Over at PE+CO: The Red River Ripoff

Shreveport-area teachers union plays games with members who want to leave

I have a new post up over on PE+CO exposing how Red River United (RRU), the American Federation of Teachers-affiliated union representing educators in Caddo, Bossier, and Red River Parishes in Northwest Louisiana, is using bureaucratic obstacles to prevent members from leaving the organization.

The union is refusing to stop the automatic deductions of monthly dues from three teachers until they come to the Red River United’s offices to provide a so-called “wet signature” in the presence of a union employee.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Janus v. AFSCME, it’s likely that teachers unions across the country will employ these types of tactics to prevent members from dropping out.

You can read the full story here.


Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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