House-Senate Committee Rewrites Collective Bargaining Bill (its ‘collaborative conferencing’ now)

UPDATE: The Senate promptly adopted the report, 19-12. The House is to take the matter up later tonight.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislative Republicans are proposing to replace teachers’ collective bargaining rights with a concept they call “collaborative conferencing.”
The proposal is the result of an effort to reconcile competing House and Senate versions of a bill (SB113) seeking to dial back union negations.
Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville said the new version of the bill is aimed at easing the combative atmosphere of negotiations between teachers’ unions and school boards.
The measure would create conferences to craft memorandums of understanding on issues like salaries, grievances, benefits and working conditions. But it would shield other areas like differentiated pay or evaluations from discussions.
The bill would also eliminate payroll deductions that can be used for political contributions.
Note: The overhaul was hammered out today by a joint House-Senate conference committee — one suspects they probably thought about the provisions in advance — then brought to the floors of both chambers for consideration. The Conference Committee report is available HERE.

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