The North Carolina legislature has taken a page from the Wisconsin legislature’s playbook and in midnite session voted on an override of the Democrat governor’s veto of a bill which would prohibit the paycheck deduction of union dues.
The veto override removing an automatic payroll deduction for dues that teachers pay to the N.C. Association of Educators came as a surprise end to a special session about the state’s Racial Justice Act. Perdue called the legislature into session, as required by the state constitution, to consider her veto of a bill that basically repealed the act. To consider other matters, the House added a special session for 12:45 a.m. GOP leaders didn’t reveal the potential legislation for consideration until 12:15 a.m. and most lawmakers didn’t know the votes to come.
Strickland [NC teachers union president] said Thursday there were other ways to collect dues besides the check-off method, which began in the late 1990s. She predicted the association would see increased membership from teachers incensed by the Republicans’ latest actions: “We’ll continue to exist and be a strong advocate for children after this is over.”