Uphold Tennessee Teachers' Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Petitioned Tennessee Governor

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Tennessee Governor
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee State House

Uphold Tennessee Teachers' Right to Collective Bargaining

    1. Petition by

      Workers Interfaith Network

Tennessee’s teachers work hard to educate their students. They deserve to have a voice in their working conditions, wages, and how their students are educated. That’s why state law has allowed teachers to engage in collective bargaining for more than 40 years. But now, state Senators are trying to eliminate collective bargaining altogether, and state Representatives are moving to severely restrict teachers' abilities to negotiate.

Without the collective voice that bargaining provides, teachers will lose their seat at the negotiating table. Legislators are trying to turn back the clock to 50 years ago, when teachers had no rights. Many could only make ends meet if they were married and their spouses had decent paying jobs.  

Tell Tennessee’s legislators that we must care for our educators in the same way they care for our children. We should always be looking for ways to better reform our educational system. But taking away teachers’ rights to collective bargaining silences some of the most important voices we need to determine what is best for students. Attacking teachers' rights will not improve students' education.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roger Jolley DECHERD, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      Come on. Teachers should have a voice.

    • Susan Penn MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      On Labor Day 1980, Ronald Reagan said, "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." We need to look at longer term implications of restricting teachers' abilities to negotiate. Voice, negotiation, and compromise are backbones of our free society.

    • Art Sutherland, MD MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I feel that it would be an un-american act to take away teachers rights to collective bargaining- what are you all thinking about? This country is about freedom and fairness, not restricting peoples' rights.

      Art Sutherland, MD

    • Amy Santee MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Teachers are the backbone of society and the key to our children's futures!


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