Proposed Maryland Bill: Non Union Teachers Forced To Pay Union Dues…..

Via GWP
undefined(Washington Examiner)  Maryland’s largest teachers union wants school employees who aren’t members of a union to pay union fees.

Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery County, will introduce a bill on behalf of the Maryland State Education Association to require nonunion educators to pay a so-called fair share fee to unions equivalent to about 68 percent of the local dues.

Under Maryland law, local teachers unions are required to negotiate contracts that cover all educators, whether or not they are members of the union. They also must represent nonunion educators in grievances.

Association spokesman Adam Mendelson said the bill wouldn’t force people to join the union, just require them to help pay for the union benefits they receive.

“All school employees benefit from those services, but there’s not a companion or complementary law for fair share that requires all employees to contribute to those benefits they enjoy,” Mendelson said.

Ten local school boards already require nonunion educators to pay union fees: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Garrett and Howard counties, as well as Baltimore City. Those jurisdictions pay the fee to local, state and national unions.

Mendelson said educators who are already covered under a fair share agreement will continue to pay their current fees and would not have to pay twice.  (read more)

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8 Responses to Proposed Maryland Bill: Non Union Teachers Forced To Pay Union Dues…..

  1. LouDaJew says:

    the Unions don’t protect employees as much as people believe. the school system could care less about if you’re a member or not. it’s also very difficult to get out. send a certified letter with your reasons plus meeting with a Union rep face to face explaining your reasons. to get in you just sign a piece of paper. big scam IMO.

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    • LouDaJew says:

      it’s not like the old days of Harlan County, USA. very interesting movie for those on either side of the fence with organized labor. I do wholeheartedly agree with labor unions for coal miners. their jobs are very dangerous, and most die of black lung. I’m not sure of many teachers that experience black lung. it’s just a place where minorities can sit on their big rumps and stay lazy.

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  2. yadent says:

    Was a ‘fair share’ payer while employed by the State of California. Had to pay close to 90% of member union dues but had no vote or say so in all things union. Finally joined in order to become a pain-in-the-butt. My union was essentially a waste.

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  3. mcfyre2012 says:

    Public-sector unions are a huge scam to the tax-payers…and I do include police and firefighter unions to boot.

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  4. Chip Bennett says:

    A legally binding contract requires the existence of privity among all parties. A non-union teacher may receive wages and benefits as negotiated by the union, but that non-union teacher had no part in negotiating or agreeing to the contract between the labor union and the school. Thus, the non-union teacher is not privy to that contract, and a so-called “fair-share” fee is nothing more than a punitive, wealth-redistribution tax collected by the state and paid to the union.

    But, if you choose to live in the People’s Republic of Maryland; well, to a large degree, you get what you’ve asked for.

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  5. Sentenza says:

    Public sector unions are a huge scam to their members…

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