Teachers Group Promises Lawsuit Over Veto Vote

North Carolina's largest teacher lobbying group says the Republican-led override of Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto, considered as punishment for the organization, won't weaken its political and issues advocacy.

North Carolina Association of Educators President Sheri Strickland held a news conference Thursday, hours after the House voted in a late-night session to cancel Perdue's veto. The law means group members can no longer have dues deducted directly from teacher paychecks.

Both Perdue and Strickland said Thursday the Legislature acted in a way counter to the state constitution. An association lawyer said the group plans to sue and challenge the new law.

Strickland said there are other ways to collect dues beside automatic deductions and believes the GOP action will only strengthen their membership.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The Republican-led Legislature has overridden Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of a bill that eliminates the ability of North Carolina's largest teachers' group to have dues deducted directly from teacher paychecks.

The House barely got enough votes early Thursday to cancel the Democratic governor's veto, thanks to the absences of some Democratic members and Republican maneuvers. The legislation was designed to target the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Republican leadership used the bill to target the association in part because of its political activities supporting Democrats in the 2010 elections.

The General Assembly initially returned to work Wednesday to consider a Perdue veto that blocked a bill that would eliminate key provisions of the 2009 Racial Justice Act. The Senate overrode that veto, but the House didn't have the votes.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Governor Perdue's office reacted with a press release shortly after the veto override. "The Republicans in the General Assembly didn't have the votes to get what they wanted legally," Perdue said. "So, in the dark of night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab. I am saddened for the people of North Carolina that the Republicans abused their power and chose this destructive path."

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