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Tennessee House Committee Abandons Critical Protections for Teacher Salary Increase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Workers for Opportunity released the following statement from Senior Labor Policy Advisor Vincent Vernuccio today after the Tennessee House Finance, Ways and Means Committee failed to add critical paycheck protection measures back into House Bill 329 before passage:

Taxpayers should not be the bills collector for union dues. Unions should collect their own dues and teachers should have the transparency of knowing how much they are paying. Union dues should not simply be another obscure deduction on their paycheck.

Worse, teachers’ largest salary increase in Tennessee history could be skimmed by the union. The Tennessee Education Association’s bylaws allow the unions to implement artificial rate hikes for union dues when teachers get raises beyond standard cost of living increases. The unions then use that money to support causes that do not represent Tennessee values.

The House Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s failure to safeguard Governor Bill Lee’s vision to get Tennessee teachers and taxpayers out of the business of financing union dues collection is disappointing.

House Bill 329’s Senate companion, Senate Bill 281, maintains paycheck protection measures and is on track to safeguard Tennessee teacher paychecks and taxpayer dollars from union dues.


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