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AEA can no longer collect dues from members paychecks

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - The largest education association in the state of Alabama is being forced to change the way they operate.

The Alabama Education Association can no longer collect dues directly from member's paychecks. This is the result of a state law passed in 2010 that is being enforced the first week of July after a federal legal battle against the law failed.

So what does this mean for the future of the AEA?

The AEA says their mission is to promote educational excellence and serve as the advocate for its members. According to the organizations website the group has about 95,000 members.

When a state law was enforcement this week the AEA is being forced to look at other options to collect dues.

AEA UniServ District 16, which encompasses Tuscaloosa City and County schools, employee William Tunnell said the organization can overcome the obstacle. “We're not going anywhere. I got up their morning and came to work with the sole purpose of supporting my school teachers here in Tuscaloosa and advancing their interest.”

The AEA employee said he hopes the change won't hurt their membership. Tunnell added that in the past the AEA has had alternative options for their members to pay dues and they'll continue to have those options.

The group claims they advocate for their members’ salaries, benefits, needs in the classroom, and they believe that track record is enough to keep their mission going.

“I don't see AEA going anywhere. I also think our members see value in the organization. So the intent of the legislation was to destroy AEA. I don't see that happening because we're just too important to our members and school teachers,” Tunnell concluded.

Because the enforcement is new to the AEA, an official plan on specific ways the group will collect dues has not been released.


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