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Celebrate Labor Day by Telling Your Friends About Employee Freedom Janus-Style. And Join Us on Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day this year than telling every public employee you know about the Janus case. The second best way to celebrate is to to register for the Center's celebration of the Janus victory with Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs, the brave public employees who demanded that the Supreme Court restore their full First Amendment rights. They will be here in person on Constitution Day (Monday, September 17) to tell us their story. ...

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Big news: New Mexico acts to protect first amendment rights of state employees following Janus

New Mexico has stopped deducting dues from union members in cases where the state is not sure if an employee has agreed to dues deduction. The state required new membership cards to continue the dues deduction. Why aren't Minnesota's public employers doing the same? ...

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Teachers and ESPs have a Narrow Seven -Day Window to Resign from Education Minnesota: September 24-30

In most cases, the terms for resigning from the union are usually based on the anniversary date of when you signed the card. This means that the date to resign is unique to the individual employee. But for the 66,000 licensed K-12 teachers and 7,400 ESPs (para-professionals, payroll clerks and lunch room helpers) who signed an Education Minnesota union card, there is a very narrow seven-day window to resign that runs between September 24 and September 30. ...

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Uff-Da: What teachers must do to get a $30 refund from Education Minnesota for PAC, etc.

The full implications of the Janus case will not be known for many years. In the meantime, teachers and the legislators who represent them, should insist that the union adopt new customer friendly policies that are respectful of the rights and time of teachers. Eliminating Education Minnesota’s PAC refund policy is a good place to begin....

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Are public employers in Minnesota complying with the Janus ruling? Employers should immediately stop deducting “fair share” fees.

The High Court said that employees who declined to join the union, but who were forced to pay “fair share” fees, no longer should be charged those fees. Their employer should immediately cease to deduct any fee to a workplace union. Employees who are members of the union now have the option to become nonmembers, and thus stop paying dues to the union. (More on that later; for now, look at your union card for the terms. If you do not have it, get a copy.)...

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Chicago Tribune: How AFSCME’s demands invited the Janus case

UPDATE: OPINION TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW. I am in my office again this morning waiting for the High Court to issue opinions starting at 10:00 AM EST; we may hear on Janus this morning. If we do not, we will hear sometime this week. I got a sweet note from Mark Janus this morning. He is in D.C. waiting for the High Court to rule on Janus v AFSCME. He forwarded the damning Editorial from the Chicago Tribune to share with you....

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Will the High Court Stop Forced Union Fees for Public Employees?

We are standing by live right now to see if the Supreme Court rules in favor of restoring the First Amendment rights of public employees; in Janus v Afscme, the Court has been asked to overturn a 1977 decision that forces them to pay agency fees to a union.  If the Court does not rule today, it could rule Friday, or next Monday--or another day next week. But it will rule by June 29. ...

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MINNESOTA VOTERS ALLIANCE v. State of Minnesota and Joe Mansky: The First Amendment Wins, Again!

This case out of Minnesota was a challenge to the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that prohibits “political” apparel at the polls. The Court ruled 7-2 that this ban violates the First Amendment. "Minnesota has not supported its good intentions with a law capable of reasoned application." Ouch! ...

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Religious Freedom Narrowly Protected 7-2: Baker Does Not Have to Make Cake for Same-Sex Couple

This is a great day for America; our First Amendment jurisprudence remains strong in the face of attacks on our Judeo-Christian culture. In a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. The opinion was written by Justice Kennedy who penned the opinion making gay marriage the law of the land in 2015. It is good that the Court did not split along the usual ideological lines but the ruling, which invited future challenges, is "a half-baked cake." ...

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