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PACking It In

In Michigan, the GOP made it illegal for the teacher unions to collect union dues directly from paychecks because it was "an expensive burden" for school districts to handle it.  (This is a blatant lie--thanks to computerized paychecks, it costs the district literally nothing to deduct union dues and send them to the union. The GOP wants to hurt the union by depriving it of money.)  Union dues have to be collected from individual members.  The GOP also made it illegal to collect political action committee (PAC) money as part of regular dues.  PAC dues have to be done separately--another move to hurt unions, which usually vote Democrat.

Our PAC collection person left this year and we needed a new person.  I volunteered.  I'm the PAC man now.  I get to walk into classrooms with a crowbar and say things like, "Nice overhead projector you have there.  Shame if something happened to it."

Well, I haven't said that to anyone.  Yet.

However, in the spirit of drawing more flies with honey, I thought it would be a good idea to hold a contest.  Perhaps a raffle.  Turn in your PAC money on time, and you're entered into the drawing for a prize.  But what could be the prize?

I have a partner in collection, and I ran the idea past her.  She loved the idea and pointed out that we have a number of premium reserved parking spaces.  We could use one of those for the prize.  That, I agreed, was a perfect idea.  Best part?  It costs nothing!

We cleared it with the administration, and I sent out the notice.  Already I've gotten lots of fat envelopes filled with PAC dues.

Maybe I can put away that crowbar.


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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 7th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
Question: are PAC dues required from all union members? Or is it a voluntary thing?
Mar. 7th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
They used to be required. Now, thanks to the GOP (who is usually on the receiving end of PAC activity), they are voluntary.
Mar. 8th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information. Good to know.
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