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3 comments | June 21, 2007 | 11:43 AM | posted by Booker T.

Yesterday, Dori Monson, a talk show host on KIRO Radio, 710 AM, talked about the Davenport victory.

Click HERE to listen to the Davenport segment.

When introducing the topic, Dori said:

“So the liberal Washington State Supreme Court was revealed as being essentially just a judicial arm of the WEA because the U.S. Supreme Court, liberals and conservatives alike, it was a stunning unanimous 9-0 ruling overturned the Washington State Supreme Court edict.”

Dori's guest was a high school teacher from Warden, Washington, Angie Dorman, who was among the 35 teachers who attended the oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on January 10, 2007. Angie is a well-spoken advocate for the teachers who are standing up for their First Amendment rights.

Throughout the course of the interview, Angie described why she is no longer a union member and objects to the union's political use of non-member fees. She also described how her trip to the U.S. Supreme Court affected her perspective of the Court system and the federal government. She said that, as she watched the oral arguments, she though, "Oh my God! People actually represent me! ...Whether we were talking about Souter, Ginsberg, Scalia, Roberts, the whole thing... they were sitting there... and they basically said 'You guys [the Washington Supreme Court and WEA] are way out there.'"

In concluding, Dori stated that the WEA is “...the most destructive force in educating our kids...”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any way for a teacher to object to the automatic deduction the union makes from their check every month. Could I send them a check every month instead?

The Physics Guy.

5:42 PM

Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm not a teacher, however, I think it's time for our educators to fire their corrupt union leaders and start over. The WEA should be for teachers, not political power.

Stephanie T
Vancouver, WA

9:12 AM

Blogger Ryan said...

Thanks for the question Physics Guy. The state Attorney General has already answered your question in AGO 2006 No. 14 - June 19, 2006.

According to an Attorney General Opinion, "State employees are not required to use a payroll deduction system to pay the union fees and dues set forth in RCW 41.80.100, but they may pay separately by personal check or other method so long as they make timely payments in the correct amount... Choosing not to use the payroll deduction method will not result in discharge, but failure to make payments may."

This opinion is based off of RCW 41.80.100, the section covering state agency employees so it should, but may not cover educational employees or other municipal employees. Also, collective bargaining agreements covering these employees may specify that payroll deductions are the only form of dues payment acceptable. Look at your CBA to learn the details.

Here's the url: http://www.atg.wa.gov/opinion.aspx?section=topic&id=3664

10:12 AM


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