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American Experiment Heads to DC: First Amendment Challenge Could Free All Public Employees from Forced Unionism

Does anyone really believe that Education Minnesota or AFSCME-5 are spending the bulk of their dues revenues on negotiating contracts? Everything the unions do, from collective bargaining, electioneering and lobbying, is inherently political because it effects taxes, spending and policies made by elected officials. No one should be forced to underwrite that....

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Should Minnesota Restrict What We Wear to the Polls? The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide.

Andy Cilek and other Minnesotans are at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning to defend their right to wear “political clothing” when they vote. Minnesota bans t-shirts or hats that suggest support for a world view, candidate or political party. It is a broad restriction on speech. With the able assistance of our friends at the Pacific Legal Foundation, and the support of the ACLU, this case will finally be heard....

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Kris Greene goes to Washington to Defend Medicaid Against Union Dues-Skimming: Crockett in NRO

Kris and I indulged by splitting a HUGE apple fritter. Believe me, we walked it off. We wish all our PCAs from Minnesota could have been there. We will keep you posted on the legislation as it progresses. And also the  union decertification led by Kris and other PCAs with help from attorney Doug Seaton in Minnesota. We need both to succeed. ...

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If we care about employee freedom, we should care about Janus

In a little over a month, the Supreme Court is set to hear a momentous case on paying forced dues to public sector unions—Janus v. AFSCME. If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiff, Mark Janus, every government employee across the country will have the right to choose for himself or herself whether to give money to a union. Public sector unions have denounced the case, calling it a “political scheme” and a “threat to public workers.” Most recently, the case was criticized by Marietta English—a vice president for the national labor union American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—in a piece titled “If...

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New Report: Over a Billion in Union Dues Spent on Left-Wing Politics from 2010-2016

Think about it: in a country that prides itself on protecting citizen’s free speech rights, which includes the right NOT to speak and the right NOT to associate with a group or political party, we force people to support the political agenda of unions in order to keep their job. That is just wrong—especially when it is the government that collects the dues for government unions like the NEA. ...

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Conservative Speaker Ben Shapiro Not Welcome on Concordia Moorhead Campus

Concerns over the left's attacks on free speech, particularly on college campuses, made the front page above the fold this week in the Star Tribune. American Experiment's John Hinderaker, who was quoted by the paper, blogged here on the security surrounding what not so long ago would have been an ordinary night out featuring conservative speaker Charlie Kirk at the University of Minnesota. When we approached Anderson Hall, the site of Charlie Kirk’s speech, traffic barricades had been erected and the entrance was being guarded by at least a half dozen armed officers, both from the University of Minnesota campus police...

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Free Speech Is Under Attack On Minnesota’s Campuses

Today's Star Tribune has a front-page story on the assault on free speech at the University of Minnesota, in which I am quoted: The barricades were in place outside Anderson Hall, and a half-dozen police officers stood guard inside long before the guest speaker arrived. Charlie Kirk, a 24-year-old conservative firebrand, was bringing his pro-capitalism, small-government message to the University of Minnesota on Dec. 5. And he clearly was expecting some blowback. “Tonight I will be smashing socialism at the University of Minnesota!” Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted that morning. “Protests expected from the intolerant campus left. Will be fun!” As...

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Center of the American Experiment Joins Amicus Brief in Forced Union Fees Case Before U.S. Supreme Court, Unions Push Back

The Janus case is expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in January of 2018 so stay tuned. The case is first and foremost a defense of Free Speech and Liberty, which if successful, will begin to restore some sanity to our country. Why should public employees have to support the political speech of a union in order to keep their jobs? And what price have we paid for monopoly funding to government unions for the last 50 years? How has our electoral and legislative process been warped? ...

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