Stand for Children continues their assault on unions with their latest legislation, Oregon House Bill 2001, trading teacher seniority for merit during lay-offs. The bill requires school district that is making reductions in educator staff positions to retain teacher with less seniority if teacher has more merit and if retention of teacher is necessary to maintain school district’s diversity ratio.
HB 2001 had a public hearing in House Rules Committee on Friday, April 30, 2021 and will be up again 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 4, 2021 for a Work Session.
Listen to background and testimony on House Bill 2001:
0:00 Racist History of Standardized Testing
15:00 April 13 House Education Work Session
26:00 More Stand for Children background
38:00 April 30 House Rules Committee
41:00 Bill reading
43:30 Speaker Kotek
52:00 Representative Alonso Leon
1:00:00 Parasa Chanramy Leigislative Director Coalition of Oregon School Administrators
1:04:00 Toya Fick Oregon Stand for Children Executive Director
1:08:00 Jared Mason-Gere Oregon Education Association Political Consultant
1:17:00 Roscoe Caron Community Alliance for Public Education member
1:22:00 Moved to May 4 agenda
“(f) ‘Merit’ means the measurement of one teacher’s ability and effectiveness against the ability and effectiveness of another teacher.
“(g) ‘Qualified teacher with cultural or linguistic expertise’ means a teacher who:
“(A) Has more cultural or linguistic expertise than a teacher with more or equal seniority; and
“(B) Holds proper licenses or other credentials to fill a remaining position. “
(h) ‘School district’ includes an education service district.
This directly challenges collective bargaining rights and signals the return of Bill Sizemore-like merit over seniority laws that Oregonians rejected twice.
The evolvement of public employee collective bargaining has taken place over several decades, beginning in the 1959 legislative session.
The Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) became effective in October 1973. The PECBA administers the laws governing employment relations and public employers and employees in the state, counties, cities, school districts, transportation districts, and other local governments as well as private employers not subject to NLRB jurisdiction.
Most items included in a collective bargaining agreement are common amongst all bargaining units. Examples include wages and fringe benefits, vacation time, grievance procedures, arbitration, health and safety, nondiscrimination clauses, no-strike clauses, length of contract, management rights, discipline, seniority, and union security.
Bill Sizemore tried to replace seniority with merit in 2000 and 2008. It failed. Twice. Stand for Children’s attempt to weaken unions uses the same playbook, attacking teacher seniority through undefined merit.
Concerning campaign financing, Stand for Children contributed to at least 32 school board candidates in this election. Thousands of dollars have changed hands between Stand for Children Oregon PAC and Stand for Children, Inc., a 501c4 nonprofit contracting with districts and the state. Stand for Children and other outside special interests have too much influence on policy. Voters should know where endorsed candidates stand on merit over seniority for teachers. (Open the image in a separate window to magnify).