Tenn. panel votes to bust state teachers' unions 

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NASHVILLE — The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to abolish collective bargaining between teachers unions and school boards across the state.The vote was 6-3, with all Republicans on the panel voting for the bill and all Democrats against.Sponsor Sen. Jack Johnson said passage of the bill — SB113 — will remove "an albatross from around the neck of our school boards across the state" and remove a roadblock to education reform.

Labor unions are part of the free market. But their historical rationale is to protect workers from exploitation by unscrupulous employers that don't follow the law or eschew basic workplace safety standards. That's not so much of an issue when the state is the employer, unless you believe that governments are unscrupulous employers that dramatically underpay their workforces in comparison to the private sector.

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