A profile in courage
Please thank a lawmaker who stood tall for us!
Thanks in large part to the e-mails that you sent to the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this week, we were able to convince members to defer HB 522, which would have repealed our right to collect member dues through payroll deduction.
Had this bill passed, unions like the LFT would find it very difficult to continue our fight against the Jindal administration’s efforts to substitute a corporate agenda for the common good of the people of Louisiana.
On issues including school vouchers, assaults on the teaching profession, privatization of health care and the reduction of health services, attacks on public employee pensions, starving higher education and more, unions have led the opposition to the Jindal agenda.
With the defeat of HB 552, we will be able to keep fighting.
We owe particular thanks to one member of the committee, Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard (I-Thibodaux). In spite of heavy pressure from the business lobby, Rep. Richard listened to his conscience and cast the deciding vote to kill HB 552.
Rep. Richard is now being blanketed with hate mail because of the stand he took. Please take a moment and thank Rep. Richard. Click the link below. Let him know that we appreciate his courage, and will support him in any way that we can.