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MEA committee urges Dems to vote in GOP primary

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – A division of the Michigan Education Association’s political action committee, which is funded in part by teachers, is urging its members to cast votes in Michigan’s 47th House District Republican primary even if they consider themselves to be Democrats.
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Michigan teachers contribute to six-figure salaries at the NEA

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LANSING, Mich. – The National Education Association has 361 employees who make $100,000 or more a year, according to documents it filed with the federal government, and it collects $180 a year from each of the teachers who belong to its Michigan affiliate.
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Union surrenders member benefits to keep unenforceable clause in contract

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WYOMING, Mich. – A union representing workers in the Wyoming Public Schools district gave up as much as $12,700 in annual salary and concessions that would have been paid to its members so the union could keep language in the contract that makes the payment of dues or fees mandatory as a condition of employment.
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University administering program on how to unionize employees

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LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University is administering a program called the Building Trades Academy that teaches techniques aimed at unionizing employees. In reaction, state lawmakers are threatening to make cuts to MSU’s appropriations unless the university agrees to make changes.
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