Teachers not in TABCO may have to pay dues

March 11, 1995|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

If the Teachers Association of Baltimore County gets its way, teachers and guidance counselors who refuse to join the union will have to pay partial dues.

TABCO wants teachers who are not members, but who benefit from union efforts, to be forced to pay an "agency fee."

"It's an issue of fairness," said TABCO President Ray Suarez.

He said nonmembers benefit from the union's negotiations with the school board and by receiving services and information, and should pay something.

County School Superintendent Stuart Berger and the school board oppose the measure, House Bill 1126, which was debated yesterday before the county's House delegation. The legislators will vote on it Friday. If the bill is approved, it will go to the full House of Delegates.

Board Vice President Calvin Disney told legislators that charging non-TABCO members an estimated $400 annual agency fee would hurt efforts to hire the best teachers.

Harford, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel counties do not charge such fees. The proposed legislation would not impose a specific fee, but would give TABCO the right to negotiate each year on whether a fee would be charged and how much. Mr. Suarez said it probably would be 80 percent to 90 percent of the $450 annual dues.

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