Grand Rapids School Board to stop collecting union dues

Tony Tagliavia:

The Grand Rapids Board of Education voted to suspend collecting union dues out of teachers’ paychecks.
The move comes after a mediation session was held Thursday. School officials say that session was unproductive. The board also took a no-confidence vote in Grand Rapids Education Association president Paul Helder.
The dues are now taken out of teachers’ paychecks by the district and forwarded to the union. It amounts to $57,000 every pay period, once every two weeks.
The district continued the practice voluntarily after the old contract expired, but that will end May 30.
Board leadership said they are trying to send a message that union leadership is dysfunctional, in part because the board president said Thursday’s mediation session wasted time repeating the same arguments about the district’s financial condition.