by Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
March 04, 2014
In October, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed unfair labor practice and duty of fair representation charges against the Michigan Education Association (MEA) on behalf of seven Michigan public school teachers and a paraeducator. These public school employees were denied their rights under Michigan’s Freedom to Work law because they failed to notify the MEA of their intention to leave the union during the month of August, the only month that the MEA claims it will take resignations. Despite the passage of right-to-work legislation, the MEA did almost nothing to make its members aware of this August window until September. This effectively locked unsuspecting teachers into another year of dues. By simply informing teachers of the “August Window,” the MEA could have saved itself headache and backlash. Rather than choosing power over principle and money over members, the MEA should return to its “customer accountability.”

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