Statement from MEA President Cook on passage of HB 4929 (ban on payroll deduction of dues)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook:

“Today the Michigan Legislature continued its assault on collective bargaining rights, passing legislation to prohibit school employees from paying their union dues through payroll deduction. This is a practice that has been used for years and is outlined in local collective bargaining agreements.  It is yet another case where lawmakers are restricting the rights of school employees and interfering in local control.

“I simply don’t believe that it is coincidence that this legislation, which has sat for months in the Senate, passed one day after a coalition of workers stood up for themselves and launched a petition drive to place a constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining on the November ballot.  It is blatant retaliation against one group of workers who insist on standing up, making their voices heard and fighting back against the attacks on collective bargaining, public education and the middle class.

“This legislation serves no purpose except to punish school employees and the unions that represent them.  It creates no jobs, saves no money for school districts, and does nothing to improve education.  It is a mean spirited political attack by Republican legislative leadership seeking retribution against those who politically oppose them.

“I strongly urge Governor Snyder to reject this political attack and veto House Bill 4929.”       

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