When given a choice, teachers in four out of eleven schools in Racine County, Wisconsin have decided to disband the unions they paid dues into for years.
According to the Journal Times, by a slim majority (of those voting), North Cape School District teachers voted to disband the union.
However, in Yorkville, the vote was unanimous. Out of the 29 teachers who voted, all 29 voted to disband.
Becky Seitz, the former union president, stated:
"In the 30-some years we were part of the (American Federation of Teachers union), we never had to use their services. There were never any grievances that warranted that," Seitz said, explaining teachers found it unnecessary to keep paying monthly dues of about $50 when they weren't using union services anyway. "We really - and I'm going to be honest - never really got much out of it. We've always had a good relationship with our administrators and our board." [Emphasis added.]
Simply put, at $50 per month*, a 30-year teacher paid $18,000 for services that were never used.
- It is likely that the dues were not always $50 per month. Regardless of the actual amount, however, once the freedom to choose was given, the teachers in Yorkville (and NCSD) chose to keep their $600 in their own pocketbooks.
So, how is it that Scott Walker is the bad guy in this?
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Cross-posted at LaborUnionReport.com