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National Education Association Meeting: A Social Justice Summit?

Marxist philosophy, abortion, gun control, open borders and transgender advancement were among the political ideas marketed to educators and their classrooms last weekend at the National Education Association (NEA) annual union meeting, hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center. As teachers perused booths retailing titles such as “Marxist Education,” “A World to Win, the Life and Works of Karl Marx,” and “How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America,” some attendees questioned the legitimacy of the union as a representative body. As one vendor put it, “do you really think that the average joe, like a normal guy just off the street would come in...

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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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Star Tribune Calls on Government Unions to Reform

The landmark Supreme Court ruling that public employees cannot be forced to fund organized labor as a condition of getting a paycheck continues to reverberate as the ramifications for union bosses and Democratic pols sink in. Big labor's government gravy train just hit a major obstacle on the tracks in the form of the Janus v. AFSCME decision. American Experiment's Kim Crockett put it this way at a Wednesday press conference and on the Center's website. The Court overturned a 1977 decision called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, holding that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to a union, and that...

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Janus Wins: Supreme Court Restores First Amendment Rights of Public Employees. Now What?

“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union; employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, neither an agency fee nor any other form of payment to a public-sector union may be deducted from an employee, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.”...

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The Problem with Public Sector Unions

[Related side comment:] In today’s landmark Janus decision, the minority accused the majority of “weaponizing the First Amendment.”  Really?  Are these political operatives on a TV show or justices of the United States Supreme Court? Earlier this year Daniel DiSalvo, associate professor of political science at the City College of New York, published a good essay in City Journal that mentioned some of the problems with public sector unions that never seem to enter the public discussion. Inherent Conflict of Interest Elected officials face an inherent conflict of interest when they deal with public-sector unions.  When they are running for office they go...

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Billboards School Thousands of NEA Members Coming to Twin Cities

Keep an eye out for American Experiment's newest round of electronic billboards popping up this week in the Twin Cities. Timing is everything with the billboards going live just before for Independence Day on July 4, as well as the Janus v. AFSCME case expected to be decided by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. The issue before the high court concerns whether public employees, including teachers, can be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. The billboard points teachers to the EducatedTeachersMN.com website with information on how public employees, particularly more than 70,000 Minnesota teachers, can opt out of...

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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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Overturning ‘fair share’ union fees would restore balance

Many public employees object to union policies. The Supreme Court is in a position to overturn a requirement of "fair share" fees.  This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on June 21, 2018. Minnesota law requires public employees to fund unions even when they are not a member and they object to union policies. Once certified, unions get the revenue just for showing up; the state even collects the dues, at no charge. What would happen if public-sector unions like Education Minnesota had to earn revenue from teachers and other public employees? We may soon find out. The U.S. Supreme Court is...

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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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