Tennessee Republicans Move To Eliminate Labor Rights For Teachers

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Add Tennessee to the list of states primed for a fight over public sector worker rights.

The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to abolish collective bargaining between teachers unions and school boards across the state.

The vote was 6-3, with all Republicans on the panel voting for the bill and all Democrats against.

Sponsor Sen. Jack Johnson said passage of the bill — SB113 — will remove ‘an albatross from around the neck of our school boards across the state’ and remove a roadblock to education reform.

A similar panel in Ohio is considering legislation to end collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. And the trend is set to spread quickly from Wisconsin to many other states.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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