Teachers Taste Right to Work Freedom in Michigan


Teachers in Michigan are enjoying the freedom brought by the Right to Work Law passed in 2012. Tim Skubick has the story on wlns.com.

The Michigan Education Association is bleeding membership among both teachers and staff but the union says it can’t determine how much of that is related to the state’s Right to Work law.

The union was at one time one of the most powerful in the state.

Political insiders in this town once considered the Michigan Education Association to be one of the 800-pound gorillas on the political scene.

That is not the case any more and the numbers tell the story.

In 2005 there were 92,000 teachers in the classroom.

In 2012 there were 84,000, in 2016 there were 68,900, a loss of over 24,000 teachers.

And there’s been a 35 percent drop in support personnel who were in the union.

During the first year after the legislature passed the Right to Work law that unions opposed, the MEA reports it lost 1,000 members but now, the union president reports she does not know what the number is.