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2013 Legislative Session
6:04 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Lawmakers To Take Up Bill That Would Limit Teacher Bargaining

Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts, prompting the state's largest teachers union to complain of what it calls a "war" on educators.

Kansas National Education Association President Karen Godfrey said Monday the bill before the House commerce committee would hurt public schools. A hearing on the measure is set for Wednesday.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:47 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Kan. Teacher's Union Objects To Bill That Limits Bargaining

KNEA President Karen Godfrey speaking to reporters Thursday.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

The union representing teachers in Kansas says its members were prevented from offering their opinion on a bill that affects unions. The bill would scale back some of the mandatory bargaining rights of teachers.

Currently, the negotiations process between the union and a school district includes lots of items. They are required to negotiate how teachers are evaluated and the process for firing a teacher, among other things.

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News
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Morning News 3.01.13

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Kan. House Advances Change In Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that changes how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint the judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

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News
5:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Top Morning News 2.11.13

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Bill Seeks Equal Kansas Teacher Union Access

A Kansas House committee will hear testimony Monday on legislation that guarantees all teachers' unions equal access to public school employees.

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Unions
3:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Committee Continues Hearings On Union Paycheck Bill

A Kansas Senate committee continued hearings Wednesday on a controversial bill affecting union paycheck deductions.

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Commentary
8:14 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: Unions

Credit Richard Crowson / KMUW
2013 Legislative Session
6:12 am
Fri February 1, 2013

KS House Passes Automatic Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas House chambers at the Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House has passed a bill on a 68-56 vote that restricts one type of political fundraising used by public employee unions. The bill would ban public sector unions from making automatic withdrawals from employee paychecks for political purposes.

Under current law, public employees can voluntarily donate to their union’s political advocacy fund out of their paycheck. Supporters of the bill say it keeps workers from being pressured into making the contributions.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Richard Crowson: A Capitol Crime

Richard Crowson borrows the tune from Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid" to give his take on what's happening in the state legislature. Hear Richard singing his original song by clicking the play button above.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:37 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill Would Limit Collective Bargaining For Teachers

A bill in the House would limit the bargaining rights of teachers in Kansas.

A committee heard from supporters and opponents of the bill Tuesday. Supporters of the measure want administrators to have more flexibility to hire, fire and assign teachers.

The bill would take out some bargaining rights teachers currently have and would limit what can be negotiated by unions. For example, teacher evaluation processes could no longer be part of contract negotiations.

Some lawmakers say we need to look at new ways of recruiting, hiring and evaluating teachers.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:55 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Bill That Limits Unions' Fundraising Options Advances To Full House

A House committee has passed a bill that would stop public unions from making automatic paycheck deductions used for political advocacy.

Currently, union members can agree to deductions from their paychecks that are used for political purposes. The bill would affect teachers and other public workers, and brought up heated debate in the House Commerce Committee.

Opponents of the bill say it takes away an option for public employees to make political contributions.

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