COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- If she doesn't pay her union dues, a kindergarten teacher says the Michigan Education Association is threatening to turn her over to a collection agency and ruin her credit.
Miriam Chanski, 24, says she informed the MEA in May she was quitting the teachers union, didn't want their representation, and would no longer be paying dues.
"At that point, I thought I was finished and I was out of the union," said Chanski. But in July, Chanski says she received a letter stating there was more to the process of opting out of the union.
"It surprised me that there would be more to the process-- I had not heard anything else," said Chanski.
Now the dispute has erupted into a legal battle because union leaders say the Coopersville kindergarten teacher didn't file the correct paperwork at the proper time meaning she will be in the union for at least another year.