MI union wants worker fired for not paying dues, despite bus driver shortage


By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

The Wyoming Public Schools needs more bus drivers and district officials say they have “exhausted our options” trying to find new workers.

Yet, a Michigan Education Association UniServ Director asked the district to fire a substitute bus driver because he did not sign paperwork to join the union. School district officials said the bus driver didn’t have to join the union as a condition of employment under the state’s right-to-work law.

In an April 16 email to the district, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, MEA UniServ Director Sandy Paesens asked the district to tell the substitute bus driver that he could no longer be allowed to work for the district “unless he fills out the required paperwork to become a bargaining unit member.”

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.