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Crockett speech on Janus blown away by nor’easter in Philadelphia: Communing with the Framers, Meeting Prof. Amy Wax

Philadelphia has been shut down by a nor'easter. (We call them blizzards). Tomorrow morning, I am going to pop into Independence Hall. Then, assuming this town re-opens, I am going to Penn Law to meet an amazing law professor named Amy Wax. She is a bold, politically incorrect talent on the law faculty that the school and Black Lives Matter mob is trying to gag. ...

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Union Loophole is Challenged in Massachusetts: Could Minnesota be Next?

In forced-dues states like Minnesota, teachers and cops are forced to fund the political agenda of their union. So for example, in 2016, the teachers’ union and AFSCME (both AFL-CIO affiliated) and the SEIU all supported candidate Hillary Clinton. That means that public employees who preferred one of the GOP candidates, or Bernie Sanders, were essentially forced to write a check to Hillary Clinton and the DNC in order to keep their job. Doesn’t that seem out of whack in America? ...

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Should Teachers Have the Right to Strike? A Look at West Virginia and the Twin Cities.

Reasonable people can disagree about the wisdom of allowing public employees to legally strike, especially when union members are sitting on the school board. If strikes are illegal, as we saw in West Virginia, it does not mean that teachers cannot strike. The chances of being fired are close to zero, whether the state is right to work or not....

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Teachers Pension, on Downward Slide, Wants to Lower Return Assumption: Admits to $9 Billion Deficit Even with Taxpayer Cash Aid

The Teachers Retirement Association (TRA) told legislators last month that it wanted to drop its assumed rate of return from 8.5% to 7.5%. TRA is the last fund in the U.S. to assume an 8.5% rate of return; the average is now 7.36%. The other pension funds in Minnesota assumed 8%. Why do Minnesota funds think they can earn more than other funds in the country? What if they are wrong? TRA is the last public fund in the entire United States to assume 8.5%. ...

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Another Segment: Union Dues Spent on Political Advocacy Without Permission

Hard-working public employees are forced to pay money to a government union as a pre-condition of employment. The decision to financially support a union is a decision that employees should get to make for themselves, not one that is decided for them. Especially when their dues—and “fair share fees”—are being used to advance politics that may conflict with their beliefs. Like a previous post I wrote, this post will raise awareness about another group being financed by union money without prior member approval....

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What Big Labor Thinks of American Experiment

The current issue of the New Labor Forum includes a long column by Max Fraser, a left-winger who writes for publications like the Nation and Dissent and, improbably, is associated with both Dartmouth and Yale. His column is titled "Organized Money: What is Corporate America Thinking?--Freedom’s Janus Face." Fraser briefly notes the likely significance of the Janus case: [W]ith the Court likely to issue a decision in the closely watched Janus v. AFSCME case sometime in late spring or early summer, the pro-business forces which have been spearheading the legislative and juridical assault have already begun sharpening their knives for what may...

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Union Organizer Warns of Chaos if Big Labor Loses Janus Case

It's never over til it's over, but big labor has largely conceded its public employee union monopoly through forced dues and fair-share fees will end when the Supreme Court rules on the Janus case that went before the justices last week.  Minnesota's biggest government worker unions--AFSCME, Education Minnesota and MAPE--began taking steps months ago to lock in membership and dues from tens of thousands of members in advance of the decision. American Experiment has written extensively about the questionable tactics of the state's most powerful public employee union, Education Minnesota, in particular. RELATED NEWS: Unions Act as if They've Lost Already But...

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Janus Union Fee Case Already Having a Good Effect, Except @ AFT

"The internal AFT slideshow predicts that if the Supreme Court rules to undercut agency fees, the increased time spent on “member maintenance” will detract from the organization’s “other more progressive union activities,” which are unspecified in the document. Some unions, it also warns, won’t be able to stay afloat."...

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Why Public Sector Unions Are Inherently Corrupt

Michael Ramirez uses a familiar desktop toy to illustrate why public sector unions inherently pose a conflict of interest. Click to enlarge: When politicians negotiate the pay and benefits of union members with union officials, who then turn around and contribute to the politicians' campaigns, the inevitable result is corruption. In 21st century America, largely because of public sector unions, government itself has become our nation's largest and most powerful special interest group. Franklin Roosevelt opposed collective bargaining by government sector employees. I disagree with Roosevelt on many issues, but this one, I think he got right. ...

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Celebrating the Anniversary of a Victory Against Fake Unionization: Child Care Provider Freedom

Congratulations! It has been two years since child care providers around the state did something truly remarkable: they defeated a prolonged and well-financed attempt to convert their homes and businesses into union workplaces. These amazing women got organized to defeat AFSCME, and are still working hard to protect their businesses from unreasonable regulations and interference from the state. ...

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