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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Big Labor's massive resistance to right-to-work laws harms employees -- By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Photo - MEA President Steve Cook announced earlier this month that 99 percent of his union's members had not taken advantage of the Wolverine State's newly passed right-to-work law, but the union only allows members to opt out of membership during the month of August. (Photo: Thinkstock)After 35 years of teaching, Ray Arthur decided he would make the current school year his last and retire at the end.

So he sent the Michigan Education Association a letter in September requesting they drop him as a member. He didn’t see much point in staying since he was, by then, a short-timer.

Arthur then learned that MEA only accepted such requests during the month of August. Nobody in the union had told him this beforehand.
"They said they were not legally required to tell us about [it]," Arthur explained to me.

It is a common problem in new right-to-work states. While the laws prohibit people from being required to join a union to get or keep a job, implementing the laws is typically left up to the unions themselves.

They don't make it easy for the workers trying to exercise their rights. Unions have no incentive to make it easy, since the laws can mean the loss of members, draining their coffers.

So union leaders have developed several inventive obstruction tactics. They appear to work, too. MEA President Steve Cook, for example, announced earlier this month that 99 percent of his union’s members had not taken advantage of the Wolverine State’s newly passed law.

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