Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s premier nonunion professional educators organization, fully supports Idaho Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) complaint over the Boise School District’s use of taxpayer dollars and union dues.
It’s unethical and insulting to taxpayers who fund the schools thinking that their money flows to the classroom only to find out that some of their taxes are underwriting union activities and salaries. Flagging money to prop up union influence in the district should be strictly prohibited.
NWPE is also frustrated with questionable tactics of the Boise school district and teachers union, and taxpayers should be, too. The collective bargaining process is not only used to misappropriate tax dollars for union activities, it is also used to shut out other associations, such as NWPE, which provide teachers with a nonunion choice for professional protection and support.
Taxpayers deserve to know that their hard-earned contributions to the Boise School District are not funding a private labor organization — a clear conflict of interest. Educators also deserve to examine association options for professional representation and to choose the organization that best reflects their values, beliefs and budgets.
We hope IFF successfully ensures that tax dollars are used for the benefit of students.
Cindy Omlin, executive director,
Northwest Professional Educators, Spokane