Press release from the Tennessee State Employees Association; March 23, 2012:
Earlier this week, Governor Haslam’s TEAM Act, was on calendar in the House Finance Subcommittee. The subcommittee voted 8-6, once again along party lines, to send the bill on to the full Finance Committee, meeting next Tuesday.
State Employees, made up of constituents from both political parties, expect to be represented fairly by the legislators they helped to elect. “If what the Governor really wants on this legislation is a full and fair discussion to get to the ‘right’ solution, like he promised he would do in his state of the state address, then I hope someone tells him that party line votes tell another story” said TSEA Executive Director Robert O’Connell.
TSEA has proposed a number of carefully considered, reasonable amendments that are not based on a political philosophy, but are based on more than thirty years experience working with state employees, only to have every single amendment thrown out without practical deliberation. “Somehow this has become a partisan issue, and only the administration is to blame, and it is absolutely shameful.” – said TSEA President Phil Morson. TSEA believes that, through amendments proposed by the association, there is still time to shape the bill into legislation that is acceptable to everyone; however those decisions are now up to legislators in the House Finance Committee.
TSEA also has its State Employee Lobby Day scheduled for all-day Tuesday, March 27th preceded by a brief rally and Press Conference on Tennessee Tower Plaza at 8:45 am. State employees will be in attendance in large numbers for the finance committee meeting on Tuesday to display their support for changes to this bill.
TSEA is a nonprofit association existing to provide a strong unified voice with which it advocates the work-related interests of members. The attainment of association objectives will ensure a better life for our members and will attract and retain an effective, efficient state workforce to provide services for all Tennesseans. TSEA was established in 1974. For further information, visit the Web site at www.tseaonline.org.