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Lawmakers Attempt to Silence Your Voice

In an effort to silence the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and other public sector unions, bills have been introduced to strike at the unions’ source of funding.

Powerful, well-funded organizations like the National Right to Work Committee in Washington, D.C. and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry are pushing HB 172 by Rep. Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge), HB 451 by Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) and HB 1059, also by Rep. Talbot. The bills would prohibit public sector unions from collecting member dues through payroll deduction.


Geraldine Bell Award Winner

Gwendolyn Laurendine is Geraldine Bell Award recipient

United Teachers of New Orleans member Gwendolyn Laurendine was named the Geraldine Bell Memorial Award winner at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel Conference, held on February 22 at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel.

The annual PSRP Conference recognizes the contributions of school support staff. It includes professional development workshops, briefings on important legislative and educational issues, and awards to honor the achievements of members.


Appeal Court Vindicates 7,000 Fired Educators

Appeal court vindicates 7,000 fired educators

(Baton Rouge – January 16, 2014) Some 7,000 teachers and school employees who were wrongfully terminated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were vindicated Wednesday by a five-judge panel of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.