Miriam Chanski, 24, said 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," she said.
But in July, Chanski said 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," she said.
Now the dispute has erupted into a legal battle because union leaders said 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.
Ottawa County union director Krista Abbot said there is a specific form teachers must fill out to quit the union. That form must be submitted between Aug. 1 and 31. Abbot said the rules are all spelled out in a form teachers sign when they first join the union.
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