MEA drops case against Coopersville teacher who left union

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan teacher appears to be off the hook for not paying her union dues.

The Michigan Education Association has dropped its fight against two teachers who resigned from the union under Michigan's new Right to Work law.

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One of the teachers is Miriam Chanski from Coopersville. The MEA contended she did not follow procedures and missed the deadline to quit the union. The MEA then threatened to turn her over to a collection agency for not paying union dues, possibly ruining her credit.

MEA officials declined to say exactly why they changed their minds, other than to say there were extenuating circumstances in Chanski's case.

A spokesperson says they will continue to go after other teachers who have refused to pay dues and believe the policy will eventually be affirmed by the state.


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