SCS could face lawsuit over union dues - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SCS could face lawsuit over union dues

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Education Association is gearing up to sue Shelby County Schools if the district does not begin collecting union dues from teachers' pay checks.

More than one month into the school year of the newly merged Memphis and Shelby County Schools, teachers tell Action News 5 that union dues have not been withdrawn from payroll.

Shelby County Education Association President Keith Williams says the district is required to collect union dues by law. This is the first time since the inception of teachers' unions in Memphis and Shelby County that the district did not collect dues from teachers' paychecks.

"Their motive for not doing this is very, very, very suspect," said Williams. "Never before, never before has this been an issue."

Williams said the issue will be taken to court if the issue is not resolved.

"If this doesn't happen, we will file litigation to force it to happen," he said.

Teachers, who do not wish to be identified, feel unsettled that union dues remain uncollected. They fear this will distract the union from fighting for teachers.

"They've given us all of these stories that they're going to do it next time, we're going to take it to the board," said Williams.

Shelby County Board of Education Policy Manual #4005, says union dues should be deducted from employees' paychecks upon proper "written authorization."

"It was the vote teachers took back in May to have this organization represent them," said Williams. "Ninety-five percent of the teachers said they want representation by this association."

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