-By Warner Todd Huston
As you may know, in the waning days of 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to pass right-to-work legislation that allow workers the freedom to quit their unions if they so choose. Unions, of course, are wholly against allowing workers the freedoms and liberties that most Americans enjoy.
A memo recently came out written by the Mich. Education Association (MEA) that lays out how they plan to coerce workers into paying dues whether they want to pay or not.
The memo written by Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook to local union presidents that they plan to lock members into a contract despite the right-to-work law. Another is to launch a campaign of intimidation by suing its own members when they want to employ their right to leave the union.
“Members who indicate they wish to resign membership in March, or whenever, will be told they can only do so in August,” Mr. Cook writes in the three-page memo obtained by the West Michigan Policy Forum. “We will use any legal means at our disposal to collect the dues owed under signed membership forms from any members who withhold dues prior to terminating their membership in August for the following fiscal year.”
Well, hello to tyrants, eh? Try Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Also watch for contract negotiations in which union reps sign up members for smaller pay raises and benefits in exchange for a long-term contract. “We’ve looked carefully at this and believe the impact of RTW [right to work] can be blunted through bargaining strategies,” Mr. Cook writes.
This plan, of course, would violate the very spirit of the right to quit a union by claiming members can’t exercise their right whenever they want to.
As the Wall Street Journal writes,
Yet the most revealing news in the Cook memo is how little the union discusses assisting workers so more will voluntarily join unions. Instead the focus is how to continue coercing workers to keep paying dues. No wonder that the percentage of government workers who belong to unions fell last year. The Cook memo is damning proof that the main goal of union leaders is to enhance the power of union leaders, not of workers.