Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the September 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
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In light of the recent Center for Medical Progress exposťs revealing the macabre actions of Planned Parenthood, Catholic public school teachers should reconsider their membership in the teachers union.
The National Education Association and its state and local affiliates have long supported abortion on demand and Planned Parenthood. NEA contributes teachersí dues as well as use of union facilities and other in kind contributions to Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates.
Because of compulsory union fees, Washington public school teachers are required to pay upwards of $1,200 in union fees as a condition of employment (pay or get fired). Yet, a mere 20-30 percent of those dues are used for collective bargaining and workplace representation according to their own admission. The rest of the cash funds other activities, including advancing abortion politics and other causes having nothing to do with the classroom.
Catholic teachers who donít want to contribute their hard-earned paychecks to advancing union politics supporting these activities can request religious objector status. A simple letter is all that is needed. Once granted the teacher is allowed to direct 100 percent of his/her dues to a nonreligious charity. Thatís a lot of good those dues could be doing. The religious objector remains a member of the bargaining unit and retains the same salary and contractual benefits of his/her colleagues.
Teachers can learn more about their religious objector rights and the professional protection and support available from the stateís premiere nonunion teacher association by contacting Northwest Professional Educators at 800-380-6973, via email to email@example.com, or by visiting the web site: www.nwpe.org
Cindy Omlin, Mead, Wash.
(Omlin is the Executive Director of Northwest Professional Educators.)
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