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MEA Chief: 1 Percent Of Members Not Paying Union Dues

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LANSING, Mich. - The chief of Michigan's largest teachers union says about 1 percent of its 150,000 members have stopped paying dues in response to the state's Right-to-Work law.

Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook said Friday during a taping of WKAR-TV's "Off the Record" that local and state leaders have succeeded in retaining most of the group's membership.

"I think it means this association is not nearly as weak and impotent as some would, inside the association and outside the association would have us believe. I think the association has tremendous value from its members and that's why most stayed with us," Said Cook.

Michigan's six-month-old right-to-work law prohibits forcing most public and all private workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, and applies to labor contracts extended or renewed after late March.

Cook says under association contracts, teachers and other staff in statewide school districts had the option to drop their membership in August.

The Detroit News reported Cook's comments Friday morning.

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