The House Education Committee held print hearings today for two bills aimed squarely at punishing the Idaho Education Association and its members. Committee members voted to print both proposals.
One, House Bill 104, introduced by Rep. Reed DeMordaunt (R-Eagle) would prohibit school districts from using public money to pay union leaders. The overwhelming majority of IEA local presidents are volunteers, but a handful of Idaho educators work full time on behalf of educators in the state’s largest districts under arrangements bargained by their locals.
The other, House Bill 103, brought by Rep. Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d’Alene), would prohibit school districts from reimbursing educators for union dues. Several IEA locals have bargained this agreement as a benefit to members.