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Anti-Worker Bills Move Through Kansas Legislature 

February 1, 2013 – The true agenda of the the Kansas state legislature was revealed as it acts on legislation that would - according to Kansas Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Eric Stafford -- "get rid of public sector unions."

One bill seeks to prevent public employee unions from deducting money from members' pay for political activity efforts, while another goes after collective bargaining rights.

IAFF 2nd District Vice President Mark Woolbright notes, "It's Interesting how, in the state of Kansas, the bill that strips collective bargaining from public employees is cited as the 'Public Employee Freedom Act.'"

"With state legislatures now convening, IAFF affiliates face a new round of political attacks," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "The legislation in Kansas makes it crystal clear that state lawmakers across the country want to destroy unions. But I am confident in our ability to stand up to the challenges and fight back."

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House approves bill preventing paycheck deduction for public union political activities (The Wichita Eagle, 01/30/13)
Capitol beats: 'I need this bill passed so we can get rid of public sector unions' (The Wichita Eagle, 01/26/13)

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