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Education Minnesota: The Union Forces Members to Fund PAC, Makes it Hard to Get Refund

Each year Education Minnesota charges members $25.00 for its political action committee or “PAC.” PAC money is spent on political parties (OK mostly one party), candidates and other political funds. Then it makes members ask for a refund. And makes it hard to get one. This arrangement is disrespectful of members and imposes an unreasonable burden on the constitutional right of teachers and ESPs not to fund a union PAC. The legislature needs to fix this. ...

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Teachers: You do not have to meet with a union rep before resigning this week.

Minnesota teachers who are choosing to exercise their First Amendment rights and resign from union membership are being told that they need to meet with their local union official before they can opt-out. A meeting is not required under the law, teaching contract, or under the union membership card. Your decision to opt-out is a private decision, and you are under no obligation to meet with anyone to discuss your decision....

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Union Executive and Staff Pay Far Exceeds Teachers; State Union Dues Increase Again

Denise Specht, President of Education Minnesota makes over $206,000 a year. Specht's gross salary increased $5,794 in 2016. Almost 70 executives and other staff at Education Minnesota make over $100,000 in salary. State dues have gone up by $7; dues range from $650 to $1,400. There were 6,534 reported agency fee payers in 2017....

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American Experiment event celebrating free speech protected by police while police union protested outside

The Teamsters are certified under the law to represent police officers all over the state. The Center had to hire police to protect us while the Center and our guests exercised our right to gather and speak. We had to hire police to protect us from possible interruptions, or worse, from the police union and other public-sector unions and protesters. ...

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Public unions: Navigating new era of opting in rather than opting out

Let's look at how the Supreme Court's Janus decision may affect public employees who have been paying full union dues.  This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on September 15, 2018. It is back-to-school time for teachers and education support professionals (ESPs), but is it back to the union, as well? At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forcing public employees to fund a union as a condition of employment violated their First Amendment rights. That long-anticipated decision in Janus vs. AFSCME had immediate financial consequences for Minnesota’s public-sector unions and some employees. Across Minnesota, government employers stopped...

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“Happy Constitution Day, if You Can Keep It: The long-term survival of the Founders’ design depends on people, not parchment.”

The Center is celebrating the Constitution today by hosting Mark and Rebecca and their legal victory in June (Janus v. Afscme) at a luncheon in Minneapolis; they fought for and won the right of public employees to choose for themselves whether to pay dues to a union.We have been told that Teamsters are going to show up to protest this First Amendment victory. While I have some thoughts about a union that represents our women and men in blue using union dues to protest the Janus case, I note today that our great country honors and defends our right to...

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Instant Pay Raise: How to Leave Your Public Employee Union

Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs will be in the Twin Cities on Monday to discuss their role in the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public employee unions cannot force government workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Tickets to the American Experiment noon forum at the Downtown Minneapolis Hilton remain available. But anyone interested in a sneak preview of what to expect should check out the column in today's Star Tribune by American Experiment policy fellow and general counsel Kim Crockett. It is back-to-school time for teachers and education support professionals (ESPs), but is it back to the...

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September 24-30 is decision time for Minnesota Educators: Union Sets Narrow Exit Window Once a Year

EducatedTeachersMn.com is a website the Center created just for teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) who belong to the teachers’ union, Education Minnesota. The project seeks to inform and empower teachers and ESPS by offering them practical advice and assistance on how to resign from the union. (You can generate a resignation letter starting next week.) It features educational material about the state and national teachers’ unions, how dues are being spent and alternatives to membership in the union. ...

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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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