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Teacher workplace democracy is a principle but not a practice

Workplace democracy is, unfortunately, a short-lived promise to teachers in Minnesota. While teachers’ unions often claim to favor a democratic approach to our public education system, teachers are rendered mute when it comes to choosing their own union. Workplace democracy is a principle, not a practice. ...

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Decertification Election Bill for PCAs Advances in the Legislature

Last year, the HHS law contained a very odd provision; it empowered the governor to not only negotiate a new contract with the SEIU but it pre-ratified that contract with absolutely NO legislative review or approvals. Now that contract is being used to bar the decertification election that almost 11,000 PCAs have asked for. Why would the Legislature reward a law that cuts them out of the process? Why is the SEIU afraid of an election? ...

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Teachers’ Union pressures teachers to sign renewal agreement: should you sign?

In anticipation of losing the Janus case, the union is trying to do two things: first, it wants to lock in your membership dues. Note the language in the renewal form: it authorizes dues deductions “irrespective of union membership.” What does that mean? Second, the union is trying to update its database so it has full contact information including the last four digits of your social security number, your cell phone and personal email address. The union does not need that data to represent you. ...

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The political ideology favored by teachers’ unions is not reflective of all members

Teachers’ unions are one of the largest political campaign spenders in the country. But the members these unions represent do not get to choose who or what their hard-earned money supports. Union dues are spent on political advocacy that does not reflect the beliefs or priorities of many of its members. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop the union from advancing its own agenda....

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Remembering Dr. King: What would he say about K-12 “restorative justice” discipline policies?

School districts, under pressure from the Obama administration, adopted new student discipline policies referred to often as “restorative justice.” One of the goals was to reduce the number of minority children being disciplined or expelled from school. This is a worthy goal but how are the new policies working out for students and teachers?...

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Education Minnesota tells members the Center is a “group to watch”

It's no secret public-sector unions are opposed to a favorable outcome for Mark Janus in the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. But their dire warnings that a pro-plaintiff ruling will “threaten” public workers and “strip away freedoms” are off-base and misleading. Education Minnesota—the state’s most powerful teachers’ union—is telling its members the goal of Janus is to “take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions…” Education Minnesota is also warning its members to “watch for” “right-wing ‘think tanks’ and advocacy groups [that] will try to twist the facts about union membership, dues and...

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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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