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Legislation Would Weaken Teacher Unions Bargaining Ability

Teachers unions’ ability to collectively bargain would be significantly weakened based on legislation passed by the Indiana Senate Tuesday.

With protesters crowding the halls outside the chamber, the Senate Tuesday passed a bill Terre Haute Senator Tim Skinner said will significantly hurt the teaching profession.

“I have veteran teachers out in the hallway who are telling me, these people have 20 years of experience, under this system they could lose anywhere from seven to 12 or 15 thousand dollars a year.”

But Noblesville Senator Luke Kenley said unions’ unwillingness to compromise made the bill necessary.

“The collective bargaining agreement, the rights that they have today, is an impediment to education. And it’s a total imbalance of the union’s power versus the corporation’s right to manage the corporation.”

The measure passed 30 to 19 and now heads to the House for consideration.

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