Tennessee lawmaker threatens to end automatic deduction of union dues for anti-outsourcing group
NASHVILLE - A Tennessee lawmaker who supports Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to privatize Fall Creek Falls State Park's hospitality operations has introduced legislation targeting the Tennessee State Employees Association, which is fighting the outsourcing.
Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, whose district includes the park, has the bill, which would end state government's automatic payroll dues deductions for state workers who are TSEA members.
TSEA Executive Director Randy Stamps told the Times Free Press in an interview that he sees the bill as punishment for the employees group's opposition.
"I do see it as retaliation and again I think we're perfectly within our rights when we see a public policy that impacts state employees but also impacts the entire state, to take a stand and become involved," Stamps said.