A conservative, free-market nonprofit group that has encouraged teachers to consider dropping their union membership is expanding its outreach strategy, partnering with think tanks in California and four other states.
The Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy launched its national “My Pay, My Say” campaign after the Supreme Court handed down its decision earlier this year in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, which prevented public-employee unions from collecting fees from non-members.
Through the outreach project, the Mackinac Center sent emails to teachers and other public employees, explaining that they would no longer have to pay “agency” fees if they ended their union memberships.
The organization announced a partnership with the California Policy Center, a right-wing think tank, to coordinate outreach efforts there, and is also working with other conservative think tanks and advocacy groups in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
A version of this article appeared in the October 24, 2018 edition of Education Week as Conservative Group Expands Push to Get Teachers to Leave Their Unions