Collective bargaining bills will get a rewrite

For a series of controversial collective bargaining bills, it’s back to the drawing board.

“All the bills from the school boards are being redrafted,” Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, said Thursday afternoon.

The Idaho School Boards Association has proposed seven bills that contain elements of the voter-rejected Proposition 1 collective bargaining law. Among the more contentious components: an elimination of ongoing “evergreen” contract clauses between teachers’ unions and school boards; language requiring a local teachers’ union to certify that it represents at least 50 percent of certified staff; and language allowing a school board to impose its best and final contract offer in the event of an impasse.

Since the bills’ introduction, Goedde and House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt have met with stakeholder groups, including the ISBA and the Idaho Education Association, which opposes the bills.

IEA Executive Director Robin Nettinga says the groups have had “good conversations” — but she said she hasn’t seen any rewritten bills and can’t say whether her group would be able to support any of them. “I don’t know what changes will actually occur as a result of those conversations.”

ISBA Executive Director Karen Echeverria was not immediately available for comment.

The redrafted bills will likely appear in Senate Education on Monday — the deadline for bills to be introduced in education committees.