In a 2 to 1 decision today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Michigan Public Schools may no longer use payroll deduction for union dues, upholding the constitutionality of Public Act 53 of 2012 which had been challenged by teacher’s unions. Last June, a U.S. District Court had issued an injunction on enforcement of the law, which was challenged by Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Coupled with Right-to-Work, this is a major blow to public educators in particular as the law applies only to public school unions. Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook responded with the following:
“Banning payroll deduction of dues only for school employees is clearly an attack on the First Amendment rights of our members and retaliation for our activism in fighting the right-wing, anti-public education agenda.”
This attack on teacher’s unions certainly begs the question…why are other organizations still permitted to use payroll deduction in public schools– for example United Way?
Amy Kerr Hardin