ExcelinEd in Action Applauds Tennessee Senate for Protecting Teacher Salaries
Bill would allow teachers to keep more of their paycheck
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, the Tennessee Senate passed SB 151, a bill that ends the automatic collection of union dues from teacher paychecks. Sponsored by Senator Todd Gardenhire, SB 151 does not prevent teachers from joining unions or prevent unions from engaging in political activities, but it does take school districts out of a private business transaction between the union and those who wish to join the union.
ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director J. Alex Kelly made the following statement on the bill’s passage:
“The automatic payment of union dues is an outdated practice that puts school districts in the difficult position of collecting dues on behalf of unions that then turn around and use those funds to lobby the school district. Unions are the only political business entity that use the school districts’ funding power to collect their dues. SB 151 places the burden of collecting dues on the union rather than a taxpayer-funded organization, and allows teachers to have control over their paychecks. We applaud the Senate, especially Senator Gardenhire and Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham, for today’s action to restore common sense to this process, and we look forward to the House acting swiftly on this legislation.”