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Will the High Court Stop Forced Union Fees for Public Employees?

We are standing by live right now to see if the Supreme Court rules in favor of restoring the First Amendment rights of public employees; in Janus v Afscme, the Court has been asked to overturn a 1977 decision that forces them to pay agency fees to a union.  If the Court does not rule today, it could rule Friday, or next Monday--or another day next week. But it will rule by June 29. ...

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Let’s Talk Janus on MPR Tuesday with Kerri Miller: Public Employee Union Case

Kim Crockett will join Kerri Miller on MPR tomorrow, Tuesday June 19th for an hour at 9:00 AM (91.1 FM) to discuss the public employee union fee case, Janus v Afscme. They will be joined by Jon Shelton, who studies the history of unions at UW-Green Bay. The High Court will rule by the end of June. Please join the conversation by calling 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828....

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MINNESOTA VOTERS ALLIANCE v. State of Minnesota and Joe Mansky: The First Amendment Wins, Again!

This case out of Minnesota was a challenge to the constitutionality of a Minnesota law that prohibits “political” apparel at the polls. The Court ruled 7-2 that this ban violates the First Amendment. "Minnesota has not supported its good intentions with a law capable of reasoned application." Ouch! ...

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Religious Freedom Narrowly Protected 7-2: Baker Does Not Have to Make Cake for Same-Sex Couple

This is a great day for America; our First Amendment jurisprudence remains strong in the face of attacks on our Judeo-Christian culture. In a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. The opinion was written by Justice Kennedy who penned the opinion making gay marriage the law of the land in 2015. It is good that the Court did not split along the usual ideological lines but the ruling, which invited future challenges, is "a half-baked cake." ...

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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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