As Caesar is to have said, "The die is cast."
Given the information at this National Right to Work web site, I will shortly be resigning from SJTA/CTA/NEA.
If I could remain a member of SJTA and resign only from the CTA and NEA, I would do that. In fact, that would be my preference. However, SJTA requires that I either join all three or resign from all three. This is unfortunate.
Since I will still be paying several hundred dollars a year to these unions in "agency fee payer" fees, I'd like to know specifically which union privileges and protections I'll keep and which I'll be giving up. Examples of these privileges and protections that I'm interested in include, but are not limited to,
a) voting on contractsIn other words, I'm asking about what I'll be getting for my $700/year and what I'll be giving up for my $300/year. I'd appreciate it if you could get this information for me from SJTA and provide it to me at your (relatively) earliest convenience.
b) voting on union officers
c) participating in union meetings
d) legal representation during disciplinary hearings
e) local union representation during disciplinary or other contract-violation meetings/hearings
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Driving to work today, I began to feel it's hypocritical of me to remain a union member when I complain so much about how they abuse my mandatory dues money and spend it on political causes that I don't support. Accordingly, I sent the following email to my union rep today: