URGENT Legislative Call to Action!

TSEA March 15, 2013 0
URGENT Legislative Call to Action!

Yesterday, the House State Government Subcommittee allowed a hostile bill detrimental to TSEA’s operations pass on to the full State Government Committee with little questioning.

The majority of provisions in the bill describe circumstances that do not apply to Tennessee.

The bill is SB0725 (Campfield) / HB0913 (Casada) and is a direct attack on TSEA. This bill falsely categorizes us as a union and describes a significant segment of what we do as “collective bargaining activity”. Of course TSEA is not now, nor has ever been involved in Collective Bargaining activity, as it is against the law here in the state of Tennessee. This bill seeks to give our members, on a yearly basis, the option of instructing us to spend their dues solely on illegal activities (“collective bargaining activities”). If any of our members were to actually direct us, at any point, to spend their money only on “collective bargaining activity”, we would of course be forced to ignore such a request as we are not in the business of breaking the law.

TSEA allows our members, by way of their initial membership application, to indicate if they wish none of their dues to be directed to, or used by, our political Action Committee (PAC). This bill seeks to put this procedure, that we currently follow, in to state law. While we have no major objection to this particular provision of the bill, we simply do not see it as necessary.

Additionally, the bill seeks to reduce the number of state employees who are eligible to attend our annual Representative Assembly, and to reduce the amount of time our President can spend on TSEA activities while on unpaid leave.

The sponsors indicate that this bill is intended to apply to all union activity in Tennessee, but in reality the bill directly targets TSEA and does not affect any other organization in the state. All of this constitutes a pointed and direct attack on TSEA. The irony of the situation is that this attack originates not with our state legislature, or any Tennessee organization, but with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – which apparently knows little to nothing about the way things are done in the Volunteer State.

Please Take Action and Help Kill this Bill!

It is very important that you contact the following committee members and ask them to oppose this bill. Please do so prior to the Commerce and Labor Committee Meeting which will be held Monday, March 18th @ 3:00 pm.

House State Government Committee

Name Email Phone Number
Ryan Haynes, Chair rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2264
Sheila Butt, Vice-Chair rep.sheila.butt@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3005
Joshua Evans rep.joshua.evans@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2860
Darren Jernigan rep.darren.jernigan@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-6959
Debra Moody rep.debra.moody@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3774
Jason Powell rep.jason.powell@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-6861
Bob Ramsey rep.bob.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3560
Bill Sanderson rep.bill.sanderson@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-0718
Johnny Shaw rep.johnny.shaw@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-4538
Billy Spivey rep.billy.spivey@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-4170
Curry Todd rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1866
Eric Watson rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-7799
Kent Williams rep.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-7450


Senate Commerce & Labor Committee

Name Email Phone Number
Jack Johnson, Chair sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2495
Mark Green, 1st Vice Chair sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2374
Charlotte Burks, 2nd Vice Chair sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3978
Dolores Gresham sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2368
Steve Southerland sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3851
Reginald Tate sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2509
Jim Tracy sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1006
Bo Watson sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3227
Ken Yager sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1449

Thank you for taking action!

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