Teacher Union Plans to Take Dues Even If You Stop Being a Teacher

If my phone calls and e-mails are any indication, everyone wants to know what public sector unions are planning to do if the U.S. Supreme Court bans agency fees. One thing they won’t do is meekly accept their fate.

Last September the Center for the American Experiment got hold of an Education Minnesota membership application and found it tailored for a post-Janus world. It authorized the deduction of dues “irrespective of my membership in the union.”

Apparently this wording got the OK from union lawyers, because now it also appears in the membership application for United Teachers Los Angeles. As part of its “UTLA All-In” campaign, the union wants to get every member - and current agency fee-payer if possible - to recommit to paying dues.

The form states, “This agreement to pay dues shall remain in effect and shall be irrevocable unless I revoke it by sending written notice via U.S. mail to UTLA during the period not less than thirty (30) days and not more than sixty (60) days before the annual anniversary date of this agreement or as otherwise required by law. This agreement shall be automatically renewed from year to year unless I revoke it in writing during the window period, irrespective of my membership in UTLA.”

So a teacher who takes an administrative position, or leaves teaching altogether, and is then ineligible to be a UTLA member, will still be on the hook for dues payments until the next window comes around. God knows what happens if you die before you can revoke the agreement.