LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Republican-led Michigan House has narrowly approved a proposal that would prohibit public schools from automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks.
The House approved the measure Thursday by a 55-53 vote. The measure advances to the Republican-led Senate.READ MORE: A Look Into Cost Of Prescription Drugs Following Passage Of Inflation Reduction Act
Supporters of the bill say it will put more money in teachers’ paychecks, at least up front. Teachers could write checks to unions later to cover their dues.New Federal Rules On Ghost Guns Are Set To Take Effect Next Week
“The teachers union, specifically the Michigan Education Association, have lost their way and public school employees should no longer be forced to join them,” he said.
Opponents say the proposal is another attempt to weaken teachers’ unions and inconvenience teachers in the state. This includes MEA President Steven Cook who called the senator “seriously misguided.” He called the bill a “blatant abuse of legislative authority to dole out political payback.”
Meantime, a separate proposal that could soon come up in the Michigan Legislature would make Michigan a so-called “right to teach” state.MORE NEWS: Science of Weather: Meteotsunami
The Associated Press contributed to this report.