Figures. Maryland’s Teachers Union Wants Non-Members to Pay Union Dues

You may not be a member but they still want your money.

Maryland’s largest teachers union wants non-members to pay union dues.
The Examiner reported:

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.

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  • Bigkahuna

    Thug nation. If they pay the dues it should go to a homeless shelter or to buy school supplies. Forced theft is what it is.

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  • Robodog7

    At least they all have signs identifying themselves as NUTS.

  • NeoKong

    “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.”

    How is forcing somebody to pay dues not making them join a union…?

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  • Lim Lynn

    I can smell Socialist Democrat Commie Saul Alinsky influence Teacher Unions to force non members to pay Union fees. Unless they [non members] ignore them and this issue will disappear in a few days.

  • RedBeard

    As a young man I worked in a “Modified Shop” state. Workers didn’t have to join the union, but they still had union dues withheld from their paychecks. Neat system for the union thug bosses. They didn’t even have to send their bent-nose bag men around to collect the extortion money. They could just sit back, put their feet up, light a stogie, and let the cash flow automatically into their bank account.

    Good luck, Maryland taxpayers.

  • Ronnie James Diode

    Gotta keep the Democrat money laundering operation moving.

  • YourMaster

    the unions should pay dues to a business… for allowing them to work there.
    ….and to go into that 0bamacare coverage… and when they complain about it

    say don’t blame us… it was the dem supermajority that passed the healthcare bill
    you don’t want to pay dues for your coverage… get it repealed SUCKERS!

    make it a steep tax like $700 for the unions… and make it cheaper or free for everyone else who isn’t part of a union.

  • Earthmover

    Lets start a “union” for all the rest of society thats not a federal employee, teacher,
    firefighter, or auto worker for the sole purpose of supporting conservative causes.
    Of course I want to have full medical, dental, paid vacay, and retire at 50 with 90
    percent of my bloated income because I worked overtime for a summer.

  • Servo1969

    “Hey, you! Fund our pensions!”

  • Adam_ME

    Sounds like taxation without representation. Since these are so-called educators pushing for this, I assume they’re aware of what happened 2 1/2 centuries ago when England attempted to do that to the colonists here.

  • Ragspierre

    I dunno how to say this differently…

    living in Maryland seems an act of stupidity.

  • FMB42

    Obama will probably offer his support and/or issue yet another “executive order” in favor of his beloved mobions (that he bribes/buys with our money).

  • Palace_Gypsy

    Ok, let them have this issue, and attach a rider to it that the “fee” doesn’t come out of their paycheck, the have to write a check to the union from their own account.

  • mamagriz1968

    This is not uncommon. I taught in IL for 7 years and didn’t want to join the union but was then told they would take these so-called “fair share” dues even if I didn’t join. I figured if they were going to take my money anyway, I’d join so I had a vote. The union never did anything worthwhile for the teachers while I was there and everyone resented the president of the local, no matter who it was.

  • walknot

    I understand thier position and to an extent agree that if the union has to do something for you by law, then they should get paid for their efforts. Problem is, those fees are used in a way the fees payer doesn’t agree. The only solution is for unions to be free of having to negotiate for or represent non-union member.

    Lets see how long the unions will put up with non-union members making better salary or getting better benefits based on performance/effort. Of course, the same could be said for those who wish to break from the union, perhaps they will make less…but isn’t that up to the individule to decide?

    I am curious to see where this little social experiment takes us.

  • Amash

    I live in MD and am embarrassed to say that. We plan on getting out of this state as soon as my husband retires. Just a warning here: our governor, OweMalley, is like Juggers on steroids. He plans on running for president in 2016. Like all demented democrats, he actually believes he’s been a great governor. He only gets elected because the entire state (almost) is democrats. Lots of voters who are told who to vote for so they do. Sounds like someone in the WH. This clown held a special session last year just to raise taxes. Wind turbines in southern Maryland that have been proven not to work so what does he do? Wnt more of them. I could go on and on.

  • Freddy

    Clearly we now have COMMUNIST leaning states.

    At what point will Maryland leave the union to become the socialist state these unions are demanding?

  • BuddyG

    Look for the union label

    When you are trying to work in their house

  • David

    I live in Maryland and have a 15 month old, my wife and I have discussed how we can make absolutely certain our child is never part of the “public” education system, either if we will home school or private school, puts a big hurt on the wallet but my child’s education is more important. Sick and tired of BAD teachers demanding more money from the parents of the children they teach, we also have a friend who is a teacher and from the things she has told us about the restraints that are put on the teachers as far as how to teach is probably the worst of it, good teachers get punished for bad teachers…time to end the system

  • nate

    quit giving the non-union members the proveledges of union members, problem solved. Let unions bargain for a one size fits all, and let non union members bargain individually on merit.

  • Dennis Gill

    I am amazed no one has contacted the ACLU. This is unconstitutional! it’s like organized crime moved into the teachers union. This maybe a violation of the rico act as well.what happened to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.?

  • OR, they just stop representing non-union people. That law would be more fair.

  • Ragspierre

    “Union only” contracts are common in private-sector labor.

    ‘Course, that would NOT be considered by these Collectivist thugs.

  • SeniorD

    And to think the Maryland State Motto is “The Free State”

  • MT Geoff

    My sweetheart was impressed (look up Royal Navy) unto the Service Workers United branch of the SEIU when they organized Sodexho here by card check. The union also sued to prevent a count of the ballots when the workers voted. We are angry over the whole thing, but especially the “closed shop” under Montana law because, of all unions, the SEIU is the most detestable. And getting that trophy from the Teamsters was quite a task.

  • Patty

    When pigs fly!!

  • flyover

    Am I reading their signs incorrectly? “Nut” fair? They can’t spell the word not?

  • Sparkchaser888

    It’s called the Rider Effect, non-union employees receiving union benefits while not supporting the union. Liberals feel the same way about it as conservatives would feel about a black woman popping out 15 kids and then saying she has to live on welfare because she can’t afford all her kids. Unions only work if all or a majority of the employees agree to cooperate together in bargaining with an employer. Obviously the more employees that support the union in some way (collective action, fees, etc.) the stronger it is.

  • valerie

    #30 January 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    Sparkchaser888 commented:

    Right-to-work laws keep unions honest. Without them, unions spin completely out of control. With them, the unions truly represent their constituents.

  • RedBeard

    Sparkchaser888, I would suggest that unions should try harder to attract voluntary members, rather than finagling the political system to remove workers’ options. But then, I’m just one of those mean ol’ conservatives who thinks that individual responsibility is a thing of great value, worth preserving.