Here's the story of the local union in Illinois which became an "independent" despite threats and harassment from the state union.
The vote came after the members of CEA determined that they were no longer happy with the representation and services they were receiving from IEA. After an initial vote in November, the teachers in the local association were subsequently harassed by the IEA, being told falsely that they would lose their current contracts if they were to decertify.
"We really felt that the IEA and the NEA were not organizations out to represent the best interests of teachers," said Debra Goins, President of the CEA and a teacher at Century Elementary School. "We all felt we should have the right to choose to affiliate or not, without being harassed, bullied, lied to and intimidated."
How good can an organization be, if it can keep members only by intimidation and harassment?