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Companies say they can’t find skilled workers. Turns out unions are pretty good at providing them.  By Lydia DePillis June 29 at 1:32 PM

This article includes: “…a quick history lesson. The declining relevance of unions in workforce development has several causes, other than the decline of the labor movement itself, and it starts in the 1930s.”

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Secretary Duncan stated the nation is at a crossroads with two different paths for a new ESEA – a choice with moral and economic consequences. The current law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), should be replaced with a law that ensures opportunity for every child in this country; strengthens our nation economically; and expands support for schools, teachers, and principals, as well as accountability for the progress of all students.

from Lily Eskelsen García National Education Association President
I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that together, we have made HUGE progress to push Congress in the right direction to provide opportunity for all students.
The bad news is that Congress is now dragging its feet instead of working on the main education law that governs our schools.
Speak up here to tell Congress that our students are a priority.
Our students have already waited 13+ years. We can’t let Congress continue to push off students, and we can’t wait for the next school year to pass a bill that truly supports kids and empowers educators to lead.
Tell Congress that our students need equal opportunity and time to learn NOW, not later. They cannot wait.
Thank you for speaking up.
¡Si se puede!

- Lily
Lily Eskelsen García National Education Association President

P.S. Click here to tweet this message:
We’ve lived the #NCLB era for 13+ years too long. My students can’t wait for equal opportunity! Please bring #ESEA to the floor.

MNEA Special Legislative Update  June 4, 2015
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
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GOVERNOR VETOES SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK”

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed HCS/HBs 116 and 569 on June 4.  The Association opposes the bill and appreciates the action of the Governor to veto this harmful legislation.  MNEA urges legislators to vote in opposition to the bill and sustain the veto, should the bill be brought up for an override attempt in the Veto Session this September.  The bill was approved during session by a House vote of 92-66 and a Senate vote of 21-13, short of the 109 House votes and 23 Senate votes needed to override a veto.

Under the Missouri Constitution, all employees have the right to bargain collectively through representatives of their own children. However, the constitutional right of employees to bargain collectively may be rendered ineffective unless employee unions are allowed to operate effectively.

The so-called “Right-to-Work” provision applies to all employees and would remove the ability of labor unions to receive compensation for the costs of fulfilling their duties as exclusive representative.  HB 116 would weaken the process of collective bargaining between management and labor.

This proposal will have an effect that goes far beyond collective bargaining rights and union representation.  States with “Right-to-Work” laws trail behind in important aspects that matter to children and schools.  Those states generally have lower wages, less investment in public education and healthcare, reduced access to employer-provided healthcare and higher poverty.  Educational success for students often lags behind in “Right-to-Work” states.

Legislative Update
by Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
Number 18   May 20, 2015

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SENATE SLOWDOWN AT SESSION END; MANY BILLS DIE
SPEAKER DIEHL RESIGNS; REP. RICHARDSON SELECTED AS NEW SPEAKER
WHAT YOU CAN DO

SUMMARY OF WHAT PASSED AND WHAT DIDN’T
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EDUCATION BUDGET
STUDENT TRANSFER/CHARTER AND VIRTUAL EXPANSION BILL
SO-CALLED “RIGHT-TO-WORK”
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS (SPRINGFIELD AND ST. JOSEPH)
UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION PERIOD
HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
DYSLEXIA
CHARTER SCHOOLS
OUTDOOR CAMPUS EXPRESSION
A+ SCHOLARSHIP RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
MOST COLLEGE SAVINGS FUND
DID NOT PASS
PAYCHECK DECEPTION
MANDATED UNION RECERTIFICATION ELECTIONS
ACCREDITATION AND LOCAL CONTROL OF ASSESSMENT
2.55% FACTOR PSRS BILL
VIRTUAL COURSE ACCESS
WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT HOURS AND CONTRACTORS (KELLY SERVICES)
PENSION FORFEITURE
ST. LOUIS SCHOOL RETIREMENT
PHOTO ID
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND WHISTLE-BLOWER LAW
PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
WORKPLACE ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS
TABOR
SMALL SCHOOLS FUNDING
DEBT SERVICE LIMIT
CIVICS TESTING CHANGES
CONSTITUTION PROJECT
DAILY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
LEARNING STANDARDS WORK GROUPS
PARENTAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION
CAREER AND TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
GIFTED EDUCATION FUNDING
TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES
CPR INSTRUCTION
REMEDIATION AND DROPOUT
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY TEST
CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
POST-SECONDARY COURSE OPTIONS
DUAL CREDIT COURSES
BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS
ACCESS MISSOURI SCHOLARSHIPS
SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS
STATE SCHOOLS FOR THE SEVERELY DISABLED
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SENATE QUITS EARLY AT SESSION END; MANY BILLS DIE
SPEAKER DIEHL RESIGNS; REP. RICHARDSON SELECTED AS NEW SPEAKER
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CAMPUS EXPRESSION
MOST HIGHER EDUCATION SAVINGS PROGRAM
SUMMARY OF WHAT PASSED AND WHAT DIDN’T
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MNEA Legislative Update   Week 18, No. 1, May 11, 2015
By Otto Fajen   MNEA Legislative Director
SENATE TO CONSIDER SO-CALLED “RIGHT TO WORK”
JOINT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES
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Missouri NEA Weekly Legislative Update Number 17 – May 8, 2015
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
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LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS FOR WEEK
LEGISLATURE APPROVES STUDENT TRANSFER BILL
CONFERENCE ACTION ON OMNIBUS EDUCATION BILL
CONFERENCE ACTION ON SCHOOL RETIREMENT OMNIBUS BILL
CONFERENCE ACTION ON CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION BILL
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
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MNEA Legislative Update Week 17, No. 4, May 7, 2015
By Otto Fajen MNEA Legislative Director
HOUSE ADJOURNS FOR WEEK, SENATE TO MEET ON FRIDAY
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS
TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
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Missouri NEA Legislative Update   Week 17, No. 3, May 6, 2015
By Otto Fajen  MNEA Legislative Director
CONFERENCE ACTION ON OMNIBUS EDUCATION BILL
CONFERENCE ACTION ON CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION BILL
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS
ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
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Missouri NEA Legislative Update   Week 17, No. 2, May 5, 2015
By Otto Fajen  MNEA Legislative Director
LEGISLATURE APPROVES STUDENT TRANSFER BILL
OMNIBUS EDUCATION BILL GOES TO CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE ACTION ON SCHOOL RETIREMENT OMNIBUS BILL
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION BILL GOES TO CONFERENCE
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