MSEA Proposes Statewide “Fair Share” Legislation

As described by the Maryland Reporter,  the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) is seeking legislation that will require all teachers statewide to pay union fees, even if they are not members.  Nine counties and Baltimore City already have a version of the “fair share” or “agency fee” rule, but this legislation would make the law statewide.  As reported,

Jurisdictions which currently have fair share include: Baltimore City and Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties. For teachers, those fees annually are about $400 in Howard County and $500 in Anne Arundel County, as examples of fee amounts, Mendelson said. Member fees are less than 1 percent of an educator’s annual salary because of salary percentage weights in the bylaws of the National Education Association and MSEA, and “fair share” fees would be less.

According to the Reporter, the new fee would be about 68% of current union dues, which vary by county.

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