1. All teachers have the right to join or not join the Association. The School will cause to be deducted the Association's dues from the salaries of each teacher who will furnish the proper authorization to make such deductions. The School will forward all deductions to the Association Office on or before the 20th of each calendar month from September through June of each school year. The Association will advise the school in writing as to any changes in the amount of said dues at least thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of any change. All dues and service fee authorizations will be irrevocable for the term of this contract and thereafter, unless the individual teacher will submit in writing his resignation from the Association or revocation of the service fee authorization by certified mail to the Association's office during the period of fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of this contract or succeeding contracts. The Association will notify the school of all resignations.
2. Teachers who do not wish to join the Association will tender a service fee in lieu of membership dues after thirty (30) days of employment. The service fee is an amount equivalent to eighty percent (80%) of the dues. Non-members may designate twenty-five dollars ($25.00) of their service fee to be placed in the Association's Educational Fund in which benefits they may participate.
3. Payment of dues or service fee is a condition of employment of all lay teachers who are members of the bargaining unit. The Association will not request separation from employment of any lay teacher without first making a written request to such teacher for payment, and if payment is refused or withheld for more than thirty (30) days, the Association may evaluate any extenuating circumstances involved in the teacher's refusal to pay the service fee.
After such evaluations the Association may then notify the School with a copy to the teacher requesting the termination of the teacher within thirty (30) days.
Any dispute arising in regard to this matter, including the refusal of the School to dismiss the teacher if requested, will be resolved in the grievance procedure.
4. The Senior Delegate will receive a computer print-out each time union dues and/or service fee are deducted.
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