Mich. Teachers Fight Union’s Attempt to Lock Them Into 10-Year Agreement Ahead of Right-To-Work Law

Right to work advances in Michigan …

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2012 accomplished the seemingly impossible task of turning Michigan, a longtime stronghold for unionized labor, into a right-to-work state.

However, in anticipation of the new law, which goes into effect on March 28, 2013, one union has approved of a deal that locks its members into paying dues well after they have a choice in the matter.

“Three Taylor Public School teachers … sued the union that represents them, the school board and the school administration over an agreement that forces them to pay dues or fees to the union for 10 years or be fired for not doing so,” Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.

Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz, and Nancy Rhatigan allege that they were misled when the Taylor Federation of Teachers Local 1085 passed and the school district approved of a deal ahead of the right-to-work law that forces them to pay dues for another decade.

But with the help of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the three are fighting get out of the 10-year “union security agreement” that expires in 2023.

“The decade-long extended payment requirement is outside the five-year contract the school board and union reached, which is a violation of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act,” said Derk Wilcox, senior attorney for the Legal Foundation.

He notes that it’s illegal to have two separate contracts with separate expiration dates running at the same time.

Democrats will not be denied their union dues.



2 Responses to Mich. Teachers Fight Union’s Attempt to Lock Them Into 10-Year Agreement Ahead of Right-To-Work Law

  1. upaces88 says:

    “IF” the parents want their children to have an excellent education,at Teacher’s Union must be a thing of the past. Allow me to explain.

    I was in a Community Counseling Masters Program at Texas A&M. School teachers were in some of the same classes with us who were getting their Masters to become a “School Counselor.”

    During the very first test during the very first Semester at A&M, I noticed that all of the teachers were sitting at the back of the room with their books open during a test asking each other “what page was that answer on?” They didn’t care we could hear them. They “were allowed to openly cheat”.

    Then, of course, there was Advanced Psychology. AGAIN, they had their books out in plain sight; and no one said a word.

    Make unions a thing of the past, and we will have teachers who have a gift and/or talent to teach vs. doing it because of the “that all they can do; for the $$ and a paid 3 month vacation in the summer.

  2. upaces88 says:

    By the way, it is true that those “who can’t do…teach.”

    There are ALWAYS exceptions to the rule when once in a great while children do run across a REAL Teacher who seems to have been BORN TO TEACH. They don’t need unions. Unions only protect those who are poor teacher or human beings.

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