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Kenosha school officials deny automatic union due deductions

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Despite what the teachers' union claims, Kenosha school officials say they will not automatically deduct union dues from employees' paychecks.

The Kenosha Education Association said the automatic dues deductions would be restored a week from Wednesday -- and so would fair share deductions for non-union members who get the benefits of the group's bargaining.

Interim superintendent Joe Mangi told the Kenosha News the school district will not deduct an employee's dues unless it gets written approval from that person. Critics question whether the deductions are legal, since the state's Act 10 bargaining limits banned those automatic payments.

The law has been temporarily suspended in the courts for school and local government unions. And both sides in Kenosha used the window to come up with a new agreement last November.

Teacher dues run about $850 a year, and less for other staffers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)