serves only one purpose: undermining the ability of the union to defend our freedoms and the contract. It would force unions to spend time and money on constant elections rather than on protecting workers and their rights. Please contact your State Senator and urge them to vote against this legislation.