Tennessee Citizen Action Releases Statement on House Passage of Bill to Abolish Collective Bargaining

Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2011) — Today, the Tennessee State House spent almost a full day arguing about a bill that will do absolutely nothing to bring quality jobs, fix our state’s economy, or generate revenue for much-needed public services and infrastructure in the state. HB130, which would abolish the long-standing right of teachers to speak up for decent working conditions in their classroom and better pay, passed the House 59-39.

“It’s ironic and very sad that on the day the Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development announced that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April rose to 9.6 percent, the conservative majority of the State House have shown that their priorities are completely out of line with those of the people of Tennessee,” said Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action. “We need a legislature that cares about what we care about – quality jobs, a robust economy, and more revenue for much-needed public services and infrastructure, not one that attacks the hardworking people of our state.”

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