Roscommon teachers leave Michigan Education Association

ROSCOMMON, Mich. – Teachers at Roscommon Area Public Schools voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin to leave the Michigan Education Association, according to TV9&10 News.

The teachers have reorganized into a local union in order to save money on dues, the station reported. The new union, the Roscommon Teacher’s Association, told TV9&10 that the MEA wastes money on union executive salaries.

RTA Interim President James Perialas said that “We’re exercising our right to say, we’re your customer and we’re not buying your product anymore.”

SOURCE: TV9&10 News, “RAPS Teachers Leave State Union,” Sept. 11, 2012
FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “’They Are A Bureaucratic Machine That Got Out of Control,’” Sept. 12, 2012