I write in support of Steve O’Ban, 28th Legislative District candidate.
I have been a public school teacher for 19 years. Public school teachers have to pay union dues of between $700 and $1,000 per year to the National Education Association (NEA), the Washington Education Association (WEA), area Uniserve Councils and a local associations.
My local association works tirelessly for me advocating for a great workplace environment and negotiating contracts with the school district. Though I support my local union, I do not see eye-to-eye with the political agenda of the NEA and WEA.
Naturally, I do not want my wages in the form of union dues used for political causes that I oppose. However, I can’t just be a member of my local, I have to belong to the WEA and NEA, too. So I chose not to be a union member and I pay my fair share of the collective bargaining costs through an “agency fee.”
Despite not being a member of the WEA and NEA, they used my agency fee for their politics without my permission in violation of the law. O’Ban is representing me and thousands of others, and we won a big case in the U.S. Supreme Court. The WEA has had to repay us and pay penalties of $1.1 million. Because O’Ban is taking on this critical issue for me and many other teachers, he can count on my vote.