January 27, 2020
Virginia Educators United Collective Bargaining Fact Sheet
Right now, Virginia’s public sector workers have an opportunity to secure basic labor rights for themselves and their communities. Key members of the General Assembly have advanced legislation that would repeal Virginia’s ban on public sector collective bargaining, a harmful and unnecessary burden placed on first responders, healthcare workers, educators, and others who work for the public good. Collective bargaining is a standard labor practice that allows unions to represent workers and negotiate the terms of employee contracts with their employers. Unfortunately, Virginia is one of only a few states in the country that refuses to grant public sector workers this right.
January 21, 2020
Virginia Educators United Urges Legislators to Reject Navy Hill Coliseum Funding Bill Proposed by Delegate Bourne
Richmond, VA: Virginia Educators United would like to communicate our strong disappointment in
Delegate Jeffrey Bourne for the proposal of HB #1345 to aid in funding the coliseum redevelopment
project in Richmond, VA. We encourage all members of the General Assembly who support our public
schools to reject this proposal.
The mere announcement by Delegate Bourne that he did not vet the project before proposing the bill
should be grounds enough to reject the bill; but unfortunately for our schools, there are much more
consequential reasons that we urgently need our representatives to kill this bill. READ FULL RELEASE HERE
December 17, 2019
Virginia Educators United Responds to Northam Budget Release
Richmond, VA: Governor Northam’s K-12 budget is being heralded as a $1.2 billion unprecedented investment in our public schools. While we recognize that it includes some necessary investments, we believe that overall this proposal falls far short of what is desperately needed. The roughly $800 million proposed for re-benchmarking in this budget only keeps pace with inflation and increased enrollment. The Governor is not proposing a $1.2 billion increase; he is proposing a $400 million restoration in funds (less than 4% of total K-12 funding) weighed against over $10 billion in accumulated cuts from the recession, from an education system that was already underfunded when the recession started. We have identified four particular failures in the proposal.
For one, this budget does not include full funding for the Standards of Quality set by the Virginia Board of Education. These standards are established to articulate the bare minimums needed to consider our schools adequate. We cannot applaud any budget that does not fund these standards. That is why Virginia Educators United has included funding of the SOQs as one of our six demands. READ FULL RELEASE HERE