Teacher Bargaining Bill Delayed

Tennessee Education Association lobbyist Jerry Winters says a proposal to repeal state teachers’ collective bargaining rights has hurt their morale.

The measure was to be taken up by the full Senate on Thursday, but Republican sponsor Jack Johnson of Franklin delayed action until Monday.

The legislation requires local school boards to develop a type of policy manual relative to employment and working conditions.

The Senate proposal differs from the House version that would shield certain areas from union bargaining, but not do away with negotiations altogether. It’s awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee.

Winters says teachers’ morale is extremely low because of the proposal, and that people considering the teaching profession are changing their minds.