Idaho Senate panel: Teachers union must show majority representation in contract talks

idaho school board associationA school board-backed plan to require unions representing Idaho teachers during contract talks to show they represent a majority of their district’s educators is headed for a Senate vote.

The bill pushed by the Idaho School Boards Association could require local teachers unions to annually show they represent 50 percent of teachers, plus one more, to earn a seat at the bargaining table.

The Senate Education Committee approved the proposal Tuesday, sending it to the Senate floor.

ISBA Executive Director Karen Echeverria said school boards would have a choice – not an obligation – to impose the majority representation requirement.

The Idaho Education Association said the teachers union generally supports the idea, but asking the union to meet the membership threshold yearly is an unnecessary burden.  (AP)

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