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Minnesota Continues to Violate Public Employee Speech Rights

The Center launched the Employee Freedom Project late in 2015. The goal was to alert public employees, the citizenry and elected officials not only about the dominant role public-sector unions have come to play in setting public policy and electing the officials who govern our lives but to expose how public employees were being forced to fund the political agenda and political preferences of government unions. Since then, some very good things have happened but much is left to be done....

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“No Safe Spaces” Screening Was a Smash

Last night, the Center hosted a pre-screening of No Safe Spaces, a documentary that will be released in the Fall. In riveting fashion, it tells the story of the Left's attack on free speech, which began on America's campuses but has spread into the rest of our society. The movie features Dennis Prager and Adam Corolla, and includes appearances by Alan Dershowitz, Cornel West, Shelby Steele, Jordan Peterson, and more. This is the trailer for the film. Release was moved back from 2018 to 2019, in part because anti-free speech outrages continued to occur and some were included in...

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ND Saloon Makes a Federal Case Out of City Ban on Murals

The optics may be different than the case featuring a showdown between an inflatable Mario outside a Florida video store and local authorities determined to ban it. But the same principles drive a similar legal standoff playing out next door in North Dakota, thanks to the Institute for Justice, a national nonprofit law firm that specializes in defending Americans' constitutional rights. The controversy focuses on a mural painted on the side of a Mandan saloon dubbed the "Lonesome Dove." The owners thought a painting of a western landscape with cattle and cowboys amid a setting sun might round up more business--and it...

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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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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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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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