Suit Filed Over Ala. Teachers' Dues Law

Suit filed over Ala. teachers' dues law

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Education Association has
filed a federal lawsuit aimed at undoing a law that makes it more
difficult for the group to collect membership dues.

The law approved by a Republican-led Legislature blocks teachers
and school employees from having the state automatically deduct AEA
membership dues from their paychecks. The law is set to take effect
March 20.

AEA filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Huntsville, saying
the law serves no legitimate government interest and that AEA was
singled out.

The lawsuit targets the Madison, Madison County and Huntsville
school boards and also names as defendants Gov. Robert Bentley,
state Superintendent Joe Morton and other officials.

Bentley's office did not respond to a request for comment.
Members of the school boards declined to talk about the suit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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