These groups like the Freedom Foundation, Choice for Teachers, the Worker Rights Alliance, the Northwest Professional Educators and others exist to take away our collective bargaining rights and limit our ability to speak out for students and public education. You could be contacted by one or more of these groups this summer.
Some of the tactics we have seen:
- Some of these groups have been making public records requests to secure personal information about public employees in an attempt to communicate directly with them to encourage them to withdraw their membership from their local and state associations. This has happened in some school districts, involving teachers in our State.
- This information could be used, by representatives of these organizations, to show up at members’ homes to advocate that they withdraw from their local associations and WEA. This has happened to members of other unions.
- Some of these groups have sent emails & letters to WEA members’ homes and to their work email urging them to quit WEA and their local association.
- Some of these groups have even contacted local association presidents, urging them to disband their local associations.
If you have any questions about your association, its role as an advocate for public education, or your membership please contact us.
As a union, we have the power to protect the rights and economic security of our members and to fight for the best interests of students. We will continue to stand strong in support of our beliefs and our members.