Legal action filed against MEA over union membership
Caroline MacGregor October 23, 2013 | WGVU The
unfair labor complaints filed Monday by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation against the
Michigan Education Department allege that eight teachers were prevented from
withdrawing their membership from the union.
The MEA is
accused of blocking efforts by the teachers to withdraw from the union during the
August opt-out period allowed under the state's right-to-work law.
Chanski, a second-year kindergarten teacher in Coopersville, says the MEA was
evasive about the August opt-out timeframe and resorted to bullying tactics.
Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, says teachers across
the state called to complain they had no idea about the August deadline.
“entire full year”
her withdrawal request on an electronic dues deduction form in May and received
a letter in July saying the process was more complicated.
Chanski was told she’d missed the August deadline and her membership was still
active. She said an MEA representative told her any unpaid dues would be turned
over to collections, affecting her credit.
nearly 1,000 in dues last school year. She says she tried to retrieve a copy of
the form she submitted in May form but was sent a different form, then told the
original one was not unavailable.
WGVU attempted to reach spokesman, Doug Pratt, for
comment but so far our calls have gone unreturned.
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