The Wichita Teachers Union is asking lawmakers to reconsider a bill that would eliminate automatic deduction of union dues from the paychecks of teachers and other public employees.
Supporters say the bill will protect union members from pressure to make political contributions.
But Randy Mousley, union leader, said the state has declared an open season on teachers and other public employees.
"There is a concerted effort to silence public sector employees," Mousley said. "The effort to silence teachers and their unions will have a chilling effect on our public schools. The children of kansas need good teachers and supporters."
The bill now moves into the Senate for consideration.