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Supreme Court’s Janus ruling should apply to union members, too

After the Janus decision at the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Minnesota ordered all public employers to stop deducting “fair-share” fees from nonmember paychecks. But the state was silent about union members who had previously signed a union membership card authorizing the deduction of dues. Did Janus affect union members, too? Although Janus dealt directly with nonmembers who paid a “fair-share” fee, the court’s reasoning applies to union members, as well. ...

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Schadenfreude on Monday Morning: SEIU employees threaten to strike against union

I got a text this morning alerting me to a potential strike by the people who work as employees for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). "OPEIU rejected the SEIU’s last, best and final offer, arguing that the SEIU was cutting the number of union-staffed professional and technical support positions and was outsourcing the work to non-union consultants."...

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Minnesota teachers are trapped by arbitrary union terms, forcing them to fund Education Minnesota’s partisan political spending.

I get to talk to the hosts of Education Nation tonight about the one of my favorite topics: how the teachers’ union is a political organization using teachers’ dues to fund a decidedly leftist agenda that has damaged the teaching profession and brought chaos to our public schools and culture. Education Nation hosts, Rebekah Hagstrom and Marc Durkin, on 1280AM The Patriot broadcast every Saturday night from 6:00—6:30 pm. Tonight we will review a report my colleague Catrin Thorman and I released this winter. It reveals how Minnesota teachers are trapped by arbitrary union terms, forcing them to fund Education Minnesota’s partisan...

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Litigation Continues Following the Janus Employee Freedom Victory: Could You be a Plaintiff?

Janus v Afscme was not just about ending “fair share” fees. The Supreme Court ruled that public-sector unions must get "clear and affirmative consent" from union members before taking money from an employee's paycheck for union dues. But employers and government unions are ignoring that directive. The Center is looking for public employees who want to exercise their constitutional right to resign union membership but cannot do so because of restrictive union terms. Could that plaintiff be you? ...

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Minnesota teachers are judged solely by the color of their skin; asked to change curriculum for black students.

While we are still thinking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to bring a startling development to your attention: public school teachers are being subjected to on-the-job mental abuse and bullying. Teachers are being told they are white supremacists by people who judge them solely on the basis of their skin color. They are forced to listen to crude language (so they could better understand black culture), and then blamed, as whites, for the achievement gap. The kicker? Teachers are being asked to change the "white curriculum" to accommodate black students. Who does this serve? Certainly not teachers...

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The Janus Effect: Public Sector Unionization Rate is Slightly Down

The rate of unionization in Minnesota for state-level employees is now about 98 percent; the rate for municipal employees is about 54 percent, one of the highest rates in the nation. After increasing for decades, the rate of unionization in the public sector dropped by .5 percent. Is this the start of a new trend? ...

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Center of the American Experiment Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of Personal Care Attendants (PCAs)

After filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a St. Cloud University faculty member, Kathy Uradnik, the Center filed an amicus brief in support of a related challenge, Bierman v. Dayton. The Center’s brief calls on the court to recognize that state laws forcing recipients of government welfare benefits to speak through unions is unconstitutional. It agrees with Petitioners in Bierman v. Dayton that the lower courts have improperly exempted such "exclusive representation" schemes from scrutiny under the First Amendment. PCAs in about a dozen states have been unionized by government unions such as AFSCME and the...

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Center of the American Experiment Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Forced Exclusive Representation by Unions

Professor Kathy Uradnik, from St. Cloud University, has bravely taken a stand to demand her First Amendment rights by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end unfair laws that force her to speak through a union she is not a member of. Her union—the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) at St. Cloud State University—created a system that discriminates against non-union faculty members. Minnesota law forces Kathy Uradnik (and all public employees) to accept this second-class treatment....

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