MI teachers union aggressively collects dues, but not on how to opt-out

By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

LANSING — The Michigan Education Association sent out multiple emails informing its members on how to pay dues, but the union didn’t see fit to use its resources to inform members of their right to leave the union.

According to MEA officials, its members can only leave the union if they say they are doing so in writing during the month of August.

“Does MEA have the capacity of telling people about deadlines before deadlines pass?” Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Director Patrick Wright asked MEA Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz at a hearing Wednesday before administrative law judge Julia C. Stern.

Attorney Jeffery Donahue, representing the MEA and the Saginaw Education Association, objected to the question.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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