Collective bargaining, contribution bills now law
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 8:56 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee proposals that curb teachers’ collective bargaining rights and allow direct corporate contributions to state candidates have been signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Teachers’ bargaining rights have now been replaced with a concept called collaborative conferencing. Payroll deductions will still be allowed to pay for union dues, but that money cannot be used for political purposes such as candidate contributions.
Critics say that provision underscores arguments by the Tennessee Education Association that the collective bargaining legislation is political retribution for the union’s longtime support for Democratic candidates.
In the case of corporate contributions, the law retroactively ties contribution limits to the consumer price index beginning in 1996, meaning lawmakers and challengers could begin collecting more money for next year’s campaigns.
Published in The Messenger 6.2.11