After Michigan adopted right-to-work legislation last December, the state’s largest teachers union has instructed its officials to sue their own members for dues. As conservatives have long known, unions are about power, not workers’ rights. This development is a prime example of that fact.
Bill McMorris of The Washington Free Beacon wrote on January 23 that:
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.