You might be wondering what happened to HB 2085, the bill to dismantle collective bargaining for teachers and the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association proposal to strip teachers of any voice in anything except salary, supplemental pay, sick leave and personal leave.
We were wondering as well until we got wind of a game afoot.
The House Commerce Committee met today and decided to discuss the collective bargaining proposals but not to work HB 2085. What could this mean?
What we learned is that a plan was hatched out by Chairman Kleeb working with a few superintendents and KASB – folks who wish to strip teachers of most if not all collective bargaining from teachers – to craft some ideas behind closed doors, and then drop the plan in as a “gut and go” amendment to another bill that apparently no one cared about.
Is this possible? Sure it is! You’ll be able to see it soon in HB 2027, shooting out of committee just in time to get through the full House before turn-around on Friday.
This is the time to get back into action. Contact your House member and ask him/her to oppose changes to collective bargaining for teachers in HB 2085, in HB 2027, or any other bill or amendment in the House.
This action could take place any time over the next three days. It is important that you both email and call your House member! Leave a message both in the email inbox and on the office voicemail!