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Focus on binding arbitration after Legislature passes limited ed policy bill – June 17, 2019
L.D. 240, which started out as a bill to make all education policy negotiable, but was amended to focus on just teacher preparation time, passed in the Legislature this morning after robust debates in both houses.
Your advocacy was key in limiting L.D. 240’s scope to teacher prep time and getting the Right to Strike Bill – L.D. 900 – carried over to next year.
There is one more very damaging and expensive labor bill left to defeat – L.D. 1177 – that deals with binding arbitration around salaries, pensions and insurance. L.D. 1177 would apply not just to public schools, but all public employers, including the state, cities and towns, and the University and Community College systems.
Here’s why it is a very harmful bill:
It would take the decision-making out of the hands of locally elected boards and require the most expensive items in the budget to be bargained behind closed doors.
When negotiations fail, the ultimate decision would be in the hands of outside arbitrators. There would be no more local voice.
Since salaries and benefits make up the bulk of public employee budgets, this bill will lead to higher property and state taxes.
We need your help immediately because L.D. 1177 could be sent to the House and Senate floor at any time, and the legislative session is rapidly coming to a close.