TSEA representatives met with key House and Senate Chairmen and sponsors of our bills to begin moving our Legislative Agenda through the committee process.
Below is a list of bill numbers and sponsors in both the House and Senate.
(*indicates legislation also applies to Higher Education employees)
Longevity for All
SB0689 Sen. Jackson
HB0900 Rep. Sparks
TSEA believes employees should not be divided into two classifications for pay and benefits. The first step in correcting this is to bring back longevity for all state employees.
NOTE: In 2015 when the Haslam administration proposed eliminating Longevity for all state employees, TSEA worked with members of the Legislature and was able to save Longevity for those who already received the benefit. This year we want to restore that benefit to all state employees.
We are interested in gathering stories of how longevity pay benefits state employees so we can share these stories with legislators at the appropriate time. If you still receive the longevity benefit, and are willing to share your story of how much you depend on your longevity check, we hope you will take a few minutes to tell us your story.
Burden of Proof
SB0621 Sen. Hensley
HB0644 Rep. T. Hill
TSEA believes the State of Tennessee bears the burden of proof when they take disciplinary action against an employee that is appealable. This bill would clarify the relevant language in state statute.
TEAM Act improvements
*TCRS Oversight by Treasurer
Across the Board Raises
NOTE for Higher Education Employees:
TSEA is planning to meet with each state institution about making subsequent probation the law state-wide for all of higher education. We hope to meet with leadership of the University of Memphis later this month.
TSEA has also begun and will continue talks with legislative leaders regarding funding for Higher Education pay adjustments to be included in the budget. At this time it is too early to know what will be included in Governor Lee’s initial budget proposal, due out in March, but we are working with legislators to secure these funds.
Other Bills we support:
*Daycare for employees
Reminder, the House Higher Education subcommittee meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and is live-streamed from the legislature’s website.
The Full House State Committee and Senate State and Local Committee meet Tuesday’s at 10:30 a.m. and can also be live streamed from the legislative website.
For live-streaming committee hearings, calendars, and other legislative information, visit the Legislature’s website here:
TEAM PAC Day On The Hill
Earlier in the week, TEAM PAC members visited with legislators, discussing issues and concerns, and letting everyone know the value of our great State Employees.
We’d like to thank Tennessee Speaker of the House Glen Casada, Senate Caucus Chairman Ken Yager, House State Committee Chairman Kelly Keisling, Senate State & Local Government Committee Chairman Steven Dickerson, and all of the other legislators we met with this week for making time to meet with State Employees.