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June 08, 2010

Massachusetts Teachers Union Squeezes Former Marine for Dues

As has been mentioned, this is the fight.

A retired U.S. Marine who runs a high school ROTC program in Worcester says he faces the boot for refusing to pay local union dues, leaving the 58-year-old father of two crying foul and school administrators bewildered.

I'm not bewildered.

Major Stephen Godin is a 20-year veteran of the USMC, an F-4 pilot who was deployed five times. He hasn't missed a day of school in 14 years. He's the instructor of North High School's Naval JROTC in Worcester (pronounced WOOSTER WUHSTAH, I heard that once incorrectly, by every damn person). He doesn't get a stipend for after school activities like coaching their drill team. He gets half his salary and all his other benefits from the military.

Sounds like the kind of guy you'd want in your schools, teaching your kids.

But the Massachusetts Teachers Association (or the local I guess) has demanded he either join the union and pay the dues, or cough up a $500 "agency fee" which goes toward the cost of electing Democrats collective bargaining activity.

Either way, they think they're entitled to the money. He contends they don't provide him any benefit, and don't negotiate his salary, so why the hell should he have to pay them?

Because the state legislature rigged it that way, that's why.

tip via Jazz over at H2


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