2007 House Bill 4533

Allow teachers union to bargain for privatization ban

Introduced in the House

March 27, 2007

Introduced by Rep. Andy Meisner (D-27)

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 Committee on Labor

May 15, 2007

Reported without amendment

Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.

July 24, 2007

Amendment offered by Rep. Arlan Meekhof (R-89)

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

Amendment offered by Rep. Rick Jones (R-71)

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 (details)

July 25, 2007

Passed in the House 60 to 46 (details)


Passed in the House 59 to 46 (details)

Received in the Senate

Aug. 1, 2007

Referred to the Committee on Education