28Apr EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED: Tell Lawmakers: Don’t Silence the Voice of Public Employees Posted by: admin Categories: Past Actions Comments Off on EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED: Tell Lawmakers: Don’t Silence the Voice of Public Employees Tell lawmakers: Don’t silence the voice of public employees! 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. Read more here. A Threat to the Existence of Advocacy Organizations Freedom of speech and freedom of association are crucial to a representative form of government. Prohibiting the payroll deduction of union dues would stifle those freedoms and ultimately weaken our democracy. Take Action Now! HB 172, HB 451 and HB 1059 have been assigned to the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. They could be heard as early as Wednesday, April 30. Please take action now, and ask members to vote NO when these bills come before them.