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Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?

As someone who is disgusted with the stream of lies from the union leadership and Gov Malloy on this issue, I hope the media will start asking questions about this subject -ctblogger

In defense of its endorsement of Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy, the Connecticut Education Association is using its EXAMINE THE FACTS campaign to tell teachers that Malloy, "Supports teachers' rights to collectively bargain and negotiate contracts, benefits, and working conditions."

At the same time, most of Connecticut's other unions are trying to persuade their members that if elected, Republican Tom Foley will follow Wisconsin's right-wing, anti-union governor and destroy collective bargaining altogether.

But the fact remains that Governor Malloy is the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose unilaterally eliminating collective bargaining rights for a group of public employees.

In Malloy's case, as part of his corporate education reform industry initiative, he proposed repealing collective bargaining rights for public school teachers working in the poorest schools.

Had the Connecticut General Assembly not stripped Malloy's anti-union provisions, 1,000 - 1,500 public school teachers, in up to 25 schools across Connecticut, would have lost their rights to collective bargain.

In response to Malloy's proposal, the CEA wrote to its members on March 14, 2012, telling them that Malloy's Education Bill would have "real and dramatic consequences for teachers."

Leading the list of negative impacts, the CEA leadership explained that:

"The bill would take away collective bargaining rights from teachers in the lowest performing schools...."

The CEA letter went on to urge teachers to contact their legislators and tell them to "Fix the governor's bill" and "Restore collective bargaining rights."

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Governor Malloy has an obligation to come clean about his position on collective bargaining.

Malloy claims that he supports collective bargaining rights, the leaders of Connecticut's unions are telling their members that Malloy supports collective bargaining rights...but it is worth repeating, yet again, that Dannel Malloy is the only Democratic governor in the nation to propose repealing collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.

To earn the votes of Connecticut's teachers and other union members, Malloy needs to stand up, explain why he produced such an anti-union proposal and renounce his 2012 effort to repeal collective bargaining rights.

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