Judge Blocks Law, Allows NCAE Auto Paycheck Withdrawals To Continue

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A judge for now has blocked a new law from taking effect that stops members of North Carolina's leading teacher lobbying group from having their dues removed automatically from paychecks.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner issued a temporary restraining order Monday stopping the law approved late last week by the General Assembly from being enacted. Hours before, the North Carolina Association of Educators sued over the dues check-off law, calling it unconstitutional.

Republicans pushed to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of the bill in an after-midnight meeting after holding another session to consider another vetoed bill involving racial bias and the death penalty.

NCAE President Sheri Strickland said the law was singling out the group. GOP leaders are unhappy with the association's political and lobbying activities in recent years.

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  • by Alfonso Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    Some of the Posters may want to revisit the U.S. History regarding mid night appointments by elective official. Oh, they could have been the ones who slept during civil and US government classes in high school. It seems the Legislative branch of NC government attempted to circumvent NC Constitution by conducting a meeting of this nature. Once, again, some the comments on this site show our educational system may be in crisis if people believe the Legislative acted fairly in this matter. Oh, there is only one "t" in the spelling of Legislative
  • by brian Location: greenville on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    The judge is an idiot. Another liberal trying to circumvent the legistlative process. I wonder how much he's being paid for this one? We need all unions out of NC!!!!!
  • by jack on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    another whimpy judge this really has got to be the dumbest judge in this state and they found him
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    Thankyou young liberal for not posting a fact based post.
  • by Skeeter Location: Raleigh NC on Jan 10, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    What many people are forgetting is that the teacher and administrators in NC are NOT STATE EMPLOYEES! The deducting of NCEA dues was done as a favor to NCEA. The funding for the teachers and administrators is from the STATE and Counties. The teachers have much political power because NCEA can REQUEST that the teachers come to Raleigh to TALK to their legislators, and so substitute teachers are hired to fill the classroom for the MISSING teachers. The new law will require the NCEA to receive the teacher's dues directly from the teachers! Would it not be nice if all unions could not collect their dues through payroll deductions by the employer? This should give the members more voice in how their dues funds were spent!
  • by Crazy Old Man Location: ENC on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    Tax Payer, NCAE is not a "union." The biggest thing they do is advocate for teachers in the legislature, which is something any citizen of this state has the right to do. Teachers need someone pleading their cause in Raleigh, they don't have time to speak for themselves because they are too busy teaching school! The republicans are going to have to realize they will get what they pay for--they are going to have to pay teachers and other state employees for that matter a decent salary and halfway treat them like people instead of like property. They would also hold a lot more trust and credibility if they pulled stunts like this during regular business hours instead of in the middle of the night.
  • by Tax payer Location: ENC on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    I am so disgusted with the Dems...and so tired of hearing teachers whine. This is a right to work state, not a union state. Get over yourselves and just get to work...like the rest of us!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:47 PM
    another panty watse judge
  • by GVegas24 Location: Greenville on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    Just a bump in the road, this case will get sent up the ladder and eventually allowed to go into effect. Don't get me wrong, education is important and the states Teachers do not make what they should, but groups like the NCAE are corrupt and waste money instead of using as they claim they do. Like it or not, we are riding a political wave of change and come November the Republicans will most likely be in charge of all of it.
  • by public educator Location: ENC on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    I am a teacher in a local public school. I am conservative and tend to vote republican. I am also a member of NCAE and DKG. The republicans are beginning to make enemies out of people like me...
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