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Don't force teachers to pay dues

The recent news that the Maryland State Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, is pressing for the Maryland General Assembly to pass a law to forcibly collect dues from teachers statewide who wish not to join it is tragic.

These types of laws exist in some other states, but the number is dwindling. Indiana and Michigan, in the past two years, have passed laws freeing workers from the shackles of forced unionism, and they join the ranks of a total of 24 right-to-work states.

The unions and their sycophants use flowery language to make compulsory unionism sound reasonable to the public, but the truth is evident.

Fortunately, their attempts to make the last 17,500 employees who choose not to be union members pay these dues points to their failures — the only way they can continue to exist is by using the law to extract dues from the other employees.

No man or woman, teacher or plumber, grocery bagger or construction worker should ever be compelled by law to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Patrick McGrady, Aberdeen

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