Governor Baldacci, please note this case from Ohio

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Governor Baldacci, please note this case from Ohio

[b]"Court Strikes Down Ohio Law Forcing Public Employees to
Pay Union Dues Unless They Join Certain Religions[/b]

Teacher union official told educator she must "change religions" if she did not want to pay dues to a union she believes to support immorality

Columbus, OH (June 22, 2007) "” In a victory for employee rights and the freedom of conscience, a St. Marys-area teacher has successfully challenged the constitutionality of a statewide law denying public employees their right to accommodations of religious objections that they have to paying union dues unless the objecting employees belong to certain state-approved religions.

The decision issued by U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost struck down the offending law as a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and permanently enjoined the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB) from further enforcing the law against employees"...

[b]"Adding insult to injury, an OEA union official told Katter that she must "change religions" to receive a religious accommodation before SERB"...[/b].

Full story at: [url]http://www.nrtw.org/b/nr_657.php[/url]

[b][u]Other media coverage:[/u][/b]

- Cybercast News Service
[url=http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200706/NAT200... here[/url]

- The Evening Leader.com
[url=http://www.theeveningleader.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&i... here[/url]

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Governor Baldacci, please note this case from Ohio

Perhaps we can learn from the mistakes of other states... :wink:

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