Hot off the Nashville Post press is the news that a teacher is suing the MNEA because the union won't let her quit the union when SHE wants to quit.
You've got to read the rest. Remember, the story isn't Larry Crain's other clients--it's the fact that MNEA doesn't play well with it's own 'members'. Is this how a professional organization treats it members or is it a protectionist union tactic?
Kristy Carr, a teacher at Haywood Elementary School, filed the lawsuit this week in Davidson County Chancery Court (copy of complaint and attachments available at this link). The legal filings show that she has been trying to quit the union since early in the current school year, but that the MNEA has responded that according to its bylaws, she can only resign during a two-month window of time in April and May of each year.Carr says the union, and the school system that has acted in accord with union policy in the matter by continuing to withhold dues from her paycheck, have violated her rights under Tennessee's Right To Work statute and other provisions of state law.
MNPS needs to default to the current wishes of the employee and immediately stop withholding these dues. The money MNPS will be spending to justify the union's actions will be money not available for the benefit of our children. This expense will only benefit the union.
Page 3 of the complaint says the union requires teachers to quit the union before the end of the school year between April 1 and May 31. Many teachers won't even know then if they'll be working the next year. Seems to me that union membership ought to mirror a teaching contract.
Page 8--it's not just MNEA dues, it's also TEA and NEA dues that were being deducted without Ms. Carr's permission.
Page 11--Attorney Crain has had this run in with MNEA before. Apparently, this time he's got a client willing to fight. Good for her. I hope this is the first of many more.
I'm glad to see someone take up this fight. It's ridiculous that an employee can't control the deductions from their own paycheck and that MNPS is acting as MNEA's agent.
The MNEA alternative is Professional Educators of Tennessee.