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2007 House Bill 4533: Allow teachers union to bargain for privatization ban
  1. Introduced by Rep. Andy Meisner (D) on March 27, 2007, to repeal a law that makes a school districts decision to enter third party contracts for the provision of noninstructional support services an issue that school employee unions may not include in collective bargaining negotiations with a school employer, as when a union seeks to include a provision in a school district’s contract with employees that bans the district from privatizing bus, custodial, or food services.
    • Referred to the House Labor Committee on March 27, 2007.
      • Reported in the House on May 15, 2007, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Arlan Meekhof (R) on July 24, 2007, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4306, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4306 would exempt public school construction or repair projects from the state "prevailing wage" law, which prohibits awarding contracts to contractors who submit the lowest bid unless the contractor pays "prevailing wages," which are based on union pay scales in a particular part of a geographic region. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on July 24, 2007.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rick Jones (R) on July 24, 2007, to not repeal the prohibition on school unions making the outsourcing of non-instructional services a collective bargaining issue, but instead to modify so it so that the union could negotiate for an opportunity for current union employees to be able to bid against a potential outside contractor to provide the same service. The amendment failed 49 to 57 in the House on July 24, 2007.
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  2. Passed 60 to 46 in the House on July 25, 2007.
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  3. Received in the House on July 25, 2007. Passed 59 to 46 in the House on July 25, 2007.
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  4. Received in the Senate on August 1, 2007.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on August 1, 2007.