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Old 05-23-2013, 03:24 PM
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ROSCOMMON, Mich. – Roscommon Area Public School teachers decided that efficiency and their students were more important than their loyalty to the Michigan Education Association when they decided to leave the parent union last year.

Roscommon teachers became the first in years to decertify from the MEA and recertify as a local union – the Roscommon Teachers Association – by a vote of 42-22.

But the change did not come easily.

For decades the MEA has used scare tactics on public school teachers to maintain their membership and their dues money, and for decades the strategy has worked very well.

It worked on two different occasions in the past when Roscommon teachers tried to break away. Supporters of such a move thought they had the necessary votes 10 years ago, but MEA officials met with Roscommon teachers and convinced them that leaving was a bad option.

“It’s like this big comfy pillow (teachers) sleep on, the MEA. What people don’t really realize is that you can get another comfy pillow for half the cost, but the MEA has people believing that they are the sole provider of labor union benefits,” said Jim Perialas, president of the new RTA.

Perialas served as Roscommon’s chief negotiator with the MEA for nearly 20 years, and has seen how the bureaucratic organization fails to meet the needs of rank-and-file members.

What really put Roscommon teachers over the top was when they found out “the MEA had around a $50 fee they were going to tack on to everybody’s union dues to help fund the ‘underfunded’ pensions of the MEA executives,” Perialas said.

The fee was not voluntary.


The MEA claims that most dues revenue goes toward teacher liability insurance, litigation insurance, negotiation services, and political lobbying. This sounds nice, but are teachers really getting their money’s worth?

“The only area the MEA actually provided a perceived benefit was in the political arena. They spent millions of dollars of teachers’ dues, combating the legislature and governor, and a failed ballot proposal (to put union rights in the state constitution). This was an epic failure, and a waste of money,” Perialas said.

Perialas said that Roscommon teachers often negotiated their own contracts anyway, and the few times the MEA helped it only offered non-substantive assistance.

Perialas told EAGnews, “If you are asking for examples of ineffective negotiations (on the part of the union), I would say they didn’t provide any real negotiation services, so it couldn’t have been ineffective. It was just non-existent.”

In reality, the MEA is too large and does not have the capacity to effectively negotiate contracts at the local level, Perialas said. Lansing-based negotiators and MEA executives do not have a vested interest of knowing the issues of every school district.
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Hope this catches on.....
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Default Re: Leader says independent union in Roscommon, Michigan school district is doing fin

That is the way unions are supposed to work! Evidently these people attend meetings and think for themselves.
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Yep, pretty soon they will realize they don't need a union at all.
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Yep, pretty soon they will realize they don't need a union at all.
why do you strive to blunt people's rights?
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why do you strive to blunt people's rights?
Not joining a union doesn't blunt your rights it elevates them to your performance level.

It puts you on a one on one relationship with your employer where your individual skills can be showcased for maximum achievement and reward.

Joining a union simply puts you in the middle of the pack with no amount of effort or skill able to shine through. It's like settling for the path of least resistance and least reward. And that only holds true until the union is negotiating for people that aren't qualified to be there in the first place.

I enjoy competition. I like seeing people win and excel in their lives. I have a huge respect for those that come in second or third based on what they did their best to achieve and I like seeing them step up and improve themselves to the highest levels of success.

I don't like people that group together to make the lower performers equal to the best due to averaging an entire group. I find that pretty pathetic.

You don't have any rights in a union. You only have the rights they negotiated taking your skills into account and averaging them with the piss poor that shouldn't even have that job.
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