Michigan teachers’ union to sue Michigan teachers

That should go well, huh?

The president of Michigan’s largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December.

Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013. The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.

“We will use any legal means at our disposal to collect the dues owed under signed membership forms from any members who withhold dues prior to terminating their membership in August,” Cook wrote.

The tone of the message shocked labor reform activists.

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4 Responses to Michigan teachers’ union to sue Michigan teachers

  1. Rockheim says:

    And thus the snake begins to consume itself… I’ve always maintained that Union membership should be voluntary. The unions, on the other hand, hate that because nobody but the most brain addled zealots would remain in the union.

    Unions had their day. They used to represent the workers. They made great advancements in workplace safety and fairness. Good for them. Full credit where it’s due. However. That ship has sailed. The deeds done. The wrongs have been righted.
    Now the unions serve one thing and one thing alone. Their own interest. And that is the interest of the UNION. Not the interests of the membership. Not the welfare of the workers. The interests of the UNION and the union alone.

  2. Greg B says:

    Absolutely right, Rock.
    Rats in a cage.

  3. Rich says:

    “The tone of the message shocked labor reform activists.”

    I’m shocked, shocked, that union thugs are … well … thugs.

    Too delicious for words.