Petoskey Teacher Joins Lawsuit Against Teachers Union

Oct 21, 2013

A teacher from Petoskey has joined a lawsuit against the state's largest teachers union. It's been filed by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy on behalf of eight Michigan public school teachers.

Ray Arthur wants to stop paying union dues. He says he was never given any information about how to opt out of the Michigan Education Association and in September he was told he missed the August window to do so.

"When I called their hotline they said they weren't legally  required to get that opt out date to anybody and they also told me it's be awfully expensive to do that but they sure got all the information out about how to pay your dues," he says.

Arthur says the new Right to Work law in Michigan doesn't limit the chance to opt out of union membership to one month.

He teaches physical education at Petoskey High School.

No one from the MEA was available for comment.

The MEA has claimed 99 percent of its members have chosen to remain in the union.