Skip to comments.Trio Fights Michigan Union
Posted on 04/28/2014 6:03:58 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
A trio of Michigan public school teachers is actually fighting with their union. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation brought a suit on behalf of Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz and Nancy Rhatigan, who were forced to continue paying dues or fees to their union or face being fired, Derk Wilcox reported in the March/April 2014 issue of the Mackinac Centers report. This status would have lasted for the next 10 years under the unions insecurity clause a dubious collective bargaining agreement hastily enacted on the eve of the right-to-work law [in Michigan] taking effect.
When the lawsuit was heard in the Wayne County Circuit Court, the judge there agreed with the union and said that these claims had to be heard at MERC [the Michigan Employment Relations Commission]. The teachers have appealed that court ruling, and the teachers also brought their claims to MERC, where the union promptly argued that MERC didnt have the proper authority to hear it either.
It is a Catch-22. Employees who are deprived of their rights cant bring their claim here, and they cant bring it there. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation has run into this ruse before when it challenged the stealth unionizations of home-based daycare providers and home-based caregivers.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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Unions are organizations of thugs (and unwilling members forced to pay protection money to the thugs), led by thugs. Resisting unions “by any means necessary” is completely ethical and in fact a moral responsibility. These people are evil, and the victims need to bring as much attention as possible to the evil of those thugs in the news media (TV and print), in front of their luxurious offices, in front of the union thugs’ homes, by encouraging decent people to shun the children of union thugs, and in every other imaginable venue.