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Forced Union Dues at Risk
posted by: Cindy Omlin | July 01, 2015, 08:07 PM   

Thousands of Washington and Oregon educators who don’t want union representation and don’t want to pay union dues are forced to do so because of state laws made possible by the Supreme Court’s 1977 Abood decision. The Supreme Court signaled this week that it may be prepared to strike down this anti-teacher choice practice once and for all.

Forced unionism and forced dues are serious business for the unions.  These unjust practices have led to exorbitant fees, plundering educators’ paychecks for political cash, and abuse of teachers who don’t fall in line.  In 2010, teachers unions collected $2 billion in union dues.  $1.3 billion of those dues came from states with compulsory unionism.  When I worked for Spokane Schools, my union leader admitted that only 20-30% of my dues were spent on representation.  Washington teacher union dues are double what they run in Idaho, a right to work state where teachers pay $600 instead of $1200 for annual dues.

Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), a union alternative for professionalism and protection, believes that teachers should be able to decide whether union membership is in their best interest or not.  Unions, like other private organizations, should have to earn their members.

We look forward to the Supreme Court overturning the imposition of compulsory union dues when it hears Friedrichs v. CTA.

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