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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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Lawmakers Revive Bill Cracking Down on Freeway Protesters

One of leftist protesters' go-to tactics involves shutting down freeways and blocking transit lines. The most notorious incident occurred in July 2016 when protesters took over I-94 following the death of Philando Castile. Most recently activists targeted the light rail line on Super Bowl Sunday, albeit with limited success in the Star Tribune's account. At least 40 people strung themselves across the Metro Transit Green Line tracks near the University of Minnesota, blocking the tracks midafternoon for ticket holders using the line to get to the stadium. A handful locked themselves to each other and to a railing at the station with a...

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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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The Thrill is Gone: Minnesota Students Are Being Deprived of Real Protest. Even in Chaska.

Do you remember the good old days when walking out of school, or skipping school, had real consequences? Now in many school districts in Minnesota and around the country, the left has so deeply permeated school administrations and the teachers’ union, that they are helping students stage protests. They are even helping students make posters in the classrooms. providing materials and class time! ...

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Teacher Union Advisory to Teachers: Walk the Fine Line to Support School Protests (e.g. Disrupt School)

Reasonable people disagree on gun control and how to keep our schools safe. The question is what is the proper forum for discussion? The NEA has endorsed school administrators leveraging taxpayer dollars and classroom time to support this political movement. This is very dangerous territory for our nation and our public schools. The NEA and its affiliates need to be called out and held accountable by state lawmakers and Congress so parents and teachers can take our schools back. Will they have the courage to do it? ...

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Children Are Being Used to Call for Gun Control Wednesday: Keep Your Children Home (In Protest) #KeepYourKidHome

School aged children will be walking out of classrooms tomorrow morning all over Minnesota and the nation to “protest” in favor of new gun-control laws. My suggestion if your school is participating? Keep your children home from school. The districts will lose the per diem funding from the state for the whole day. It is the only thing that will get them to sit up and take notice from Minnesotans who do not think this is proper. #KeepYourKidHome...

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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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Janus Union Fee Case Already Having a Good Effect, Except @ AFT

"The internal AFT slideshow predicts that if the Supreme Court rules to undercut agency fees, the increased time spent on “member maintenance” will detract from the organization’s “other more progressive union activities,” which are unspecified in the document. Some unions, it also warns, won’t be able to stay afloat."...

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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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