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Unions are the Freeloaders

Forced dues spent on politics, benefits for union staff

… who want out of the union is wrong. The side … financially support a union to keep their jobs has … freeloaders receiving union benefits while not wanting … The MEA, like many unions, spends very little … more

2014 Election Aftermath

Unions' bark worse than their bite

… fear the wrath of the union political juggernaut. These … with the 5th highest union membership rate in the … deemed a must win by unions to repeal labor reforms … dared to take on forced unionism. The survival … more

In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

GOP Governors who challenged Big Labor all returned to office

… right-to-work law, thousands of union members from around … the GOP . One union member wondered if Democrats … us. Garrett said the union would make sure we … reforms that upset unions in those states. F. … more

MEA’s August Window Declared Illegal

Judge finds union guilty of unfair labor practices

… employees can resign from a union at any time of the year. On … state s largest teacher union, the Michigan Education … resignation from the union unless it is submitted … right to resign their union memberships at will, … more


Prop 2 Would Protect Union Bosses at the Expense of Qualified Teachers

… fact, nearly all teacher union contracts require that … several districts appear to value union bosses the most. The … good example. Its union contract specifies that the local union president "shall have … more

Union Rally Fizzles

Union organizer: 'All these organizations are the same'

… other things, about 40 union workers and community … said was comprised of unions and faith-based organizations, … more

Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

Twelve of the top 20 spenders are unions

… business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders … to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly … Employees was No. 2. The union, which represents Detroit … GOP. The parent union for the Michigan Education … more

Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union

UAW fights photo IDs for voting; demands photo ID to opt out of union

… and Yeti. The union wrote on its Facebook … to opt out of paying union dues as a condition … complaint against the union, alleging that the photo … request to opt out of the union on Sept. 18, and demanding … more

Union Falsely Tells Teachers They Lose Sick Leave Benefits if They Opt Out

Union and non-union employees contribute to sick bank

… of a local teachers union incorrectly told his … to if they left the union. Todd Mignerey, … Education Association union president, sent the … document entitled, Union Membership Has Benefits, … more

Union Rates Not Dropping Faster In RTW States

… observation : The fact is union membership has typically … laws. The fact that unionization is down is true. … impact the rates of unionization. Unionization across the country … more
Union Protesters

Union Bosses Outsource Hostility, Hiring Beneficiaries of Entrepreneur’s Charity to Protest Him

… MRCC members, and the union does not claim to represent … standard wages. The union does not provide any … construction workers are non-union, making it unlikely … ever been made to unionize its workforce. He … more

Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates

Livonia superintendent says it was a mistake

… Education Association union local signed the email. It … the candidates the union supports, it mentioned that the union office has signs and … email have voted for union contracts in the past … more

Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out

AFSCME local joins other unions bullying members who exercise their rights

… advantage to joining the union. In response, the … Employees Local 1603 union posted his name on a … and opted out of the union. VanDenHeuvel and … pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. "I … more

Teachers Contract Contains Questionable Forced Unionization Clause

Plymouth-Canton union wants teachers fired if they don't join union, which is illegal under state's RTW law

… language in its teachers union contract that says teachers have … they don't join the union. Michigan's right-to-work … fees or belong to a union as a condition of employment. The … Plymouth-Canton union contract was "sealed" Sept. … more

Lawmakers Walk Out on Legislatures, But No One Walks Out on a Union

… show up and vote on union-related legislation … right to walk away from union bargaining tables. Refusing … in good faith with a union subjects offenders to … one walks out on a union. Lawmakers … more

Union, District Force Non-Union Teacher to Pay for Union Release Time

Teacher Adam Neuman sues MEA affiliate and Brighton Schools

… So, when the teachers union and his employer told … classroom to work on union business, Neuman felt … right-to-work law. But the union informed him that he … time, which allows the union steward to work on union … more

Teachers To Lawmakers: 'MEA Wouldn't Tell Us How To Leave Union'

Educators testified about not being allowed out of the union

LANSING Union officials purposely … they could leave the union, they are now forced … only opt out of the union during the month of … must continue paying union dues. Miriam … more

Teachers Sue MEA To Escape Union

Union demanded bank account information and threatened teacher's credit

… wants to leave her union, the Coopersville Education … right-to-work law, but the union will not let her leave, … against their local unions and the MEA, challenging … August window the union says is the only time … more

Connecticut Now Struggling With Caregiver Unionization Efforts

SEIU loss in Michigan not stopping the union

… but a similar forced unionization plan exists in … Employees International Union when Jennifer Granholm … election to forcibly unionize Michigan home-based … caregivers in Connecticut to unionize, but there are serious … more

Rule Request Would Require Public Sector Unions To Notify Members Of When They Are Eligible To Resign

Union members often unaware of limited windows when they can opt out under state's right-to-work law

… the right to leave a union doesn't mean much if union members don t know … establish a new rule that unions that represent public … rule, Wright said. Union members have limited … more

Teachers Find Union Alternatives

Liability insurance, legal protection, professional resources all available at a fraction of the union cost

… decide to flee the unions in favor of professional … join or leave a labor union, nationally, 83 percent … protection. And unlike the union coverage, explains Freeze, … chain of command at the union when making a claim. Additionally, … more

Union Bullies Workers Exercising Their Rights

List with names of people who opted out of the union distributed to try to intimidate ex-members

Another union is trying to intimidate some … rights and left the union. The International Union of Operating Engineers … who opted out of the union after the state's right-to-work … more

The Union ‘Free-Rider Problem’ Myth in Right-to-Work Debate

The union is the one truly taking advantage of the collective bargaining arrangement

… for refusing to pay union dues or agency fees, … still be covered by the union contract. They … is forced to join a union," said House Democratic … up repeatedly by unions and their supporters. When … more

Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

Supreme Court ruled daycare, home-based caregivers not public employees and can't be unionized

… financially support unions simply because they … brought the first forced unionization of workers to … from being sent to union slush funds has been … fought the forced unionization of daycare … more

A Little Graft Can Do A Lot of Damage

The real price tag of Carpenters union corruption

… a big price tag for unionized Michigan carpenters. The … the goings-on between union boss, investment consultants, … illustrates how damaging union corruption can actually … return, the Carpenters union invested $77 million … more

Wayne State President's Union Contract Defense Falls Flat

If eight years is good, why not a 20-year union contract?

… Gilmour says it s the union s way or it s the … unprecedented eight-year union contract that was written … not agree with the union s policies or its politics … Because neither the union, nor the administration … more

Is VW the First Model for 21st Century Unionism?

New policy echoes Mackinac Center recommendations

… recognition of multiple unions at their plant. The … would recognize any union that can show it represents … voluntary and collaborative unionism that the Mackinac … our new study, Unionization for the 21st … more

Michigan Lost 42,000 Union Members Last Year

BLS report says state faced ninth largest drop in the country

… Michigan lost 42,000 union members from 2011 to … with a loss of 75,000 union members. Overall, the union membership rate in … data is available union membership in the country … more

Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself

MEA spent $155K outsourcing non-union janitorial services

… contracts out work with non-union companies for its own … state's largest teachers union had contracts with … the companies are not unionized. The MEA did … this old industrial union of janitors, bus drivers, … more

Detroit Teachers Union Gives Members Freedom MEA Doesn’t

DFT allows union employees to resign whenever they want

… Teachers cannot totally leave the union because their contract … sending a letter to the union at any time during the … payers or leaving the union as part of the state's … paying money to their unions when their current … more

Legislature To Prohibit Courses That Teach Unionization Techniques

Bill would force MSU to change course that teaches union workers how to meddle in business affairs

… not be sites where union officials plan efforts … various techniques for unionizing employees . The … groups of companies for unionization or decertification of a union. Senate Bill … more

Union Time on Your Dime

… spent by taxpayers for union employees to do union work on government time … million hours working for unions while receiving federally … spent by taxpayers on union stewards is up by nearly … more

Some School Districts and Unions Embrace Right-to-Work

Pewamo-Westphalia and Hamilton put worker freedom into union contracts

… a choice to join a union as a condition of their … approved new teachers union contracts before the … to opt out of their union. Hamilton Community … Allegan County. "My union didn t dig their heels … more

Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

Political consultant: Ruling could 'dramatically undermine public sector unions'

… the way government unions are organized. Harris … contested a forced unionization they were subjected … in Michigan. In both unionization schemes, workers … were forced into a union. In Michigan, an affiliate … more

Union President Receives 'Outstanding Organizing' Award For Shutting Down School To Protest Right-to-Work Law

Taylor School District local union staged 'sick-out' forcing 7,500 students to miss school

… gave Taylor teachers' union president Linda Moore … boasted that so many union members took Dec. 11 … they belong. For the union to heap praise on these … the Taylor teachers' union has shown a pattern … more

Court Rules School Districts Cannot Use Public Resources to Withhold Union Dues

School unions now responsible for collecting dues from their own members

… automatically withdraw union dues from paychecks … Association, said a union president whose teachers … MEA to start a local union. "They will have … last year. "Most union members don't think … more

Proposal 2 Is Not Good For Government Union Workers

...or taxpayers, as Illinois shows what can happen when unions get nearly everything they want

… government employee unions. But members of those unions who think this is in … government employee unions. That worked for the unions in the short term, … more

SEIU Election Legitimacy Questioned by Some Union Members

Union president's decision to allow mail-in votes to outgoing home-based caregivers upset some members

… Employees International Union election, the same group … Faville keeps her post as union president. However, … Jolliffi, who is the union's secretary-treasurer, are … of them leaving the union. Tens of thousands of … more

Brighton Union, District Strike Illegal Language from Contract

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation withdraws lawsuit

… contract requiring non-union members to pay a fee … classroom to conduct union business. Brighton … is relieved as a non-union member to no longer … personal against the union or the district, he … more

Taxpayers Pay Twice for Union 'Release Time'

Senate GOP waters down bill, favors select unions

… is extracted to pay union bosses not for their … but for time spent on union business. That s because … councils have signed union labor contracts that … taxpayers to compensate union stewards to do union … more

Health Care Workers Having Trouble Finding Union That Plays Fair

Union member: 'Thank God that Michigan is now a right-to-work state'

… Employees International Union . Employees said union officials had been unresponsive … Michigan, the same union that was behind the … orchestrated the forced unionization of home-based … more

Hazards of Long-Term Union Security Agreements

Unions push for 'insecurity clauses'

… take effect in March, unions primarily representing … will join with the unions and endorse this ploy. The unions are drafting decade-long union security agreements … more

Teachers' Union Wants Lawsuit Moved Out of Court

Lawyer for Taylor union and district administration want state agency to decide contract extension legitimacy issue

… strategy behind the union's legal defense of the … and its teachers' union (the Taylor Federation … school district and union negotiated two separate … a separate 10-year union security agreement. … more

Schools Put Unions Ahead of Teachers on Right-to-Work

'Labor accord' more important than employee freedom

… financially support unions. But that s the exactly … interest of teachers unions ahead of teachers … employees. In a forced unionization state like Michigan, nearly all unionized school employees … more

Did 'Republican Budget Cuts' Lead to a $51.7 Million Deficit and No Toilet Paper in Schools?

Unions and politicians obscured the real problems with Pontiac School District

… Education Association Union President Aimee McKeever … salary. But while the union and politicians were … staffing. The union president was pinning … School Supplies While Union Health Insurance Arm … more

In Pontiac, MEA Local Raises $12K For School Supplies While Union Health Insurance Arm Sues District for $7.8 Million

Union affiliated MESSA got $7.8M judgment against Pontiac School District

… state's largest teachers' union has secured a legal … $16,400 Per Student; Union Blames Lack Of Funding … Areas Michigan Democrat: Teacher Union Leaders Are 'Disconnected' Coverage … more

Right-to-Work States Gain Union Members While Other States Lose Hundreds of Thousands

RTW states added 39,000 members while forced unionism states lost 390,000 members

… increase in the number of union members from 2011 to … increase of 39,000 union members while non-right-to-work … right-to-work states, overall union membership increased … 2,852,000. Michigan saw its union membership drop from … more

University Union Wants Contract Through 2023 To Avoid Right-to-Work Law

Western Michigan University's professors' union trying for 9-year extension

… University's professors' union is trying to get a 9-year … deadline that would give union members the right to … represented by that union into paying dues or … which was verified by union members. It was drafted … more

Students Shut Out of School After District, Union Agree to Unrealistic Contract

Despite deficits, Buena Vista union contract included fully paid health care, pay raises

… agreed to a three-year union contract deal that continued … mismanagement the teachers' union contract plays a large … lucrative teacher's union contract its board had … with the teachers' union to establish dates for … more

Union Electrician and Wife: 'The SEIU Never Did Anything For Us'

Milliron family says they don't think the SEIU should be able to lock its forced unionization into the state constitution

… Employees International Union. She's spent her … Ronnie, and knew that the union could provide nothing … when she noticed that union dues were being deducted … been forced into the unionization scheme orchestrated … more

College Admits Cooperating With Unions To Sidestep Right-to-Work Law

Macomb Community College locks workers into unions; re-opens contract that was approved just four months ago

… clearly spells out that unions suggested having their … cooperate with the unions in that effort. This … Jacobs wrote: "Many unions are asking that public … approached by all our unions, acting through the … more

Right-to-Work Gives Teachers a Choice

Unions aren't the only option if employees want protection

… financially support a union as a condition of employment. Probably … teachers about their union is the amount of money … the largest teachers union in the country, took … Democrats while the union pushes all sorts of … more

Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

Ferndale Public Schools provision could violate state and federal laws

The teachers union contract in Ferndale … American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said she … from the district EA (union) representative, this … percent of public school union contracts in Michigan … more

MEA Says Union Members Should Have Known About Limited Window to Leave

Union officials complain about members who opt out, but still want to represent them; 'sanctity of contracts' claim questioned during Senate testimony

… they can leave the union, an MEA official said … committee Wednesday. However, union members who want to … also serves as the union's director of member … repeatedly referenced the union's website as a comprehensive … more
Indiana union activists

Collective Bargaining Initiative Is About Power, Not Rights

… ability to elect a union in any private or public … who do not want the union and do not like the … employee to support the union financially. Yet … federal courts justify a union bargaining monopoly … more

Union Tries to Shame Ex-Members

MEA affiliate lists the names of school employees who chose to leave the union

… Education Association union in the Upper Peninsula … employees who left the union as part of the state's … environment. The MEA 17-B/C union newsletter listed the … dues or fees to the union and it also listed … more

Unions Rig Proposal 2 Business 'Support' List

Workers trained to coerce, intimidate business owners for their support; ignored some requests

The unions bankrolling and supporting … despite telling the unions "no" and other business … businesses owned by retired union members. If there was no union connection, recruiters … more

School District's Costly Decisions Protect Union Interests

Fruitport school union, board of education, cut deal that pushes more than $240K back on taxpayers

… decisions involving union contracts that cost … approved a teacher union contract that called … 2012-13. If government union school employees paid … critics of government union collective bargaining … more

Right-to-Work Law Would Help Ensure Government Unions Could Not Elect Their Own Bosses

Public employee unions, politicians, bureaucrats and local officials all fight for the status quo

… financially support unions as a condition of employment. The … issue with government unions is that they can use … prudent board member, the union can use teacher dues … campaign of a more union-friendly candidate. And … more

'Worst Fears' of MEA Realized as Teachers Leave

Union president's greatest fear was losing 'thousands' of members — another 5K left in August

… losing thousands of union members. That was after … could opt out of the union. Cook said in the … Bob King who told him unions maintain about 94 to … wanted to leave their union, they had to do so in … more

No Teacher Evaluations On Halloween ... And Other Odd Union Contract Provisions

Lie detector tests and classroom temperature also among the specific details protected in government union contracts

… according to the teachers' union contract, with one … County, the teachers' union contract states that … Schools, the teachers' union contract states that … coach. The teachers' union contract states that … more

Michigan Union Invokes Slavery in Argument Against Right-to-Work Law

Teamsters make claim in court filing

A Michigan union invoked the provision … because members of the union had to work against … will on behalf of non-union members. The union then referred to Article … more

Checking the Facts

Brighton union, district agree with Center on facts

… Schools and the local union have removed illegal … teacher who said the union and district were violating … right-to-work law. The union president for the Brighton … facts. The district and union now agree with the facts … more

Breaking Away from the MEA

… their own independent union. According to … president of the new union, Jim Perialas , teachers … easily. Expect top union officials to lobby teachers … cognizant that big unions cannot defy economic … more

Proposal 2 Power Grab Demands Review of Government Unionism

… employees. When unions were given the privilege … employees. Over time their unions have become arguably … lightly on government union perks and privileges, … response of the government union bosses was the equivalent … more

State Agency Rules That Graduate Student Research Assistants Not Eligible For Unionization

Ruling supports state law signed in 2012 that said GSRAs not public employees

… whether college students can be unionized, the Michigan Employment … Students Against GSRA Unionization. "I'm in this … public employees with union representation would … the group trying to unionize graduate students, … more

MEA Agency Fees Far Exceed Cost of Contract Negotiations

Union spokesman: 'Everything is about money'

… Steve Cook has insulted union members who exercise … by opting out of the union by calling them "freeloaders." But … could resign from the union but they still were … represented by the union in contract negotiations … more

Roadblocks to Reform?: A Review of Union Contracts in Michigan Schools

… survey of teachers union contracts in use in … more

MEA Says 1 Percent of Teachers Have Left Union, But Claim is Questionable

Union's estimate is missing some important context

… 99 percent of his union s membership chose … to stay with their union after right-to-work … questionable is that some union members didn't know … against their local unions and the MEA challenging … more

MEA Testimony: Lower K-12 Spending State Does Better Than Michigan

Comparison contradicts union’s talking points

… Association wandered off the union's message at a Senate … rank highly on the union s complaint list and … contradicted his own union's talking point. Garay … Past MEA Says Union Members Should Have … more

While Helping Out Injured Ex-Wife, Man Forced Into Union

Proposal 4 would ensure that people like Richard Nottage remain unionized public employees

… dues-paying member of a union. "My ex-wife needed … check I noticed it had union dues taken out of it. … suddenly I was in a union." Nottage said … didn't want to be in a union. I couldn't believe … more

The Easiest Way to Fire a Teacher

Not paying union dues can lead to quick dismissal

… she didn't pay her union dues. According … legal. Though teachers unions have fought to keep … teachers who do not pay union dues or fees. The … required to pay the union a "fee" that is the … more

Dropping Union Health Insurance Saves District $737K

MESSA revenue drops $190 million

… also: District Dumps Union Insurance, Saves $450K, … School Supplies While Union Health Insurance Arm … Force District to Drop Union-Connected Health Plan more

School District, Union Working Together To Try To Ban Charter Schools

Prohibitive language written into union contract that says union, district agree not to authorize or open a charter could violate state law

… agreed with its teachers union to prohibit creating … understanding that extended the union contract into 2014, … 2012. School districts and unions can't stop charter … law to negotiate with unions about "the decision … more

Union Bullying Members is Shedding Them: Over 500 People Leave Operating Engineers

Another welcoming people has gained them back

… official from a Michigan union that bullied members … had opted out of the union under the right-to-work … Stockwell said the union had weathered the … had changed. Now, the union official talked about … more

Unionization for the 21st Century: Solutions for the Ailing Labor Movement

For years union membership has been in decline. In 2012 union membership hit the lowest percentage of the American workforce since 1916. The union business model, based largely on industrial organizing efforts from the 1930s, does not appear to carry over well for today’s educated and transient workforce. This study outlines several ideas that unions could embrace that would grow their membership and improve the services workers receive.


Another School Contract Extended To Lock Teachers Into Union Membership

East China agrees to contract forcing employees to pay money to the union

… districts approving new union contracts just days … dues or fees to the union as a condition of employment … contract last Monday and the union ratified it the same … better concessions because of the union's rush to get the contract … more

Commentary: A Milestone for Michigan — Worker Freedom in the 'Big Labor' State

Unions now will have to be accountable to workers to justify the payment of dues

… financially support their union or not. Right-to-work … simply means that a union no longer can get a … them. Despite claims by unions, collective bargaining … will remain the same. Unions still can negotiate … more

Is Silence Golden?

Michigan Governor Gives Tarnished Answers About Day Care Unionization

… talking about the forced unionization of Michigan s … care workers could be unionized. Granholm insisted … obtained e-mails from a union lawyer that suggest … thousands of people were unionized was an added benefit, … more

Big PAC Attack

Union PACs should raise their own money

… that would prohibit unions from using local government … amounts that flow through union PACs are not as huge … those that flow through unions themselves, government union PACs still pack a wallop. According … more

Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues

Right-to-work law allows Wyoming Public Schools to protect employee

… paperwork to join the union. School district officials … didn't have to join the union as a condition of employment … driver to join the union or pay dues. "Many … are compliant with union paperwork requirements," … more

The Public Employee Union Problem

… focus exclusively on union vs. non-union workplaces. But private-sector unionization is much different … Act, private-sector unions are allowed to extract … more
Union strike

Wayne State's 'Wholly Owned Subsidiary' of Big Labor

… "labor researchers and union staff to document cases … large organized labor unions. These ordinances are … for public employee unions trying to defeat privatization , … to help assist local unions in " political education ." … more

County's Rush to Approve New Union Contracts Could Prove Futile

Washtenaw County approved contracts with 15 unions but did not do actuarial analyses

… 10-year contracts with 15 unions to beat a March 27 … right-to-work law. The union contracts allowed Washtenaw … laws regarding the new union contracts. ~~~~~ See … Forcing Teachers To Pay Union School … more

Union President Blames State, School Officials for Problems at Buena Vista, Pontiac Schools

MEA President Cook turns a blind eye to union's role in districts problems

… local school boards and unions. In Pontiac, … local school board and union negotiated a contract … three-year teachers' union contract in 2011 … didn't consider the union's role in the financial … more

Union Steward Paid $100K By Taxpayers Attends Rally Advocating Against Them

It’s Easy To Attend Rallies When You're Paid

… School District local union drew a parallel to the … Hitler. We must close union offices, confiscate … taxpayers to represent the union full-time. As Michigan … teacher to work for the union. That's the perk of … more

MEA Sends Collections Agency After Another Member Trying To Leave

School employee: 'I am extremely frustrated and angry about the time I have to expend fighting the union for my freedom from harassment'

… believe she had to join a union and pay dues as a condition … to stop paying the union she would only be allowed … deadline to opt out of union membership," O Neil … worse, she said, is the union sent her that email … more

Union Intimidation List Back Up

Hurley Medical Center officials disavow responsibility for the list being reposted

… opted out of their union has been reposted at … intimidation tactic by the union. An AFSCME executive … reminder to other union members. But the … more to prevent the union from harassing them. "I … more

Union Leader Claims Government Entities 'Falsifying' Financial Problems

… opts to drop out of his union via Michigan's right-to-work … goes on to say the union demands independent … more

MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees

Union says 7,000 not paying; MEA members can leave the union only during month of August

… state's largest teachers union begins. Thousands … dues or fees from the union despite promises by … dues or fees to the union. This comes three months … officially resign from the union. "We are expecting … more

Right-to-Work: What Now for Schools?

… financially supporting unions, making it a right-to-work … may no longer sign union contracts that contain union security clauses agreements … to fire or extract union dues from non-union … more

'We'll Be At Your Daughter's Soccer Game!'

Union protest speaker tells governor that union members will 'visit you' everywhere over right-to-work bill

LANSING A speaker at a union protest against right-to-work … group of thousands of union workers. After his promises … speeches. It appears that union protesters would have … to Work vs. Forced Unionization States Michigan … more

University Staff Breaks Away From Michigan Education Association

Grand Valley State University vote means union loses another bargaining unit

… Association and form its own union. According to the … favor of an independent union, known as the Alliance … form an independent union will save members considerable … August and whether the union tried to hide that information … more

Law Judge To Hear Unfair Labor Practice Complaints Against MEA

Union limits information and dates available to teachers who want to leave

… can only leave the union during a limited window … Commission to get out of the union. At the hearing … who want to leave the union as part of the state's … members. However, the union only informs members … more

Attorney: Taylor District Violated Contract Law to Lock In 10-Year Union Agreement

Union 'security clause' forces teachers to pay dues or fees for a decade as a condition of employment

… Schools and its faculty union might have bypassed … went into effect, the union and school district seemed … between the district and union, under which Taylor … be required to pay union dues and fees until … more

Lawsuit Filed Against Teamsters For Extra Fee Imposed On Right-to-Work Employees

Lawyer: Price of union monopoly 'is that they have to represent all workers equally'

… four former Teamsters union workers who say charging … opted out of paying union dues to file a grievance, … first one out of the union. "They really weren't … very active in the union," she said. "And by … more

Dexter Bus Drivers Dump International Union

School employees form local bargaining unit

A new union was born recently in … Association. The new union is part of a growing … that of local-only unions. What makes many of these new unions special is that they … more

Union Rewards Teachers With Days Off For Giving Money To Union PAC

Superintendent condemns practice; GOP lawyer says it's illegal

… Education Association union says it rewards teachers … contribution if the union was giving its personal … personal days." REA Union President Suzy Clements … are in the teacher's union contract and are allowed … more

Michigan Ain't Wisconsin, But Their Teachers Unions Share a Playbook

… pick a fight with unions . Yet when it comes … government employee union collective bargaining … both states, teachers unions run their own health insurance … the insurance with a union label. Both unions relentlessly pressure … more

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